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Who is at fault if you are in a parking spot and another car pulling in hits your door when you open it to get out?

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2011-09-13 16:44:10
2011-09-13 16:44:10

Yours. There is no way for the other car to anticipate you exciting your vehicle, but you could have checked if a car was pulling in before opening your door.

Answercorrect. the party needs to yield Right of Way. They entered into your lane of travel,
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The fault is at the person who opened the door. The person pulling in. They should of know you were coming out the car and waited then park.

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The driver.Another View: It depends on the circumstances of the collision.If the door struck the side of the moving vehicle, then the person opening the door of the parked car is at fault.If the moving vehicle struck the open door of the parked car, then the moving car is at fault.

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depend where you were. if you were on the road, its your fault cuz its a road! 4 moveing cars for crying out loud! if it was in a parking lot, blame the driver who hit your door. your supposed to be parked in a parking lot! dahhhhhhh!

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