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Who is at Fault in a Car Accident When Backing Up?
If you’ve been in a car accident when backing up, you may be wondering who is at fault. For instance, when two vehicles pull out of a parking stall at the same time, who is at fault for the car crash? Neither driver has the right of way. Both drivers were equally responsible to check to see if it was clear to back up. In this instance, an officer is most likely to determine that both drivers were at fault.
Reversing a vehicle, especially one with obstructed or limited visibility out the back, can be very dangerous. Reversing vehicles can not only strike pedestrians, but they can also hit other objects or oncoming traffic. Small children are especially likely to be struck by a reversing vehicle. The resulting damage can mean thousands in property costs, as well as extensive and possibly permanent injuries. When reversing a vehicle, be sure not to proceed until it is safe to do so, and in a way that will not interfere with other traffic. Always check your mirrors, watch where you are going, and when equipped, use a rear-view camera. While backup cameras can be a great tool to help ensure you are reversing safely, they should not be used as your only means of watching where you back up. Always look behind your car before getting in your vehicle, as objects, animals, and even children can be under your vehicle. Since the angles on back-up cameras can be limited, be sure to always use your mirrors in addition to the camera.
RCW 46.61.605: Limitations on backing.
- The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic.
- The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same upon any shoulder or roadway of any limited access highway.
Spokane Car Accident Lawyer
If you are injured in a car accident when backing up, you need an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer in Spokane on your side. The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact the law office of personal injury attorney Mat Parke today for a free consultation. This is your opportunity to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case for free. Call (509) 482-7274 to get started on receiving a fair settlement from your personal injury case.
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