(Closed) Screw California Traffic Laws!!! (VENT)

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well 60% of accidents happen in parking lots! And thats what insurance is for!! Unless you make a police report, then they can determine if the accident was completely your fault. But with backing up its almost always your fault unless you can prove they were speeding or they were parked illegally (like in a firelane). But sorry you had such a poopy day!!

Post # 4
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Omg!! I’m so sorry that happened to you!!! That’s one of the reasons I hate driving ANYWHERE in the bay area…our drivers are a**holes! Hopefully it didn’t cause too much damage…and yes, unfortunately you will be blamed!

Post # 6
4478 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

That SUCKS!  Blame really should be on the person being reckless in this.  I’m so sorry that happened today.


Yeah, the blame laws in California suck.  A few months ago, I had an incident.  My accelerator JAMMED getting off the freeway, and I was fortunately able to decelerate enough to just BARELY tap the guy in front of me.  It dented a tiny bit of mesh on his bumper, and he wanted to take it to insurance.  My friend was in the car with me, saw no damage, and confirmed the accelerator jammed.  Unfortunately, it was considered my fault, even though my driving wasn’t to blame.  

Post # 8
2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Damn! What a rough day!!!

Im so sorry.  CA laws can be a pita, especially in a parking lot situation.  I’ve had two myself.  Infuriating.

Open a botte of wine.

Post # 9
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had almost the same thing happen to me in January!!  I was backing out of a parking space, looked behind me both ways, checked my back-up camera, and backed up.  Out of nowhere there’s a car speeding behind me, and I slammed on my breaks but still hit her.  She jumps out, starts shrieking at me, and made a huge deal.  She had a toddler in a booster seat that slept through the whole thing.  After throwing her insurance info at me, she left.  As soon as she was gone a stranger came up to me, offered his name and number and said he’d be a witness, as she was speeding through the parking lot but was turned around not facing forward.  He pointed out the damage on both cars (I took pictures) and said you could tell how fast she was going bc she only had a small scratch on one part of her fender, where the paint on my bumper was scratched from end to end.  She ended up filing an injury claim, stating that she and her TWO children went to the ER for xrays and severe back pain.  She also tried to sue for emotional distress.  Thanks to my witness she lost, but I was still at fault for the accident bc thanks to California, if youre the one backing up, it’s automatically your fault.  Ugh.  Horrible.  I’m so sorry.  Good luck!!  And def. open that wine!!

Post # 10
23609 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Boo sorry to hear you had to go through this! 🙁  Hope it all gets better…

Post # 11
3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Sheesh!  I don’t ever want to drive in California!  Those laws are stupid as hell.

Post # 12
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

Do you know that I refuse to park head in? I always park back in so I drive out of the parking spot! Then no back fender benders and craning your neck for other cars whizzing by and stupid people walking behind your car making you stop and wait until they walk by etc….


Post # 13
1132 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Maybe I won’t move back to CA. I hate driving and this is part of the reason why.

Post # 15
46380 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sorry you had this experience but I think the laws are basically similar everywhere.

Unless you have a witness to prove otherwise, the person who is entering the flow of traffic, whether forwards or backwards, is assumed to be at fault. Because you were still in the process of backing up, you are deemed to be at fault as the other person was fully in the flow of traffic.

Unfortunately, there is always some idiot who can’t wait another 2 seconds and tries to zip around behind you.

If you can’t back into a spot, find a place where you can drive through two empty spots so you can drive out without backing up.

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