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QLD Car Accident Between Neighbours - Who is at Fault?

Discussion in 'Traffic Law Forum' started by Dharma, 26 August 2015.

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  1. Dharma

    Dharma Member

    26 August 2015
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    My daughter lives in a gated community where they have one driveway into the cul-de-sac. My daughter was reversing out of her parking space when her neighbour drove up behind her to reverse park into her driveway. Neither saw each other when the car accident happened. Who is at fault?
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

    16 April 2014
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    Hi Dharma,

    There are no hard and fast rules regarding fault, especially in unusual situations such as this. However, generally if only two cars are involved in an accident, the car that hit from behind is liable. If two cars are reversing from opposite car parks, both parties will be equally liable for damage. If one car had stopped moving and was stationary at the point of impact, then the other car continued to reverse - the latter is liable for the damage.

    Therefore, I would say if they were both still moving at the point of impact they are both liable and should share costs. If one of them was stopped at the time the incident occurred the car that reversed or drove into the other is liable.

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