Ask 2: Who’s responsible for driveway-related accidents?

At KPRC 2, we’re dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston.


HOUSTONAsk 2: “I parked in front of my uncle’s driveway and his neighbor across the street backed out of their driveway and hit my car. Is he responsible?”

Answer: Yes, your Uncle’s neighbor is responsible especially if you were parked legally.

Sgt. Stephen Woodard with the Texas Department of Public Safety also agrees. Here is what he had to say:

“It is the operator’s responsibility to make sure they back the vehicle safely. So, even if they are backing out of a private driveway onto a main portion of the traveled roadway, if your vehicle is parked legally and that individual backs into your vehicle, they are liable all day every day,”  stated Sgt. Woodard.

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About the Author:

Justina Latimer is a New York native raised in the suburbs of Baltimore. Before joining the KPRC 2 team, she was a fill-in anchor and multimedia journalist at WSMV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Nashville, TN.