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Is the Person Backing Up Always at Fault?

Andy Mohr Collision Center Blog

Posted: August 5, 2020

Following a collision, you probably have a lot of questions. If you backed into someone of if they backed into you, you most likely want to know who is at fault. It’s the obligation of your insurance company to determine who is responsible for the collision, but our team at Andy Mohr Collision Centers is here to provide you with some quick facts to ease your mind.

Drivers from Plainfield, Indianapolis, Fishers, and Bloomington, IN, can read on to learn more about vehicle rear-end collisions and parking lot accidents. If you have any further questions or want to get collision repair, give us a call or schedule an appointment online.

Types of Parking Lot Accidents

Most rear-end collisions occur in parking lots. With many vehicles backing in and out of spaces, there are many unfavorable situations that may arise. The following are some of the most common parking lot accidents as well as who is typically at fault in those situations:

Driver Backs Out of Space

The most common type of parking lot accident is when one driver is backing out of a parking space and collides into another driver’s vehicle. In this situation, the driver backing out is usually deemed at fault because it was their responsibility to make sure no other cars were approaching.

Driver Pulls Forward

There are times when you have the opportunity to pull forward through a parking space into another row of parking spots. In this situation, if you rear-end another vehicle backing into the spot in front of you, then you may be deemed at fault. In a parking lot, drivers in the traffic lane have the right of way, so it’s your responsibility to yield to them.

Car Rear-Ends Another at a Stop Sign

If, as you’re leaving the parking lot, another vehicle rear-ends you, then the moving vehicle is at fault. Even if you were to stop abruptly, it’s still the responsibility of the moving vehicle to maintain a safe distance between their vehicle and yours.

Drivers Back into Each Other

In certain situations, you may find that both you and the driver of another vehicle have backed into each other. In this situation, neither one had the right of way and therefore both drivers are responsible for the collision. In the eyes of the insurance company, you’ll both be at fault for the incident and liable for any damage that occurs.

Get Collision Repair Today!

From minor bumps and scrapes to complete fender replacements, our team at Andy Mohr Collision Centers can provide your vehicle with the repairs it needs following a parking lot or rear-end accident. We invite our friends from Plainfield, Indianapolis, Fishers, and Bloomington, Indiana, to stop by and learn more about how we can assist you.

We’ll provide a free estimate of the repairs needed on your vehicle. We’ll work side by side with you to ensure you understand which repairs are needed and why. Then, we’ll work diligently and efficiently to help you get back to the streets quickly and safely.

Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. See you soon!

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