Despite your best efforts while driving the streets of Washington, you accidentally hit a parked car. You get out and see that the damage is not too bad–to you, at least.

Insurance.com offers guidance on what to do next. Learn how to follow the law to better avoid a misdemeanor charge.

Do not leave the scene

No matter if the accident happened at noon or midnight, there is a chance someone saw you either physically hit the vehicle or get out and see if there is any damage to the vehicle you struck. If you do not leave a note, the witness may do so for you, with your physical description and license plate number. At the very least, there could be a camera that recorded everything that happened.

Snap a few photos

Much like you would in any accident, take physical images of the damage done to your vehicle and the other vehicle. Snap a photo of the car’s license plate, too.

Leave your details

Find a piece of paper and something to write with. Write down your name, phone number, address, whether you have insurance and a brief explanation of what happened. Refrain from admitting fault in your note, as the other driver’s insurance company can use that against you later.

Get in touch with your insurance agent

If there is damage to the other vehicle, there is likely to be damage to your vehicle, as well. Not only can you go ahead and get the damage repaired by getting the claims process started, but your insurance agent can also prepare for a potential call from the owner of the other vehicle.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.