Husband's friends stayed over last weekend. Reversing off our drive he's twatted the neighbour's car, pretty bad damage to the rear wing (I think most likely a whole new light and wing, mucho dollar I think) He's left a note on the neighbour's car with the wrong phone number on it, first we knew of it was when neighbour knocked to see if we had seen anything, then when he showed us the note DH recognised the writing.
'Friend' has been messaged the neighbour's phone number and asked to call him, reply was 'oh yes I left a note I've been waiting for a phone call from them, I will give them a bell'
If friend doesn't make contact WIBU to pass on his phone number? This is going to make things very awkward with the neighbours if not resolved, we only moved in at the start of the year. Plus you can't go round hitting cars and driving off!
We are seriously questioning our friendship with this person as a result of this.
Isn't illegal to leave the scene of an accident? I'd tell the "friend" that the neighbour is going to call the police. Was the number only slightly different or had he deliberately left the wrong number?
I'd tell a little white lie and tell the friend that another neighbour witnessed the accident and has offered to make a statement. Tell him you are doing him a huge favour as it is in fact illegal to leave the scene of a accident...AND...it is also a separate offense to knowingly give false details. Tell him you are happy to provide the neighbour with his correct details but that it needs to be done today, now, because they are calling the police and the neighbour is prepared to make a statement with the details of his car etc.
OK just checked and it is illegal if you don't leave your details - so I guess it depends how wrong the no is!! He just needs to fess up and get it sorted. He did the deed. I get fed up with people who do this as it is such a ball ache sorting it out and it gets pricey with panel resprays - my recent one is going to cost me upward of 300 quid grrr
You can't just leave a bashed in car because no-one was hurt! Apparently this is what you are supposed to do:
If you are driving a vehicle that is involved in an accident and any of these things happen:
Injury to anyone Damage to another vehicle Damage to an animal that is not in your vehicle (or trailer) Damage to property
You have to stop and give these details to anyone who reasonably asks for them.
Your name Your address The name of the owner of the vehicle The address of the owner of the vehicle The vehicle registration
If it is not possible to stop and give your details for a good reason then you have to report the accident in person to a police station or to a police officer. You must make the report as soon as possible and within 24 hours at the most.
Don't give his number, "friend" is obviously trying to dodge and will probsbly guve you and neighbour trouble.
Just give neighbour his reg number and tell them to go direct to their insurance company. Let the insurance companies sort from there. There really is no need for the individuals to talk to each other.
Hopefully, once it's got that far, "friend" will man up and get it sorted rather than deny responsibility.
Your husband's friend is an asshole, he really is, he must have known the neighbour would come to you when he realised that the number was wrong. I would give my neighbour the number and reg if I knew it and a bollocking to the "friend". Horrible position to put you in.
Tell neighbor you have passed contact details on and to let you know if he doesn’t get in touch! If he doesn’t I don’t think giving the phone number will help. Give your neighbor the driver name registration if you can find it out and say if insurance can’t track him down to let you know what information they need to track him! As pp have said there is no need for people to talk and if your ‘friend’ wanted to sort things without going though insurance you have given him that chance!