did not know how to handle accident

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Registered: 05-18-2003
did not know how to handle accident
Fri, 06-13-2003 - 10:32pm
I feel so stupid. I was at a stop light and the car behind me was stopped too. Then all of a sudden I felt a bump-the car behind me had hit me, not too hard but there was enough of a jolt. We pulled over and looked at the car. It did not look damaged. We exchanged info but did not call the police. I did not know how to handle the situation. Maybe i should have called the police just to look at everything. I now see a light scratch on the car. I wish I was a quick thinker.What would you do in my situation (for next time)?
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Sat, 06-14-2003 - 11:12am

Sometimes for something quite minor, it is not worth it to call the police. I ended up in a ditch this past winter and needed to be towed out. I had called the police. Well, now, that is considered an accident on my record and my insurance went up. Did I really need the police...no.

There may be a light scratch on your car, but if you think of the big picture...the cost to fix the light scratch is far less than the consequences of it being considered an accident.

Just my thoughts...