I go down to the scene, Baruch Hashem she is ok, with a very minor scratch on her car. The other two cars are totaled.
I asked her if she has all her correct paperwork, and she starts looking and finds a valid insurance card and an expired registration. “I’m sure the current one is in here somewhere,” she says. The officer says “give me what you have and I will check the system if it’s valid.”
A few minutes later the officer says, “I am sorry but we ran your car and it hasn’t been registered since April, we will need to impound your car.”
I am thinking, this really sucks. She didn’t do anything wrong, and now her car is getting impounded. Then I start thinking, thank G-d this was a minor car accident (of which she was not at fault) and I was able to be there for her to give her a ride home. Imagine if she was an hour away and in middle of nowhere in the middle of the night, and a cop happened to run her plate or scanned with one of those automatic license plate readers and pulled her over for this issue. It would have been a lot worse, and she would have been panicking on how is she going to get home from in middle of nowhere.
It is very important to check all of your paperwork, and make sure you are up to date, even if it’s a new car. If you transferred the plates, the registration will expire on the date the previous vehicle was supposed to expire (which is what happened in her case, and she also moved while this was going on, so the mail could have been lost in the process).
It is a very simple and easy mistake to make, yet if you are involved in a serious car accident that was not your fault, you will suffer for having a vehicle that is not registered or insured.
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