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Old 07-01-2013, 11:39 PM   #1
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Unhappy Hit rider seeking advice.

Kind of an inconvenient situation. My friends and I ride as a group - safety in the numbers, or so I thought.


During one of our rides and a bad judgement call, a new group rider following me close behind failed to slowdown hitting my bike during the ride. Both of us live, were are OK, but our bikes...its a different story. The police showed up, but no report was filed. Feeling sympathy, I decided to let him calm down and rest at least until the next day to talk insurance, and that was probably a bad decision.

This person stopped taking my calls and refuses to share insurance information.

My motorcycle is insured to liability only. So obviously my insurance won't cover damages. It sucks, but I'm seeking advice from the experienced. Any would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:44 PM   #2
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talk to your close friends in the group and see what they think

sounds like he doesn't have insurance..
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No police report .. so no record of accident. Bad move I would have requested one. There went my advice for a legal way to handle.

Find out where he lives .. tell him insurance card or whooping. That is a move and you get cause you were being way to nice.
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So we tried this approach. This person has insurance, but stopped taking my friend's calls as well...

after the wreck we drove him home and made sure he was alright. I do have his address, but seeing as hes avoiding this I don't think he'll answer the door either.
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So we tried this approach. This person has insurance, but stopped taking my friend's calls as well...

after the wreck we drove him home and made sure he was alright. I do have his address, but seeing as hes avoiding this I don't think he'll answer the door either.
That sucks...this person is piece of in my book for handling it this way. I wonder if you can find the officer who came to the call. I had a ticket given days after a cage accident and I traded info with the piece of I hit. The officer responded to the call so there is a record of that. By law I believe they have to give you the information if you are involved in an accident and they have insurance.
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..leave him a message, pony up the info or be ready to go to court. If he doesnt respond, file a civil suit.
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..leave him a message, pony up the info or be ready to go to court. If he doesnt respond, file a civil suit.
that was my original route of advice...i didnt know if you could file the civil suit (small claims court probably) without the police report. That why I would try to find the office who responded and see if they could help push the issue since they were a little lazy on the call. prob did not file report since they were being nice and not issuing this douche bag a failure to control speed citation.
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..leave him a message, pony up the info or be ready to go to court. If he doesnt respond, file a civil suit.
Thanks, Ulric. Small claims court is for <$5,000 in damages. My only problem would be, as with many riders, this person goes by a nick name. I have a first name at best, and would need a full name to file a case.

Any chance someone knows how to reverse search a cellphone number?
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Thanks, Ulric. Small claims court is for <$5,000 in damages. My only problem would be, as with many riders, this person goes by a nick name. I have a first name at best, and would need a full name to file a case.

Any chance someone knows how to reverse search a cellphone number?
I believe the max limit is now 10k in texas....
get with the others that were along for the ride, imagine someone has
to know who he was/is. Worse case, call the pd department that responded to the accident/incident and explain the situation... give time/date and they may be able to get the officer to contact you.
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Go file a report. You can do it at the courthouse, takes 10 mins. If you file it then your version is the only version on record for the insurance company to request. Tada.
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my lawyer friend can handle this for you . pm me if you want his info he's cheap if you r a friend of mine =)
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wouldnt.hurt ot atleast talk to my friend
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There is a record on file from the police department that responded. If an officer stops and responds to an "event" there is a record. Contact them, get whatever information they may have, and move forward from there. That plus the testimony of the witnesses who saw the wreck should at least get you enough information to file a suit if it becomes necessary.
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^^^ yep. Even though you didn't get a paper, they have to document all calls. There is some sort of record. Hopefully, thy got his name. I would call your insurance company and get them on it.
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I believe that there is a way to file a police report even after you've left the scene.

I found out the hard way on a hit n run. I chased the person down to get a plate number & the police wouldn't file a regular report since both vehicles had left the scene. They then directed me to some other form that gets it done. Shouldn't be a problem with a witness.

Civil suit won't get you anywhere. If you win you get a judgment that he can dodge just like your phone calls. The state doesn't get involved in making sure you get paid on a judgement.
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Since he only has liability, his insurance company won't help him with this. If he had collision coverage for non-insured and was filing against his own policy, then he would get somewhere with them.

You need to move fast on this, Rod got screwed when he moved too slow and all leads dried up. Long story, ugh.
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Court is probably your best option.

Good luck.

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Civil suit won't get you anywhere. If you win you get a judgment that he can dodge just like your phone calls. The state doesn't get involved in making sure you get paid on a judgement.
Yeah, but if you have a judgement against him, at least you can file a lien against him and keep him getting any loans. him in the long run.
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Had this happen about a year ago. All you need is the license plate number or the person's name.

Good news

You can go into any of the police field stations and give them your sob story. Tell them you want the rider's insurance information so you can file the claim. They will give it to you. Then call the person's insurance company and file the claim. They will take it from there. No need for a lawyer. No need to file a police report. I got my money in two weeks this way.

Bad news

If they are ducking you they probably don't have insurance.

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