Hit and Run

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    Hit and Run

    A witness called police after hearing the accident, and then observed the driver of a U-haul truck open the door after impact and inspect the damage, only to climb back in the U-haul and drive away. The officer runs the Corolla plates, walks across the street and knocks on our door to inform us of the incident and provide a police report.

    The witness could not provide a plate or truck number. Immediately I visited the U-haul dealer nearby to inform them and provide my information. Our hopes are already diminished after observing the uncountable amount of scrapes and scratches on these fleet of trucks, however the manager assures us we will be contacted if they spot any suspicious damage.

    As we return from dinner, we decide to drive by the ally where the U-haul was witnessed earlier in the day. Sure enough at the far end, in the darkest corner the orange and white truck sat parked. Immediately I blocked it in from the front (knowing they can't back this thing up...joking..) and dialed 911 while my girlfriend retrieved the police report from the apartment.

    However, while the officer was confident this was the offending U-haul we could not prove it after a short questioning and they denied everything. They even said they were parked on the street for several hours after 3pm which is A LIE as I walked the block every half-hour looking for a U-haul in hopes they'd return.

    Our witness was not available by phone (was 10pm) and we have no plate numbers. All we have was it was a U-haul, behind the same building, in the same ally, on the same day and the same time rental agreement for 24 hours with U-haul. The property managers haven't returned my calls to confirm the identity of anyone moving in or out.

    What can we do besides admit defeat? We live in a suburb just outside of Chicago and the officers have a lot to deal with besides hit and run accidents. It's so disheartening to take such a financial hit this early in the New Year AND to work all day to locate someone only to find out we don't have enough proof.

    All I can think of is that the witness would agree to go to the residence of the offender with an officer and identify the driver. Is this realistic? Should we just pay the deducible?

    Thank you for your time -
    RDS


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    You could try contacting the witness to see if she can identify the driver. You can also file a lawsuit against Uhual.

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    U Haul and every other vehicle rental company keeps extremely accurate records on damage to their vehicles. If not, they would be out of business. You were fed a line of bull.

    For insurance (and tax) reasons, every rental vehicle is (or should be) inspected from tip to toe prior to renting and immediately post renting. If a vehicle is late in returning, the company makes every effort to know why and will require the rentee to fill out specific forms.

    If you choose to pursue action, have your attorney demand all forms as part of the discovery process. It will not be difficult to tie down your case. Good Luck!

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    I disagree. I once rented a Uhaul. When I moved it in the parking lot, I detected an issue with the gear box. The service center manager assured me it had been fully inspected and would not be a problem. Within 200 miles, it was on a wrecker. If you could not distinguish damage on the truck, consistent with damage on your car, you are likely out of luck.

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    If you detected an issue with the gear box (specific component of the vehicle), you likely have mechanical knowlege and experience. Shame on you for not demanding another truck prior to leaving the lot lol. You constructively made an admission that the truck was NOT operating properly yet you agreed to drive it! Good post!

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    It was the only one they had. I was simply trying to avoid any future claim should it fail while I had it. The alternative was to miss a pickup deadline in another city. If you abandoned every project you undertake at the start, because everything is not perfect, you never accomplish things in this world.

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    In hit and run case if some one is there to proove it then its really a handy tool.