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You are. Unfortunately, it doesn't matter where the car was parked. Even if it was parked on the moon, you still hit it so... I know it doesn't seem fair but rules are rules. Well, the other driver could receive a ticket for illegally parking, but the car was unoccupied and you ran into it. That makes you responsible for the accident, particularly if you knew the car was there before you back out. Not suprisingly, that someone may have done something wrong does not mean everyone else gets to take a free shot at them. In fact, it may put more obligation on those later to lessen the effects of the wrong doers actions. So, the first one doing wrong may be less responsible than the last one, or anyone who could have avoided making it a problem.

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The person who is backing out of the driveway is completely at fault. Even if the other party was illegally parked, the driver of the other vehicle has the responsibility to look behind them for clearance.

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