Hey everyone and thanks for answering in advance.
I'm 19 and I started driving around one month ago (you need to be 18 to get your license in Portugal), and my first car that I've been driving until now is a commercial Toyota Corolla that my father uses as his main car. It's a fairly large car and certainly not one that is recommended to new drivers but anyways...
I was following a friend that was riding his quad on a fairly narrow street. Suddenly I'm facing 2 cars, one on each side of the street, and I'm having some severe trouble seeing if I fit in between them. I signal my friend to stop his quad and help me with this, meanwhile the owner of one of the cars comes and helps too. I signal to both I'd like to just give up and back away, but both my friend and this stranger keep signaling me to come forward.
Anyways, aparently I messed up the direction in some way, and ended up hearing a BANG while I was passing in between the cars, very close to the car at my left. I look over to the stranger (around 40 years old, and he owned the car at my right, which was safe and far away) and he simply has this worried look on his face, but keeps telling me to come forward. He doesn't say anything; he just signals me to come forward, then he goes away.
We parked the car a bit ahead on that road and noticed that the driver's door had this huge black line going from one side to the other. At this point I honestly didn't know if that was already there or if I had just done that. We decide to turn back and go home. By the time we pass by the cars again, both cars are now parked in a row, with both drivers inside and we pass without any problems, and again not one of the other drives does anything to stop us.
So I got home and had my father take a look at the car with me, and as it turns out I crashed into the other one.
I'm kinda worried those guys will go to the cops. Listening to the story, who
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In America this would always be your fault. You were driving the vehicle and you crashed into someone else.
In reality, your friend/neighbor fucked up by telling you to move forward. You should have followed your instinct and just backed up to be on the safe side. Let this be a lesson to you.
The "right" thing to do would be to leave on a note on the other car with your contact information. In the United States we have insurance companies that handle that.
The reality is that most people in your situation would simply keep their mouths shut and not report this. If there were no cameras around and no witnesses then you can get away with this, without paying anything. This happens quite often, and usually with much greater damage than a scratch across the side of the car. But there are risks if you decide to get away with it: Were their cameras around? Did anybody see you? Do you live in a small town and would it be possible for someone to recognize you?
- You don't want to be caught for that. In all honesty this sounds like a very minor, superficial problem. What would have to be done is probably a new paint job but other than that the integrity of the car is still intact.1