Hit by a driver at a stop sign in Pennsylvania, help?

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Hit by a driver at a stop sign in Pennsylvania, help?

Hello. I stopped at the correct location of the stop sign for an intersection,
but the sign itself is set 10 feet back from the intersection. Local foliage
prevents visibility of drivers, so I inched forward to see and then I was
struck on the driver’s side. I had not entered the intersection, I was still
several feet off of the road, and I had not passed the stop sign yet.

We both called the police, and an officer came but they only looked around,
said they didn’t need to do anything, didn’t take any information, and then he
left without filing a report.

Is there anything I can do? The other driver filed with their insurance company
already and my insurance company is caving already. They are citing that a
driver needs to make sure an intersection is clear before entering it, but I
feel that there’s a grey area here because of how the stop sign is arranged,
since I hadn’t entered the intersection here.

Asked on October 5, 2018 under Accident Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you are not receiving compensation from your insurer, you have the right to sue the other driver if you think he or she was at fault. If you can convince the court, such as by your testimony or that of other witnesses, that you were driving carefully but the other driver was negligent (careless), you can win compensation.


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