Acho From Mexico, joined Jan 2004, 340 posts, RR: 2 Posted (11 years 5 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1502 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?
DLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1468 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.
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6955 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1404 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
Itsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2832 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1338 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.