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In an Accident, Who’s at Fault When Both Cars are Reversing?

When finding parking in one-way streets, cramped parking lots and garages, unusual traffic patterns, and hundreds of pedestrians, you’ll eventually need to leave the space you found. Backing out of a parking space can be hazardous any time of the year if you are not aware of the cars around you!

Who is at Fault When both Cars are Reversing in a Parking Lot and Crash?

Who is at fault of an accident if both are reversing?

If you have an accident when you and another driver are backing out of your parking space, who is at fault?  In parking lot accidents, the problem often arises in determining which driver had the right-of-way after all, most parking lots don’t have stoplights or speed limits. Traffic flow, speed, and failure to yield can also play a role in determining fault.

In some cases, both drivers may be at fault for the accident. The most common types of parking lot accidents include:

  • A vehicle backing into a lane of traffic
  • A car pulling forward into traffic
  • Two cars in reverse backing into one another
  • Two vehicles collide while rushing to claim a parking place

There are several ways of determining who is at fault when an accident occurs as a result of cars reversing out of their respective parking spaces.

In the first case, if one of the vehicles was moving and the other was not, in nearly every instance, the moving vehicle is the one at fault. Like all rules, this one has exceptions, such as, if the stationary vehicle is illegally parked.

Another common circumstance to determine fault in a parking lot reversing accident is which driver had the right of way given traffic patterns clearly marked in the parking lot. Drivers failing to yield the right-of-way, driving recklessly, or too fast are often those at fault. Of course, as already mentioned, there are exceptions to every rule in determining which driver is at fault.

Common Injuries in an Accident in which Two Vehicles are Reversing

Common injuries after a car accident

Though vehicle accidents in which both cars are reversing frequently cause less serious injuries, injuries are still common. It is important to see your doctor following an accident even if you don’t feel as if you are injured.

Many common injuries manifest in the days following an accident. Common injuries in parking lot related accidents include:

These injuries can cause pain, weakness, and other discomforts following an accident. Your doctor will do a thorough examination, including any needed tests to diagnose your injuries and prepare a treatment plan to alleviate any pain and enhance your recovery.

How to Avoid an Accident When Reversing in a Parking Lot?

How to avoid car accidents when reversing

Just like on the road, there are several ways to avoid a collision in a parking lot. Some of these you’ve heard multiple times:

  • Pay attention: no loud music, no phone usage, keep your eyes on the road.
  • Know the right-of-way rules: always watch out for pedestrians, stop signs, crosswalks, use your turn signals.
  • Use your backup camera and mirrors: always double-check your surroundings by glancing at the backup camera, side mirrors, and rearview mirror. To be completely safe, you may want to also look over your shoulder before proceeding to make sure you cover your blind spots.

Some aren’t so obvious, like:

  • Time your visit for low-traffic times: during lunch or right after work hours are the times that tend to be the busiest, try to avoid them.
  • Back into your spot so you don’t have to reverse while exiting: this may take a bit more time and skill, but it will ensure that your view is not obstructed and you can leave the parking lot quicker.
  • Do not sandwich between two larger vehicles: it will be that much harder to get out and get into your vehicle on top of having your view blocked.
  • Do not fill up your trunk or your back seat to the point at which your rearview window is blocked.

Regardless of how careful you may have been, an accident can still happen and there are a couple of things you should and should not do.

  1. Do not apologize for what happened. This may be interpreted as an admittance of fault, which would make you responsible for the accident.
  2. Do not leave the scene before doing the following things because leaving the scene may in some cases mean jail time. Instead, do the following:
    • Wait for the other driver to return to his or her vehicle and let them know what happened.
    • If you can’t remain, leave a note with your information like your driver’s license number, your contact, and insurance information so the other driver can follow up.
    • Take photos of the damage to both cars and make sure they are of good quality.

If you have been involved in a parking lot accident, the professionals at County Line Chiropractic Medical and Rehab are ready to help relieve your aches and pains so that you can function at your optimal level.

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