My question involves a traffic accident in the State of: California.
First of all, Car A (me) just moved to california and has california insurance, but not plates and registration yet.
Car A was stuck in a traffic lane behind an illegally parked car. Signal was on, lane appeared to be clear, and collision with Car B then occurred, which was apparently changing into the same lane.
Car B was traveling normal road speed if not more, and Car A was just pulling away. It is not clear if Car B's signal was on or not. Car B suffered damage to passenger's side door and rear quarter panel. Car A suffered damage to left front quarter-panel and scraping on bumper.
I cannot say the exact position of car B in said lane because it was not there when I looked in the rear view mirror. From what I can tell, we collided mid-lane, meaning neither had completed their merge into the lane. Car A had to make a sharp turn to get into lane to get out from behind parked car, and did not strike Car B as it was just entering lane, and thus sustaining primarily fender damage. Majority of Car A damage is to quarter-panel.
I have already filed claim with my insurance, and the other party has called my insurance but not contacted their own. It appears as if they want to assume no fault in the manner and avoid filing a claim with their own insurance. Car B had no passengers, while Car A had two. Neither saw the car in the lane Car A was passing into (although neither were looking).
No injuries were sustained, and the cops were called but said they would not come because no injuries were involved (is that what they are supposed to do?).
Need to know if Car A will be found completely at fault, and if not, what must be done in order to ensure Car B's insurer is involved and Car A does not receive accusation of full fault.