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My neighbor across the street has a driveway that that is catty

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My neighbor across the street has a driveway that that is catty corner to mine. I looked both ways and behind me backing out of my driveway. I was already in the road when i heard and felt a bump, at first i thought i hit brushed against the curb until i saw my neighbor in my rear view mirror. My neighbor was only half way out of his driveway claiming i had backed into him. I only had minor paint scratches and transfer on my passenger side rear bumper. His car has a basketball size dent on his drivers side bumper. Who would be at fault?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Traffic Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 2 years ago.

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Because you were both backing up, you're both partially at fault. This is true even if you started backing up first, unless your neighbor hadn't even begun to back up until you were in the street (because in that case, it was impossible to avoid the accident). You're both expected to continue looking around while backing up and stop (or alert the other driver) if someone enters your path.
"Partially at fault" doesn't necessarily mean 50/50. Pictures of the damage can help establish where you were located when your neighbor hit you. It might also help to take pictures of the driveway to show where each of you were when the bump occurred.
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