Philadelphia, PA asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania

Q: Who is at fault when a car stopped in a midle of a busy route to make illegal left turn

It happens at 4:03. The sign says no left turn from 4pm to 6pm . He gave me his document than he made a police report alone . And gave them my pate number and phone .I have a video camera . The accident happens at Kelly drive route I tried to avoid him . I need explaination please and thank you

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: The issue is you rear ended him. Unless you have a good reason why you didn't see him slow or stop, you don't have a right to assume that he is moving if his brake lights are on. You have to maintain an assured clear distance, which means as he was slowing you have to slow. I haven't heard any facts that would make him at fault for the crash. He can be charged with an illegal turn, driving in an unsafe manner, but that doesn't help you. The only time it will is if he was over the brow of a hill and you couldn't see him. But Kelly drive isn't that steep, nor are the curves that sharp.

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