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Who is at fault if a person parks his car in the parking lot and opens the door to get out but the door is hit by another vehicle pulling into the parking space beside him?

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2007-01-26 23:32:47
2007-01-26 23:32:47

I would say the person opening the door because that person should always take caution when opening a car door to make sure nothing is in the way (post, car, etc.) This just happened to me last night. I was a front seat passenger in my vehicle, my girlfriend was driving. We had an additional passenger in the back seat on the driver's side. I was the last one to exit the vehicle, and my door was already opened when another vehicle hit the door while trying to park. She broke the mirror on her car, and my vehicle sustained MINOR damage. She tried to get me to pay for the mirror, but the police, my insurance, and my attorney have all advised me that in Illinois, the vehicle in motion is responsible.

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