My question involves the accuracy of a citation I received and who is at fault for an accident occurring in the state of Massachusetts. I was struck on passenger side by a truck exiting parking lot from my right. Accident occurred 200 feet prior to a lighted intersection. Opening for parking lot is 40 feet prior to solid white line (PR says 100'). Approaching accident scene, road is single lane one direction that widens 100 feet prior to solid white line. Traffic begins to separate into two lanes prior to parking lot. Light was red as I approached. I reduced speed, engaged left signal, noticed right lane heavy with stopped and slowing vehicles, looked into my left side mirror to make sure left lane was open/available, and proceeded into it. As I passed the slowing car on my right and the following car which had stopped approximately eight feet behind the rest of the stopped right lane traffic, I simultaneously viewed movement from my far right, turned to view it and saw the front of a large box truck careening directly at me/passenger door. Was knocked unconscious and ended up across street in same direction. Came to with several helpers/witnesses and was transferred by ambulance to ER. Police never spoke with me. Truck that hit me was not viewed at accident scene and later learned it had driven into parking lot across the road. Following week learn I'm cited with MGL 89 s 8, failure to yield at intersection.
Police say I was not in a legal lane (40 feet prior to solid white line) yet I was not cited for that infraction. Does that matter?
If it does matter even though I was not cited for it, when are you supposed to enter the new lane given your not supposed to cross a solid white line?
I was cited with failure to yield at intersection, yet the accident occurred 200 feet prior to intersection and, If I interpret MA law correctly, a parking lot is not a "way" consistent with the RMV driving manual and a parking lot entering into a public way does not constitute an intersection. Is that correct?
MGL C 89 S 24: Upon entering the roadway the driver shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles approaching on the roadway. Existing a parking lot and taking a left hand turn requires the driver to provide the right of way to ANY oncoming traffic.
So why am I, not the driver leaving the parking lot, being found at fault? Thank you .