It is possible that both drivers could be at fault in circumstances involving illegally parked cars: the one for violating parking regulations and the other for negligently striking the parked vehicle. Take the following steps after hitting an illegally parked car:
Stop And Leave Your Information
Whenever you are involved in an accident, you are legally required to stop. Stop as close as possible to the collision site. Investigate whether anyone has been injured. Please call 911 if there appear to be injuries or damage exceeding $750 in value. Await the arrival of the police.
A police officer will gather your name, address, and insurance information and pass them on to the other driver. It is still imperative that you report your collision, even if you do not feel it was serious enough to be reported to the police.
Find out who owns the parked car. You can leave a note on the driver’s vehicle if you cannot get in touch within a reasonable period of time – somewhere noticeable. On the note, include your full name, phone number, and insurance information.
If you damage someone else’s car and leave the scene without reporting it, you commit a second-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by heavy fines, suspension of your license, and up to 60 days in jail.
Call the Police For An Official Investigation
If you think the other driver may share some blame for illegally parking his or her car, you should contact the police in any event, even if the accident is minor. If the driver violated the parking regulations, the police can ticket them and will investigate the crash.
Your insurance company may be able to gather evidence to prove the other driver’s partly at fault, such as photos of the no parking sign or the tire markings on the other driver’s vehicle. It could help you convince an insurance company that you are not at fault during your claim if you have an official police report.