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Accidentally clipped something on garbage truck watch

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    I'm still a fairly new driver, been just a little over a year since I got my car and started driving on my own now (exactly 1 year and 5 days to be exact).

    I've never hit or clipped anything so far, aside from bumping the curb a few times while parking. However, today, I did accidentally clip something on a garbage truck while driving home from college. Not exactly sure what it was (maybe a clearance stick? It was red and pole/stick shaped), didn't get a good look.

    I probably wasn't paying as much attention as I should have, it was parked there while the workers were collecting bin bags, and I was waiting for a chance to overtake. Just an opportunity appears and I start to pull out, a car comes speeding around the bend, so I have to stop and wait. I think I was paying too much attention to making sure no one was coming the other way as I overtook, and not really paying much attention to how close I was to the truck.

    I hear a sound like I've hit something just as I pull out and overtook, I glance in my left wing mirror and see some horizontal red rubber thing on the truck snapping back into place. I can't really stop because I have cars behind me also coming out to overtake. So I just carry on back home, which wasn't very far from where the incident took place.

    I checked my car after I parked, and there was no sign of damage, the left wing mirror hadn't snapped out of place or anything either. But I'm a bit worried and feel a bit guilty about it. I don't know if I did any damage to the truck since I didn't stop to look. No idea if the driver was aware if I clipped them or not either. Is there anything to worry about?

    TL;DR Version: Accidentally clipped some red horizontal rubber thing on a garbage truck with my left wing mirror when overtaking it. Kept driving, no damage spotted on car at all, but should I be worried?

    We'd usually recommend to just call 101 and report the time, date, location and scenario to them in case it's chased up later. Chances are you're okay, I'd almost put money on it. If you hit anything of consequence on a garbage truck even if it's parked - it'd do far more damage to you than you'd probably do to it.
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    As above, call up 101 and cover yourself legally. However, I doubt they'll even do anything about it.

    Just take more care in future.
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