Who is at Fault in a Car Accident While Backing Up in Virginia?

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Who is at Fault in a Car Accident While Backing Up in Virginia?

Car Accident Info

Backing up accidents usually occur at low speeds; however, they still can cause property damage and injury. Fault depends on the nature of the incident. It is usually determined by which driver had the right-of-way. If only one car is moving at the time of the collision, the moving vehicle is almost always at-fault. If both cars are moving, the driver who did not have the right-of-way is at fault, although responsibility for the accident is often shared. The at-fault driver is the one whose insurance company must pay for the claim.

Just because a collision occurred at low-speed does not mean there are no injuries. In fact, whiplash is one of the most common in these types of accidents. The car accident lawyers at Rutter Mills will negotiate with the insurance companies so that you receive the compensation you deserve for your claim.

Virginia Look Out Law

The Commonwealth’s “look out” law mandates that drivers must be vigilant. They must use “ordinary care” to look out for other vehicles and pedestrians and react as a reasonable person.  Failing to maintain proper “look out” results in the driver unable to collect damages.

What to Do After a Back-Up Collision

Most back up collisions take place in parking lots, which are generally private property. Some may happen when a car backs out of a driveway into a public street. While you should call the police after this, law enforcement does not usually write tickets for minor accidents on private property. Such incidents are not reported, and there are no detailed police files. That is why gathering evidence yourself at the scene is critical.

Photograph the accident site, the vehicles, and the damage. Get the contact information, as well as driver’s license and insurance information for the other driver. Even though you may feel fine, seek prompt medical attention. Some injuries, such as whiplash, do not appear for a day or so. If anyone was injured in the crash, call 911.

While you must notify your insurance company of the accident, do not give them a recorded statement until you speak with an attorney. It is easy to make a potentially harmful statement regarding your claim without realizing it. A car accident lawyer will help you draft it.

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If you were involved in a back-up collision, you need the services of an experienced car accident attorney at Rutter Mills. Fill out our online contact form or call or text us 24/7 to schedule a free consultation.

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