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Minor accident, who's at fault?

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by vongy10, Aug 30, 2015.

  1. vongy10

    vongy10 Active Member

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    Got into a minor accident the other day and want to know who you guys think is at fault.

    So story is that I was going to pickup pizza, went to pull up, reversed and bumped into the car behind me. I indicated that I was going to park and put it into park before coming to a complete stop. Reversed and bumped the corner of his bumper with the rear corner of mine.

    The damage:
    My car - few scratches and a little crack, broken tail light.
    His car - big dent in the front corner.

    I think it was his fault for not pulling up in time and not leaving me enough room to park. If he had stopped about 20cm further back then I wouldn't have hit him.

     
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  2. commodore665

    commodore665 expat Saffa

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    To me it looks you stopped , didn't check your mirrors , put car in reverse and hit the car behind it looked like he was clear of your car , you didn't see him . I think you're at fault , sorry .
     
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    the law says the person reversing must give way to everyone else.
     
  4. vongy10

    vongy10 Active Member

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    Put it into reverse just before you see the falcon in frame and he was still pulling up a bit after I started reversing.
     
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    Judging by the footage I would say you are at fault.
    It sure did take him a long time to slow down, but he still came to a complete stop before your vehicle, so the you were the one that ran into him.

    Hopefully it gets sorted easily in the end though.
     
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    Exactly , sorry to say , it seems strange that people reverse into parking spots as well , and he had stopped before you reversed and it looks more like a Nissan than a Falcon as well , also the way the vehicle was shunted back , and this is with my Coppers glasses on , you clearly didn't see what was behind , when you started reversing , sorry dude I think you are at fault , now it's up to the insurer . :supersad:
     
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  7. uniacidz

    uniacidz Harden the Frak Up

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    Happened to me when I was on my P-Plates

    You are reversing, so your fault

    Due care, didn't give way
     
  8. SM1D3Y

    SM1D3Y aka Drew

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    Unfortunately you are at fault in this situation, but it illustrates a all to common lack of courtesy between drivers on our streets.
     
  9. STEALTHY™

    STEALTHY™ So Wet For You!

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    According to the law, cam car is in the wrong.

    According to courtesy, hes a dick (assuming you indicated early enough that you were parking. Now i couldn't see any reflection, but if your indicator was only put on any time after the crossing, thats too late in that situation)
     
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    sleepa Shiny...

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    Yeah, I have to say the same as everyone else. According to law it is the vehicle reversing that has to give way. Despite the fact that a lot of drivers are oblivious to the fact that people are reversing, or don't care, it is still the responsibility of the reversing vehicle.

    They obviously for some reason had no idea that you were reversing, most likely lack of attention.
    But what I do in that situation (before I park or pulling out in reverse) is put it the car into reverse, and creep backwards and they will get the idea and reverse themselves if they have enough room. Most people don't want to dent their cars so it works most of the time, some people are just dicks though and you can't do much about that.
     
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    So which one isn't courteous? The driver that rear ended him? Has he got to wait for the op to actually get out of the car, before he continues on his journey?
     
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    Its courtesy to hang back enough for the car to make its first attempt. If you cant reverse in the first go, its fair game to go around :)
     
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    Spot on answer in my opinion. The Op was at fault for not taking due care reversing, but patience from the other driver may have avoided the incident. . We have horns in our cars for a reason. Just my 2c
     
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    its also courtesy to check no one is behind you before reversing
     
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    Seems very clear. It is illegal to reverse up the road into a stopped car. The good thing about dashcams is they can act as evidence against the car they are mounted in as well as other cars.
     
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    Darcon666 Evil is always around you

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    Sorry dude... as others have said, You are @ fault.
     
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    Beyond me how you can deem him at fault. You stopped and started reversing then hit him. He is 100% in the right.

    Hope you have insurance to cover his damages.
     
  18. Reaper

    Reaper Tells it like it is.

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    You. Pay your excess and move on.
     
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    Grennan Slayer of Stupid Threads

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    Noone ever thinks youre going to reverse park. Youre at fault because you reversed into him without really even making sure there was enough space.
     
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    Okay, looks like I'm in the wrong. It's my first accident so take it easy on me. $600 excess and $200 for a new tail light. I usually leave at least 2m of room for a parking car in front, so yeah I thought it was his fault for not giving me enough room.
     
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