Traffic Accident: Who’s at Fault?

Q. Someone speeding down the turning lane, to avoid stopped traffic hit me and took off the whole front end of my car as I was pulling out into a space a driver had left me. We were stopped to look with just our nose out, and he hit us. The officer said it was my fault, but he was speeding and not paying attention, and don’t you have to be within a certain footage of your turn to be driving in that lane anyway? And isn’t there something along the lines of driving for the conditions of the road? There was heavy traffic and he was speeding past all the stopped vehicles very far from his turn. A. Drivers are not supposed to travel in the “median” (or the “parking strip”) but anyone who has been driving for more than a week knows that they do. So when you failed to look before pulling into the path of the other driver, you were negligent and, according to the investigating officer, guilty of a traffic offense. The other driver should have been cited also. But since you were both negligent, it will be difficult for you to get the other driver’s insurance to fix your car.


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