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Insurance Question from Oak Park, IL

Asked on 02/24/2014

who is at fault in an accident between a car exiting an alley and a car coming down a street NULL

Answer given on February 25, 2014

The determination of fault in an auto accident is based on several facts. If a car is exiting from an alley, and entering onto a street, the car in the alley is generally considered a vehicle coming to a “t intersection”. In that case, the car entering from the alley is expected to yield to the car on the street.Other factors can be a part of the determination. If the car on the street is speeding, that can be considered as partial fault. However, they still have the right of way and the alley car is expected to enter only if safe to do so. If a police report is taken, the officer might attempt to determine fault. However, if they did not see the accident, this would only be an opinion, and not a fact. You should let your insurance company investigate the accident and they will contact the other insurance company. A determination of fault will be made. If the insurance companies cannot come to an agreement, then arbitration may be used. Your insurance company will take your statement and compare it with the other party’s statement.


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