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Parking lots: Who has right of way, who’s responsible is there’s an accident?

April 15, 2019 - 4:00 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Kansas police were sent to a road rage in progress call only to find two cars in a parking lot facing each other with one driver who wanted to exit and the other who wanted to enter.

Both refused to get out of the other’s way. 

One driver said “I’ll sit here all night if I have to” and the other said, “I’m not moving. He has to move.” But who has the right of way in a parking lot and who’s responsible if there’s an accident?

If only one car is moving and hits another, the moving vehicle is generally at fault.

If both are moving and back into each other, they each should have checked so they’re both at fault.

If two cars are vying for the same spot and hit each other, the one who is making a turn across traffic has to yield and is likely majority at fault.

Back to our Kansas geniuses, if neither is moving, they can just sit there all night, as the Kansas police told them when they concluded what they deemed to be the “most ridiculous call of 2019 so far” and left.