My question involves a traffic accident in the State of: California
My wife and I were in my car and started to back up in a parking lot. I looked both ways and it was clear, and I also have a backup camera on my car (option for car with navigation system). I'm more than half way through, I see another car light's reverse lights blink on my navigation/camera, I honk twice, he's starting to move, I yell out my window, he's still moving, and than he hits me; the car to my right, who was waiting to reverse too, stares in disbelief. I got the witnesses information, the driver and I swapped information and while writing down his information, I was about to take a picture of his information. He immediately grabs his information before I can take a picture, says it is illegal to take a picture of his drivers license, creates a scene, wants to call the police, wants my cell phone, etc... While I politely showed him my cell phone and my recent photos, of which there were none since he grabbed his information before the camera could load, he wouldn't stop until his wife calmed him down slightly.
My question is:
1. Since I have a witness, who thankfully pulled to the side, who saw the whole thing, especially since my honking and yelling caught his attention before the accident, is this going to make it very likely that it will be the other drivers fault?
2. Does my backup camera come into play into any of this? I noted it to my insurance company, but I don't know if it's worth a grain of salt.
3. The other drivers insurance information did not have his car listed. While the other drivers name was there and it was not expired, the car he was driving was not on the insurance card itself.
4. Is it illegal to take a photo of someone's drivers license in California?
Thanks again for your help, and having this forum available.