so a friend of mine was backing up and while she was backing up a truck hit her from behind who is at fault??

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Insurance Question from Oceanside, CA

Asked on 05/01/2017

so a friend of mine was backing up and while she was backing up a truck hit her from behind who is at fault?? when she was backing up. a truck was proceeding forward and when she was backing up he was going a bit fast and after hitting us he honked and was yelling at us.

Answer given on May 03, 2017

In auto insurance, if you are backing up and are struck from behind by another vehicle it is usually considered the fault of the person backing up. The driver of the car in reverse is expected to back up safely and be aware of the surroundings.  Even though the other vehicle may have been going too fast, it is expected that the driver backing should be aware that they are causing the hazard.

 In auto insurance, if you are backing up and are struck from behind by another vehicle it is usually considered the fault of the person backing up. The driver of the car in reverse is expected to back up safely and be aware of the surroundings.  Even though the other vehicle may have been going too fast, it is expected that the driver backing should be aware that they are causing the hazard.

The friend should report the accident to their insurance company. If there is damage to her car, her deductible will apply.  There is no deductible for damages to the other car.  If the total amount exceeds a certain amount, usually $750, the rates for the driver could be increased. If there are any injuries the rates for your friend will increase even more and the good driver discount could be lost.


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