If I was at fault for a fender bender but the car that I hit was in a no parking zone, do I still bear any liability for the accident?

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If I was at fault for a fender bender but the car that I hit was in a no parking zone, do I still bear any liability for the accident?

Recently I was in a slight fender bender; I was reversing my vehicle and bumped another vehicle. However, this vehicle was parked in a fire zone, that clearly says “No Parking”. Does the owner of this vehicle have any merit if they tried to make a claim against me?

Asked on July 3, 2015 under Accident Law, Illinois

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you do still bear liability for this. The car that was illegally parked will get a parking ticket. However that is not a "moving violation" and cannot be considered a cause of the collision. The fact is thar drivers are responsible for avoiding all obstacles, even illegally parked cars. At this point, you should just let your insurer to handle things.


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