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Police report and then insurance. When I got rear ended in a prior truck the po-po showed up and did a report. Of course I'm the one that got hit, but the other driver was a not bad looking 16 yr old female who shed a tear or two. He ignored the fact that she had NONE of her info and told her to turn it into him in 20 days. Neither her nor her parents did, when I called the cop and asked why nothing was happening he kind of blew me off and said he was handling it, don't worry about it. While I'm sitting at home with bent shocks, bent frame, twisted bumper.
I ended up simply giving the tag number to my ins co. They handled my claim and tracked her down using the tag to get reimbursed. And if the deductible is a worry, a good bodyshop can always square you away.
Otherwise what you want can be done but requires using databases the general public normally doesn't have access to. If there's some way you could swing access to certain restricted but non-government databases, SOME states, but not all of them, will have vehicle registration in there.
Last edited by eharri3; 07-07-2010 at 04:32 PM.