If someone hits my car while it is parked on the street, can I sue them?

Can I sue someone for hitting my car if they won't share their insurance with me? I was visiting my mom the other day and someone hit my Kia while it was parked in front of her house. The driver was the grumpy man who lives three doors over and he won't give me his insurance information.

Answer
“Yes, you can sue the neighbor for the cost of repairs to your car, but I recommend using that option as a last resort.
Your first action should be to contact your local police department and report the accident. Once they meet with you, they will visit the neighbor and he may be more likely to provide them with the information.
Then you will want to contact your insurance carrier.
Since you have the neighbor’s name and address, they may be able to contact his insurance company directly.
You can also claim the loss under the collision coverage on your policy.
Your insurance carrier would then sue the driver on your behalf through subrogation. The goal would be to collect the cost of the repairs and to refund the collision deductible back to you.
If you have a liability-only policy and are not able to get the name of his insurance carrier, then you will want to consider bringing him to small claims court.”
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Shannon Martin
Answered on Jul 06, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
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