If I was recently in a car accident with 3 of my friends, what can happen if I didn’t disclose the full truth regarding the incident to the police?

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If I was recently in a car accident with 3 of my friends, what can happen if I didn’t disclose the full truth regarding the incident to the police?

There were 4 of us in the car at the time of the wreck. The car owner and the driver lied and said the owner of the car was driving. My friend and I were the only 2 who told the truth on the accident report, however we did not tell the truth about who was driving when we were asked verbally. There is no written proof that we went along with their lie, although we did not admit to it. Can my friend and I get into any trouble for this?

Asked on May 27, 2015 under Accident Law, North Carolina

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

What you are saying is that you kind of lied my omission or silence, correct?  Well, it is still misrepresenting to the police in a round about way and I can see that it is bothering you.  While you have not said why you did not name the true driver or why your friend named a different driver, I suspect it was becuase there was a fear of retribution of some kind.  Perhaps you should confide in the reasons to some ne you trust and even a lawyer in your area.  Good luck.


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