My question involves a traffic accident in the State of: New Hampshire
Yesterday I was exiting a parallel parking space. There were two lanes of travel in the direction I was about to start heading. The road is straight.
It was a tight spot, so I had to move back and forth a few times to slowly move into the travel lane. I had been checking for traffic using my side view mirror, but I had gotten to the point where I felt that I had moved far enough out into the right to claim a the right lane. My attention had shifted to making sure I didn't hit the parked car in front of me. Once my right front had cleared the bumper of the car parked in front of me I moved forward further into the travel lane and my car struck a car traveling down the road. My front left bumper struck the other car's doors on the right side. My insurance company is telling me it's my fault. I think the other driver should have seen me partially occupying the right lane and either yielded to me or moved over to the left lane. I think the driver was in the process of changing lanes, either from right to left to attempt to go around me (but clearly not moving over fully into the left lane) or from left to right and just didn't see that I was already partially occupying the right lane as I was pulling out of the space. My insurance company says the other driver says she was driving in a straight line. This seems impossible to me. If she was traveling in a straight line in the right lane she would have struck me first because I was already out into the right lane so much. If she was traveling in a straight line in the left lane she would have completely avoided me. My insurance company is basically telling me that a driver exiting a parallel parking space has to make sure that there is no car in the lane you are about to enter (the right lane) AND there is no car in the lane you have no intention of entering (the left lane). They are also telling me that a driver in a left lane of two lanes of traffic has no obligation to avoid a car entering the right lane while exiting a parallel parking space. Both of these concepts seem bizarre to me. I would think there would be some point where a car leaving a parallel parking space can move far enough into a travel lane that they have the right to continue moving fully into the lane.
No police report was filed and no pictures were taken.
Is this my fault?