Someone I know is attempting to place blame on me for an auto accident I am not liable for, can they w/o proper information?

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UPDATED: May 27, 2012

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Insurance Question from Memphis, TN

Asked on 05/27/2012

Someone I know is attempting to place blame on me for an auto accident I am not liable for, can they w/o proper information? They have my license plate number and car details however they do not have the insurance information or my drivers license number. Just my plates and possibly my name. I'm afraid this could surprise me down the road, would someone be able to do anything with that information?

Answer given on June 24, 2012

If someone believes that you caused an auto accident and they have your license plate number, they can go to the police who can track you down with that information. They will probably contact you about the incident and make a report.If you are certain you were not responsible for the accident, you may still want to talk to your insurance agent and explain the situation. You can put your agent or company on notice about the incident so they can be prepared if the other party contacts them regarding the incident. Your insurance company will want to investigate and determine if you were involved or not, based on your statements, the statements of the other party and any other information available. Be sure you are honest with your insurance company regarding the accident and false statements can cause you to lose your insurance, and you could be charged with a crime. It is not worth it to deny anything that is not true.

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