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    Legal advice

    Today we hit 500,000 subscribers. Just a few years ago, the current team took over a tiny subreddit that had far more questions than it could handle. With love, care, frustration, and endless passion we’ve turned it into what is, as far as we can tell, the largest English language source of free legal information in the world. Quite possibly the largest in the world irrelevant of language. In a word… Wow!
    We play a small but important role in the legal world in that we help fill something called the «Justice Gap.» We often can’t help with the big stuff, but we excel at helping with the small things that leave many Americans in the dark. Even though these aren’t the titanic legal issues that get covered in the news, for the people asking here they are matters of supreme importance. Questions about whether or not a landlord can evict someone, how to get money back from a small loan, car accidents, petty theft, child support, sexual harassment, property rights, rights in the workplace, and yes, tree law, are all things that funded legal aid programs either can’t or aren’t allowed to assist with. We help bridge that gap.
    We get an average of just under 400 questions per day. That’s nearly 3,000 people a week or over 10,000 people a month who find us, ask their question, and hopefully, receive information they can use to arm themselves. This doesn’t include the countless people who read our archives and learn something that may be useful in the short or long term.
    I am tremendously proud of our team of moderators, starred users, regular contributors, and the folks who pop in once in a while to answer a question in a field in which they have expertise. We’ve created something bigger than our wildest expectations here, and it’s something we all can be very, very proud of.
    This is happening right now. I work at a dog daycare and was driving a group of pups back from the dog park, going the speed limit, when a car bumped into me. Turns out it was an unmarked police vehicle. Since I’m at work, I asked if I could just photograph his insurance information and file a claim later. He said that since he’s police I would need to stay and wait to file an accident report.
    He kept emphasizing that this would be a long process, that the damage wasn’t that severe, and that I should let it go. He also tried to accuse me of speeding, which I wasn’t—this happened maybe 50 yards past a crosswalk at which I had stopped, so I don’t even think it’s possible for me to have been speeding unless I had floored it. It made me uncomfortable that he was so adamant about me not filing a report, like maybe this isn’t his first accident, so I went ahead with filing it.
    What should I expect to happen next? Is it true that he wasn’t able to just give me his insurance so I could have moved on with my day? Can he make this out to be my fault somehow? Am I owed any compensation from him personally or from the police department for the rest of my shift I’m likely going to miss?