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Had A Car Collison Today  
User currently offlineAcho From Mexico, joined Jan 2004, 339 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1160 times:

I was drving my Honda CR-V on a highway here in Mexico, in the outskirts of Queretaro. I was driving on the fast at about 120km/h. Behind me was a little Chevy at about equal speed. Then behind the Chevy came a big black old looking SUV, who overtoke the Chevy using the right lane. He wasn't able to go past me because of other traffic on the right lane. so he went behind me pressuring me to move to the right lane. So I did, and while I was moving over, BAM!, he hit the left rear en of my car. I managed not to loose control.

I tried to chase him, but he exited the highway on the first exit he saw. I wasn't able to get out on that exit. I stopped imediatly when I saw the state cops. The told me they could do nothing with no license plate number.

Do you think this was my fault? Should I have left him past me early? Do you think he did it on purpose, or was it an aciedent? Do you think he was drunk? Waht do you think about all of this?

Regards

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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1144 times:

I believe in Mexico you're supposed to keep the right lane as much as possible like in most of the world?

In that case you were in the wrong for keeping enough room for someone to get past you (or almost)...

Of course because it was a hit and run accident, the other car is in the wrong by default. In fact had it happened here he'd have been guilty of a criminal offense.



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1134 times:

He hit you from behind. His fault, not yours.

It's that simple.

FB05



Never Trust Your Fuel Gauge
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1126 times:

Not sure how it is down there south o' the border, but up here the guy who hit you would be in the wrong, and provided that he was cought, because it was hit and run, he would be charged with a felony.

User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1111 times:

He hit you from behind. His fault, not yours.

It's that simple.


Not always so simple. I can name more than 3 reasons to make your statement false.


Acho, sorry to hear about the accident. Hopefully your CR-V isnt too screwed up. It is a great car. My mother had one for 4 years and there was NEVER EVER a problem with it.


User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6461 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1062 times:

Acho, as you don't want such things to happen, then join a defensive driving training course. Then you learn to spot such idiots on five miles distance and give way to them so they hit others, not you.

You speed up your average road speed that way. Just think about how much time you lose while having your fine car repaired.

Spotting the idiot in advance and giving way to him - and letting him crash into others further down the road, might have cost you ten seconds.

That said, in all countries I know of that guy would not have a license for several years, in case police court up with him. But since he fled, then he probably never had one.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1057 times:


Even if it is his fault...what can you do about it my friend? Always had nightmares about this type of stuff...hopefully insurance will take care of you...fellow Honda driver!!
Regards



Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1030 times:

His fault. What the heck was he doing taking over the right?
Drive carefully buddy....

RM  Smile



There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1006 times:

Not always so simple. I can name more than 3 reasons to make your statement false

Don't worry abouty it. FlyingBronco05 often makes statements tha'ts he's not qualified to make. After all, I don't think he's an expert on MEXICAN traffic laws....


User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2768 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 996 times:

Your details are a tad sketchy but from your description, if the incident had happened here in CA, yes, he'd be at fault but not solely because he struck the rear end of your vehicle. The myth that because the impact point was the rear end of your vehicle and the front end of his automatically puts him at fault is just that....a myth. The actual charge, aside from fleeing a property damage accident (which is just a misdemeanor, by the way), would be his failure to allow a clear and assured distance between his vehicle and yours. Dollars to donuts, though, if he were caught, he'd say he didn't realize there was contact made and he thought you were just some lunatic chasing him. Of course the amount of damage caused would determine if it's possible he didn't realize there was contact made. He could be charged with felony hit and run only if an injury or death occurred and he fled the scene.

On a side note American drivers visiting Mexico should be aware of a common scam down there. That being for someone to purposely engage you in a minor crash with the hope that you're not properly insured (you must purchase Mexican auto insurance). Being that some of the cops aren't exactly on the up and up down there, they're usually in on the scam as well. If you're not properly insured, you're forced to pay an ungodly fine (which is usually split between the cops and the other person involved in the crash after you're "released"). If you don't have the cash on hand, your car is impounded until you can come up with the money.


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