First of all, this occured on private property, in a plaza (which, according to the police, means they can’t decide who’s at fault b/c it’s not on a public roadway). I had just made a right turn onto a two-way road and as I was going down this road, I suddenly saw this woman who was trying to make a left turn onto my lane (she was coming from a road which bisected my road at 90 degrees on the left). She had moved just far enough that her car had completely blocked the opposite traffic to the road i was traveling on, and by the time she saw my car coming (I was only a few feet away!), she stops but does so in a fashion that her bumper was basically in my lane! I screech to a stop but not before my left bumper (driver’s side) hits her right bumper. The damage is quite minor, some paint exchange and a 4-inch dent on her bumper. Is it a no-brainer that this lady was clearly at fault here since she essentially failed to yield properly?
I am aware that some insurance companies come to a no-fault resolution and ask each driver to fix their own car but is this really the likely end-game for this scenario? I mean, the woman was CLEARLY at fault. You don’t turn onto a two-way road, fail to give the other driver enough time or distance to stop, and then blame them for causing the accident or say it wasn’t anyone’s fault.
Paul: The woman did not give me enough time to even stop for her! My front left bumper hit her front right bumper…think about it! If she started her turn when I was at a stopping distance I wouldn’t be hitting her front right bumper with my front left bumper! She was just coming onto my lane when I hit her. If she started that turn when I was within stopping distance I would’ve stopped in time not to hit her. I did not see her until she pulled infront of me, after which i slammed on the breaks, I skid for like a second, and I still couldn’t stop in time! common man! No fault? What BS! Besides, I have the right of the freaking road!