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Who is at fault when you pull into a parking space the car next to you swings open their door and hit your car No police were called and the other driver says its my fault and wants 2500 also car rent?

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2011-02-13 08:55:33

Most state it will always be the persons fault who opened the

door, you could not have anticipated at what point they were going

to open their door, they could have looked before opening

though

Answer

Police do not have jurisdiction in vehicle accidents on private

parking lots unless there are injuries or other such circumstances.

In most states the person who opened the vehicle's door without

checking to see if it was safe would be at fault, not the person

pulling into the parking space.

It would be in the best interest of the questioner to get legal

advice from an attorney before making any agreement if discussing

the matter with his or her insurance provider does not provide a

satisfactory solution.

Exception

In some places (such as Massachusetts) police have jurisdiction

over any licensed driver and any motor vehicle operating in

violation of traffic laws on any public way or any other way open

to the public, including enforcement of signs and signals posted by

the private owner.


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