Was involved in a car accident today, something minor: Was driving about 20 to 25mph, when the other party driving in other direction abruptly made a left turn and I hit him on his side bending one of his front wheels. I braked hard but it was slippery out and my tires lost traction with road and just slipped right into the other party. So, he’s got a bent wheel and there doesn’t APPEAR to be any damage to my car. No air bags were deployed. I’m driving a 2007 Toyota Corolla and he’s driving a 2012 Toyota Camry SE.
So, I called 911 figuring that was the proper procedure. I gave the operator my name and phone number and the make and model of my car. The other party approached me and admitted fault and offered 200 dollars in cash which I accepted. I backed up and drove away. I don’t know what he did with his car since one of his front wheel has been pushed in.
Later, I discover that there was more damage to the car than meets the eye. The headlamp assembly was pushed in and the securing brackets were broken. The front bumper was mis-aligned and I tried to re-adjust it as much as I could. I’ll have to replace the headlamp assembly, for sure.
I don’t mind that I’ll have to do a little bit of work to get it back in order and the 200 he gave me will be just enough to cover only the parts.
However, I am worried that I called 911 and there was probably a police office who arrived at the scene after I had left. Did the police officer talk to the other guy after I had left? I also gave the 911 operator my information.
SO, the question is: did I handle this poorly? Nevermind that the cash I received won’t entirely cover the damage, but did I have legal obligations? Did I leave the scene of an accident?
This happened in NYC.