My car hit in my driveway by someone else

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Insurance Question from Hazel Green, AL

Asked on 06/20/2017

My car hit in my driveway by someone else While backing out of my driveway my car was hit on driverside door by another motorist in their car what is my responsibility in the matter

Answer given on June 25, 2017

If you were backing your car out of your driveway and were struck by another car on the street, the accident would be considered your fault.  When you are backing, it is your responsibility to be sure the roadway is clear before you complete backing out.  Even if you feel the other driver was not paying attention, they have the right of way since they are on the roadway and you are entering it.

You should report this to your insurance company to arrange payment for the damage to the other car. If you have collision coverage on your car, your insurance company will pay for those damages, less your deductible.  Depending upon the total amount of damage, your insurance rates could increase since this would be considered an at fault accident.  It is not recommended to try to settle this yourself, since there was another person involved and they have a year or more to file a bodily injury claim. If you try to settle, your insurance company can deny coverage in case of later claimed bodily injury.


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