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Hit & Run Collision - How to identify the driver?

Discussion in 'Auto Accidents, Injuries' started by bptfp, Jul 24, 2021.

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  1. bptfp

    bptfp Law Topic Starter New Member

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    My question involves a collision in the city of Seattle, county of King, state of Washington.

    A motorcyclist collided with my car whilst trying to merge in to the lane that I was driving in. The rider was aware of the collision but did not stop or even slow down to exchange information. I have video of the incident and can identify the motorcycle's license plate. The rider was wearing a helmet and thus I am not able to make out their face.

    Should I decide to pursue action against the rider, how would I proceed?
     
  2. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Did you file a complaint with the police?
     
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  3. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    You have several options available to you, most of them should not require explanation or elaboration.

    First of all, YOU can't pursue action against the ALLEGED perpetrator.

    You can, however, report the incident to your automobile insurer.

    You can report the matter to the local/city police, county sheriff, or state patrol/state troopers/state police (or whatever moniker is used in your state) in the jurisdiction where the alleged collision occurred.

    You should also hand over any alleged evidence you possess that supports your allegation.

    After a Collision
    If you are involved in or witness an auto accident where medical or police assistance is needed, call 9-1-1.

    If you pass an auto accident and it does not appear that assistance is needed, or you see involved parties on a wireless phone, or emergency personnel have already arrived, please do not call 9-1-1.

    If the collision is minor and you don't need police response:
    You should exchange insurance information.

    You can report collisions online via the Collision Report with Washington State Patrol here:
    Collision Reports - WSP

    If there is over $1,000 damage, you are required by law to report the collision to the Washington State Patrol.


    After a Collision - Police | seattle.gov


    If you are involved an accident, call 9-1-1 for a police response. If the police complete a written report, you do not need to complete an accident report, you just need to contact your insurance company. You need to file a report within 4 days to the State Department of Motor Vehicles.
    You can do that by clicking here: https://fortress.wa.gov/wsp/wrecr/OMVCR/


    Accident reports - King County.
     
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  4. bptfp

    bptfp Law Topic Starter New Member

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    No, pre-BLM they would refuse to investigate anything where significant damage did not occur. I doubt that policy has changed.
    Please explain how the city can make a case against an individual for a traffic crime but an individual cannot do the same to another individual.
    Yes, it was minor. A bit hard to exchange insurance information when the other party drives off, isn't it?
    Thank you for this link; I will read it further
     
  5. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    You should still file a complaint with the police. Hit and run is a crime.

    Give the information/video to your insurance company...they will have one of their investigators find the owner of the bike.
     
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  6. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Agree with both.
     
  7. Zigner

    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    That's not the point. You report it and then you have a record of your report that is contemporaneous with the incident. This will bolster any later claims you make.
    Because a private citizen doesn't charge another with a crime.
     
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    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    You should have contacted the police immediately to make a report. You should have contacted your insurance carrier immediately to report what happened.

    If you haven't done either of those things, do them immediately. Then proceed as the police and your insurer instruct you.

    I have no idea what "pre-BLM" means (the most common meaning is Bureau of Land Management, which is a federal agency that has existed for 75 years, so I doubt you were alive "pre-BLM"), but you don't need to the police to investigate. You do, however, need the police report.
     
  9. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Z, I believe that OP is referring to Black Lives Matter.
     
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  10. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    It makes reference to the days that preceeded the "Black Lives Matter" movement and it's sibling movements/causes.
     
  11. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    I believe Z was just being sarcastic. :D
     
  12. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Ahhh...Desert dry sense of humor then. ;)
     
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    1) File a police report. See post #7 fr the most obvious reason why.

    2) Report the incident to your insurance. Give them the information you have, including video. They have resources that you don't for identifying the bike owner. And believe me, your insurance would rather someone else pay for your repair.
     
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