It s kind of complicated so bear with me: My mom was driving me and my brother to school this morning. We were getting ready to make a left turn(she put the signal on) when a pickup truck tried to pass us(he didn t realize we were making a turn) right as she wen t in to make the turn, since she saw that the coast
It s kind of complicated so bear with me: My mom was driving me and my brother to school this morning. We were getting ready to make a left turn(she put the signal on) when a pickup truck tried to pass us(he didn t realize we were making a turn) right as she wen t in to make the turn, since she saw that the coast was clear in front of her, he quickly drove to the wrong side of the road and hit us.
He then proceeded to drive away. We followed because that was our first instinct. We thought he was trying to hit and run. We followed him until he pulled into a church. But this was obviously wrong because if he stayed where we crashed it was obvious he was on the wrong side of the road. His car was a pickup and there was a tail thing attached so there was no damage on his car. On our bmw, the door wasn t able to close, there was a lot of bumper damage, our car wasn t able to turn on afterwards.
The police were really unhelpful but they basically told us, "He has his own story". I m just wondering, is there any way he could possibly make this look like it was our fault, when he was on the wrong side(left side) of the road? Since he hit us on the left side of our car.
Barry: If the facts are as you say, it was clearly the other driver's fault. However, there are always two stories after every accident and guess what kind of story the at-fault driver usually tells? Yea, one that makes it seem like it wasn't his fault. Big surprise. Let your insurance company sort it out. That is what we pay them for.
If the guy was approaching from behind, cut to the wrong side of the road to pass and hit your car while it was signaling and executing a left turn. The other driver is at fault. You are prohibited by law to speed up to pass a car signaling to change lanes- he's wrong there. It's reckless to pass on the wrong side of the road. The way you describe this, without telling which way the other guy was moving, it's hard to tell what really happened. If he was coming head on across the intersection, your mom was wrong for making a left turn across traffic, signal or not.
I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt because you might not yet be old enough to drive, but your mother should know that driving on the opposite side to pass someone is allowed on many roads. If this happened somewhere that he was allowed to drive on the opposite side, then yeah, this accident could be your mom's fault.
Don't panic there were three of you and it is not the job of the police man to judge one's story. It also doesn't matter if your turn signal was on or not. File a claim with your insurance company they have all the lawyers need to handle this. You may want to get a copy of the police report to see what the officer has put in it.
Since you can't start a left turn unless the way is clear, and being hit is proof the way was not clear, this was mom's fault. You have to be aware of all traffic, which includes those who may try to pass you.
Just file an honest and sincere report with the police and your insurance. He was trying to pass. He may claim there was no signal. If you are honest with the report and not vindictive I think it will work out. Do not give any statement directly to his insurance company unless your company tells you to. His insurance company has access to the police report.
in alot of cases like that you will find the other driver and the cop know each other maybe even related. it is clearly his fault but if they are rich or friend of the legal system they will try to make it your fault
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