My question involves a collision that occurred in the state of: California.
So, I got into my first car accident this weekend. I was driving on a two lane freeway and was preparing to make a left turn into an empty field on the other side. I turned on my left blinker and slowed down, checked for incoming traffic (there was none) and started to make the turn when the car behind us tried to pass us on the left. I immediately yanked the car away to avoid the passing car but not in time as the car swiped us on our left front fender, hit the front left wheel and tore off the left part of our front bumper. The driver in the other car cussed us out and crossed the lane into the field. We followed into the field after it was safe and exchanged insurance information...fortunately, there were no injuries. The other driver's car was fairly intact- there was some damage to the front right tire and a dent on the right fender but her car was driveable. My car wasn't so lucky (the front bumper was dragging on the ground) and we had to call a tow truck.
I was wondering if I could get some thoughts on who was at fault? I don't think I was making an illegal turn (it was a two lane road with a single dashed line) and there were no incoming cars but I didn't expect the other car to come up so fast and pass me on the left, especially since I had my left blinker on for a while. It was fortunate that I was turning slowly enough that I was able to prevent the car from T-boning us.
Car accidents are so stressful...