If I hit an out of use parking meter and it fell, does this qualify as leaving the scene of an accident?

If so, how much trouble would be getting into? I had read somewhere that if the property damage is less then $1,500 you are not required to file a police report as long as the vehicle you were driving has insurance.

Asked on September 19, 2011 under Accident Law, Illinois

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Some where where?  It is my understanding that every accident - one car, two car, car and pedestrian - requires that you file a police report even if there is no damage. And even if the parking meter was non-functioning it was probably  city property, correct?  then I think that the city might be a bit upset about things here.  And yes it could indeed qualify as leaving the scene of an accident.  I would try and file a belated report.  And you need to file with your insurance company as well, who may be a bit upset with you for leaving before the police were called and came.  Good luck to you.


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