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AIBU to expect a motorist to stop after he has taken my wing mirror off

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CarrotCruncher Sat 24-Nov-12 01:32:28

...when my car is parked outside my house?

Well they didn't stop and i'm feeling a bit cheesed off tbh.i was just wondering what over people would have done and whether they would have knocked on a few houses to find out who the car belonged to and own up.

YouCanBe Sat 24-Nov-12 11:12:43

Oh. I did this. Parked down the road to calm down for five minutes as it was a shock, got out to find the car and it had gone! I felt awful!

MrsjREwing Sat 24-Nov-12 11:16:56

I was sat in my car when a lorry did the same, his licence was filthy so I couldn't do anything, bastard.

girlsyearapart Sat 24-Nov-12 11:23:08

I've had this done to my car - on the street side not the road side.
Loads of cars got done. Thinking kids smashing with bats or similar.

I ordered a new mirror off eBay & dh fitted it. Miles cheaper than garage if you can do similar?

CarrotCruncher Sat 24-Nov-12 12:10:56

Thanks for the replies everybody;It is very kind of you.I am very pleased that there are so many good people on this thread who would stop and report an incident like this.

Blueberry Hill why did you not pursue the claim as you had the name and number of the lorry and company.I would have called the police and forensics would have found where the impact was on the lorry most probably.I think you had a very good case to report it either way.hard luck by the way it really is very annoying when people do that.

CarrotCruncher Sat 24-Nov-12 12:13:49

I had an incident where it was definetly 50/50 case small narrow road and we were both most probably going a little bit too fast.The other motorist got out and went ballistic at me saying it was all my fault(red head btw) ,i thought she was going to shoot me in the fcae but fortunately didn't and they didn't pursue any claims either

CarrotCruncher Sat 24-Nov-12 12:14:13


TigerFeet Sat 24-Nov-12 12:21:16

I've had this happen to me at least three times that I can think of - more and more expensive each time as wing mirrors have got more complicated with electrics etc.

DH is currently having an insurance claim placed against him by a woman who overtook a line of parked cars and hit him coming the other way damaging wing mirrors on both cars. He saw her speed off up the road so didn't stop. Next thing he knew was she'd turned round, overtaken a couple of cars to catch him up and flashed him. He stopped and she had a go at him for not getting out of her way hmm. I hope the insurance tells the stupid cow to bog off, dh wasn't at fault, he was driving on the right side of the road under the speed limit. Her boyfriend turned up as well getting all agressive.

There are some arseholes out there that won't take responsibility, sadly.

When I backed into someone's car a couple of years ago I owned up, went through insurance and both cars were repaired. I felt shitty about it but would have felt worse had I not owned up.

CarrotCruncher Sat 24-Nov-12 12:32:30

Good on you Tigerfeet much respect going out to you.I think a good tip for you if somebody starts causing a breach of the peace(swearing etc) at a roadside incident is to call the police on 999.That is what i was told to do by a police officer

CarrotCruncher Sat 24-Nov-12 12:33:31

Nothing worse than giving an unreasonable aggresive person your home address etc .It can be very unnerving(If thats a word)

Plomino Sat 24-Nov-12 12:39:30

It's also a road traffic offence , and one for which you can be arrested these days . Carrot cruncher , If you get a minute , go to the police station and report it . Depending on where you are , they'll either do a report then , or give you a self reporting form to take away and do at your leisure . You never know , you might get a result .

BlueberryHill Sat 24-Nov-12 13:07:27

Carrot, we considered approaching him directly and asking him to pay and going to small claims with 2 witness statements and trying to get a photo of the lorry. In the end, he will refer it to his insurers and in all likelihood they will assign 50/50 liability. I've been there before, paid the excess and then taken the hit on insurance premiums when it hasn't been my fault. In the end there is nothing to prove that any damage done to his wing mirror was caused when he hit our wing mirror. It is cheaper to just repair the mirror in the end. Bastard, bastard, bastard.

Worse thing is, I can see the sodding lorry parked at a house in the village we live in.

MrsWhoGivesaShit Sat 24-Nov-12 16:30:17

I wouldn't and haven't.

catsmother Sat 24-Nov-12 17:31:16

This happened to me when I was sat - stationary - in a one way system that had 2 lanes IYSWIM. The left hand lane was moving and a great big lorry took my wing mirror off on the passenger side because he insisted on squeezing through a gap that was too small. And then drove on. I pulled across and chased him, flashing him, for ten miles, until he finally stopped and "claimed" he didn't know and hadn't seen me flashing. Yeah right.

Those of you who wouldn't stop - you should be ashamed of yourselves. How bloody selfish you are. Why the hell should someone have to pay for your mistake ? I'm absolutely broke and if I did this, I'd still stop because I couldn't have it on my conscience that I'd caused expense for someone else (whose circumstances could be even worse than mine) because I drove carelessly.

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