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Old 09-25-2013, 01:30 PM
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My wife was rear-ended Tuesday afternoon picking up my son from pre-school. She was stopped with her left turn signal on waiting for oncoming cars to pass when she heard tires screeching and looked in the rear-view to see an older Jeep Cherokee about to slam into her. The road is 1 lane in each direction and long and straight, the weather, as you can see, was clear and dry. Posted speed limit is 40mph, and that was lowered from 50mph when 2 kids walking home from school were hit by a drugged driver and killed 3 years ago.

The girl that hit her was about 17 or 18 and didn't even get out of the car. She was cited for "careless driving". My thoughts are that she was texting or on the phone...like EVERY other girl her age. If not, I can't understand how she didn't see my wife in front of her. The police report stated that she was trying to go around my wife.

My wife, fortunately had her seat-belt on and after an ER check-up just has a bad case of whiplash and she's very sore from her head to her feet.

1st pic: my wife would have been stopped approx. where the oncoming SUV is in order to make a left turn into the parking lot of the pre-school. The skid marks looked to be about 60-70' long.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:34 PM
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Glad your wife is going to be OK. Looks like the girl was speeding a bit to me. I hope she had insurance as that is going to be quite a bill for repairs.
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Glad everyone is ok
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Would the teen driver have a case about your wife crossing the double solid line? I don't know I'm just asking. IMO even if it's against the law to cross the line the teen still needs to stop if someone in front has stopped for whatever reason.

Glad your wife and the teen isn't seriously hurt.
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Would the teen driver have a case about your wife crossing the double solid line? I don't know I'm just asking. IMO even if it's against the law to cross the line the teen still needs to stop if someone in front has stopped for whatever reason.

Glad your wife and the teen isn't seriously hurt.
how does one turn left without crossing the double line?
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how does one turn left without crossing the double line?
Seems like a bad law, but it is New Jersey
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I would demand a cell phone report. you will find out exactly what she was doing.

Glad to hear your wife was ok for the most part and that your baby wasn't in the car.
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Call your insurance agent, let them handle everything, very clearly not your wife's fault, I'd even hold out for all medical bills and a bit for pain and trouble, you do have a local agent to deal with, right?
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Insurance was on it as soon as I got home. I have NJM insurance which is the best of the best so I'm confident we will be made whole.

As for a "cell phone report," I imagine that would have to be done through the courts, no? Not sure if the cop asked her but I would like to see it for myself.
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Glad no one was seriously injured...this is why we all have insurance.
Dollar to a dime the teenager was either texting or talking on her cell...no doubt.
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What good would cell phone records do if the girl is already been found at fault?
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What good would cell phone records do if the girl is already been found at fault?
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Not a lot of mystery involved in this one, rear end accident is pretty clear cut. Most important thing is your wife is doing okay, you'll be made whole with respect to insurance I am sure.
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At this point it is irrelevant what she was or was not doing. The most important thing is everyone was ok. Things can be replaced, lives can not. Glad she is ok.
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WE went through all of this nine months ago...rear ended by a teenage girl with unobstructed view up the highway to where my wife was waiting in traffic...

Thankfully the wife is doing well, but we were pretty worried as she had recently had neck surgery.

I would almost guarantee something was going on with a text....

Hope your wife does OK...
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Glad everyone is OK. Good lesson to be learned here. This type of accident is the prime reason for not turning your steering wheel into the turn until you start to move. Same type of thing happen to a buddy of mine, he had his wheel's turned when he got re ended. He ended up getting hit twice, from the car behind and when he crossed the lane
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Originally Posted by Mako 234 View Post
how does one turn left without crossing the double line?
There's not always a double solid line, often it is a broken line. Again I don't know the technical part of the law in this case, I'm only asking. But if it is so then you'd have to make a turn at the next intersection.
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There's not always a double solid line, often it is a broken line. Again I don't know the technical part of the law in this case, I'm only asking. But if it is so then you'd have to make a turn at the next intersection.

I read it the same, double solid yellow line = No turns. Go around the block, go to the next light where there is a U-turn etc.
Double yellow line with breaks for streets or driveways, your good to go.



Not that I haven't done it too
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Q: Can I Turn Left Across Yellow Line(s) Into a Driveway? | BC ...
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I wouldn't stress about what the girl was doing. It's too late now to worry about it. Careless driving is a generic citation you get when you didn't avoid something you should have.

You should be thankful that those skid marks are as long as they are, as opposed to 30' shorter. I also think it's a good thing the girl had the presence of mind to swerve at the last minute, my non expert opinion would be that having the corner take the brunt of it was probably a good thing.

The double yellow line discussion is an interesting one... but as the link above I think it's ok.

Your wife will probably be in a lot more pain tomorrow and the next day.
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I doubt the OP's wife is in any danger here but the way it's written makes it a little grey. "If your not bothering traffic behind you" This teen sure as shit will say she was bothered if it's any kind of legal defense.

You can do it if you aren’t impeding traffic and you make sure it’s safe (for example turning left into a parking lot where the oncoming traffic is coming around a curve and you have bad visibility is probably a bad idea, but if you can tell it’s safe and you are not bothering the traffic behind you, then it’s OK). In other words, Yes you can do it AT YOUR DISCRETION; IF you decide to turn across the lines AND you cause a significant traffic jam behind you, you could receive a ticket for impeding traffic.
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