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Re: Help! I hit a parked car!

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What if the owner is on holiday?
You still have to wait.

This is what happened once when a parking car got hit by 20 other cars while the owner was on holiday.
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Old 25.06.2015, 18:00
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Leaving a note does not pass a "Notify" as mandated by the law.

I know some cases where people were prosecuted for leaving the scene of an accident. Loss of license is not just an option.
You're right about the note, it has no legal standing just common sense to help the victim.

I assume the prosecuted ones didn't do the "notify the police" bit.

It says "If this is not possible, he shall immediately notify the police." to cover cases like cars parked on the street - there really is no way to immediately identify and notify the owner, so a call to the police stops it being "hit and run" as you are then identifiable when the owner calls them.

I'd hope the police ask about the level of damage, recommend taking photos, and decide whether it's necessary to come. I have no idea if they would ever say "OK, we'll just pass on your details to the owner" or always tell you to stay put until they arrive.
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Old 25.06.2015, 18:02
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Leaving a note does not pass a "Notify" as mandated by the law.

I know some cases where people were prosecuted for leaving the scene of an accident. Loss of license is not just an option.
Thanks for giving me a red blog with the message "Art. 51 Abs. 3 Swiss Road Code" as posted already. Do you have a link to where "leaving a note" does not pass as "notify" as mandated by the law? Or is that just your intepretation?
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Old 25.06.2015, 18:13
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Thanks for giving me a red blog with the message "Art. 51 Abs. 3 Swiss Road Code" as posted already. Do you have a link to where "leaving a note" does not pass as "notify" as mandated by the law? Or is that just your intepretation?
BGE 91 IV 22
http://www.servat.unibe.ch/dfr/bge/c4091022.html

Alltough from far far back, it was referenced in a case from 2004
http://www.servat.unibe.ch/dfr//bger..._281-2004.html
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Old 25.06.2015, 18:22
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Re: Help! I hit a parked car!

It is fantastic how a question can be answered so clearly and concisely on EF.
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Old 25.06.2015, 18:26
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BGE 91 IV 22
http://www.servat.unibe.ch/dfr/bge/c4091022.html

Alltough from far far back, it was referenced in a case from 2004
http://www.servat.unibe.ch/dfr//bger..._281-2004.html
There you go - far more useful than just repeating information to one person. Not too hard, was it?

For those who don't read German (see another point where you really could have been a little more helpful and community minded, instead of arguing (as you appear to be) that you are right and everyone must accept your word as the final arbiter): two instances of accidents where the responsible parties were unable to contact the owners immediately and didn't contact the police. When the police were finally informed, these people were prosecuted. So, if you have an accident where no-one is injured and you can't contact the owner immediately your choices are

a) Run away and hope no-one saw you (big punishment)
b) Inform the police (fine and even possible loss of licence)
c) Leave a note, inform your insurer, and hope that the owner/an officious bystander doesn't go to the police anyway. And if they do, and the police choose to prosecute you, then you may be fined, and again possibly lose your license.

Option C) still looks most attractive to me. IANAL, YMMV.
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Old 25.06.2015, 22:43
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Re: Help! I hit a parked car!

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I was recently involved in such a situation but i did not leave a note on the car because somebody can misuse it. i tried to find out the person from the internet and luckily for me, the car was from a company i could find on the internet, quickly phoned them and found out the owner of the car in 20 mins.
what would have happened if the plate was hidden (as many are)?


Anyway I would avoid calling the police if unnecessary, less trouble for everyone, also if they think the intervention was useless they make you pay for it, and police intervention cost a lot anyway it's tax money. But some people just flip out after an accident and rightly choose not to trust their judgement so I don't blame them.
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Old 25.06.2015, 23:22
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Re: Help! I hit a parked car!

Thank you! I did take pictures. I tried calling my insurance, but apparently they don't speak English and my French isn't good enough for this conversation. Luckily I didn't because the owner of the car has parking insurance and is completely covered without a deductible. I had my friend call her and she was so nice and appreciative that I left a note.
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Old 26.06.2015, 08:46
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Thank you! I did take pictures. I tried calling my insurance, but apparently they don't speak English and my French isn't good enough for this conversation. Luckily I didn't because the owner of the car has parking insurance and is completely covered without a deductible. I had my friend call her and she was so nice and appreciative that I left a note.
Parking insurance is there for when someone doesn't own up to the damage!
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Old 26.06.2015, 08:59
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Parking insurance is there for when someone doesn't own up to the damage!
Looks like that's gonna be the official story. I'm just not sure if it's a good idea to say so in public.
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Old 26.06.2015, 09:07
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Re: Help! I hit a parked car!

Please do not listen to everyone on this thread, they really don't know what they are talking about. The official protocol here is hand write this note and leave under driver side windscreen:

"I am writing this note, so that bystanders think I am leaving you my insurance and contact details.

I'm not, obviously.

Don't leave your car in such an awkward place next time.

Love and kisses,
Anon"
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Re: Help! I hit a parked car!

I'm a little surprised about notifying the police. Here where I live the police won't do anything unless there's blood over the road. They certainly won't move for minor parking incidents where there's no injury and even if they do, you won't see anyone for hours, possibly even the following day.
Even when there's a real emergency you won't see a policeman here for getting on for an hour. And that's speaking from experience, we had a motorcycle accident outside our house a couple of years ago. The ambulance services arrived and evacuated the poor guy away by helicopter before the Mr. Plods turned up (I don't blame the individual policemen, they're very pleasant and competent when they turn up, but the problem is the system - half the time they have to come all the way from Lausanne, which is 60 km away).
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