DMV hearing on fake accident – what to do?
What’s the hearing supposed to be about and who is holding it? If the appearance is before a Driver Safety Hearing Officer, it’s likely to be an administrative hearing, which occurs when you are notified of an action to be taken against your driving privileges, and gives you a chance to argue for the DMV to change or rescind the action. But there are other types of hearing, and each will be different – you need to figure out what the purpose of the hearing is and what’s specifically at issue. As for damages, the DMV says, in a number of places on its website, that it does not deal with liability issues. Here it is in this pdf document: “Only courts can make a decision concerning liability.” You should read that document closely, actually, as it deals with the Compulsory Financial Responsibility law. $750 seems to be the magic number that requires you to prove to
A quick note about the $750 amount: if we assume for the moment that he did bump a car while parallel parking, and that there was damage resulting from that bump, it’s very easy for the damage amount to exceed $750 under the following conditions: – His bumper is higher than the other car’s bumper (such as if he has a pickup truck, or the other car was a low-slung sports car), so that his bumper contacted the bodywork/lights/grille/hood of the other car, and/or caused significant paint damage (even to the bumper); – The car that he bumped was significantly less protected from the factory than his car (such as if he had a 70’s car with a heavy chrome bumper, and the other car was a 60’s car with little/no front bumper from the factory); – The car that he bumped was in significantly more fragile condition than his car (such as if he had a 70’s car with a heavy chrome bumper, and the other car was a VW (old) Beetle with the front bumper removed); – The car had pre-existing damage to the fr
Maybe the car that was parked before him hit the car and when the owner came out they assumed it was your husband. Sucky situation. Take pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. Assuming the damage to the car was bad enough and there’s no damage to your husband’s car it might be enough to put this to rest. Also, the $750 might just be the guy’s deductible. Good luck. As someone who did the right thing and notified my insurance when I sorta caused a wreck (the guy overreacted when I was merging into his lane and hit the sidewalk popping 2 tires), but didn’t actually hit the van, I recommend not involving your insurance. I learned that the guy in my situation had been in several of these same type of accidents. He was a bad driver. His van was a mess. After I stupidly gave him my insurance information the next day he went and got his entire van fixed and then tried to say I caused all the damage. It was ridiculous. There was no way I could have caused all the damage and my insurance carrier
I once got a letter saying I was involved in an accident with a car I had very recently sold, and in a city I had never been to with that car (although it would have been totally plausible). I ignored it, and found out months and months later that a Repoman was after a previous room-mate’s car and one of the tricks they have to find out where he was living was to find out where _I_ was living (and his girlfriend, etc. etc.). So it could just be a fake accident report used as a fishing expedition, as unlikely as it may sound/be. ymmv.