Joined: Aug 02, 2006
Location: McLean, VA, USA
Sun Jan 28, 2007 9:46 pm
If you answer “no”, that means you think there was nothing you could possibly do to avoid the accident, absolutely nothing at all. Let me give you an example to clarify. Imagine you are waiting for a green light at an intersection with a perfect visibility in all directions and light traffic. Light turns green, you hesitate a bit and start to move. As soon as you enter the intersection you got hit by another car running red light. Technically you are not at fault at all, which is absolutely clear to everybody, including the other driver if he is not a complete idiot. But you could easily avoid the accident if you looked around before starting to move, paid attention to this approaching car and yielded to it even though this was your undeniable right of way! In such a case you should not answer “no” here.
If you answer “yes”, this does not mean you were at fault. This just means that in a hindsight you see that you could perform some sort of an action or refrain from some sort of an action, and could avoid the accident as a result of this. Again, this has nothing to do with who was officially and/or technically at fault, this has to do with an action or inaction on your side that could have prevented the accident, like in the example in the paragraph above.
Last edited by Misha on Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:58 am; edited 2 times in total
Muahaha! I have never had an accident, collision, fender bump, nudge, crush, tap, ticket, or anything of the sort. Completely clean record, no bumping of my car on anything it shouldn't be bumping. Well, I think I bumped the pylon on the parallel parking course in driver's ed a few years ago... But that wasn't my car.
just had a weird car crash. a tree fell onto the road during night and rain, saw it very late, braked hard didnt stop. passed through the tree branches, a few seconds a later another car crashed onto me from the back.
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