Visitor Question

Rolled Into a Car While on a Steep Hill…

Submitted By: Tanja (Fayetteville, NC)

I was stopping on a VERY steep hill to pick up my child from school. The truck behind me was all up on the rear end of my car. When it was time to proceed in traffic, I started my car and because the hill was so steep my car rolled back a bit before going forward and hit the truck behind me.

Who is at fault in this situation?

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Answer

Dear Tanja,

The other driver is at fault. It’s her duty to keep a safe distance from the driver in front of her.

With the manner in which car bumpers have been made over the last 10 years rolling back into another’s vehicle shouldn’t have caused any damage. Most bumpers are made to withstand collision speeds of about 15 miles an hour.

Unless the other driver is asking you for money, you shouldn’t be concerned.

Some people think no matter how slight the collision, there is a lawsuit there somewhere.

Don’t be overly concerned. To have a lawsuit or to recover any compensation for a car accident there must be verifiable injuries. The other driver will have had to see a doctor and then hire a lawyer. Even if that occurred your insurance would represent you.

No lawyer we have ever heard of would consider taking a personal injury case unless their prospective client suffered serious injuries. Unless there are some other facts you haven’t shared with us, you probably can forget about the entire matter.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: September 10, 2011

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