What to do about the financial obligations for a minor fender bender where ‘fault’ is unclear?

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What to do about the financial obligations for a minor fender bender where ‘fault’ is unclear?

I was parked in a legal spot north-south in my apartment complex parking lot. I entered my vehicle to pull out but when I did the area behind my SUV was clear. After I strapped in, another car traveling east-west in the lot came to a stop (i.e.

Asked on January 6, 2017 under Accident Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You are incorrect: there is fault--your fault. You did not look a second time, but it is negligent, or unreasonably careless, to ever drive or move your car when not looking in the direction you are traveling. In the eyes of the law, you drove carelessly, and therefore are liable, or responsible to pay, for all the damage you did.

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