There are two gas station next to each other. I was in the right turning lane, approaching to enter the 2nd gas station. When a car made a SHARP right turn to enter the 1st gas station, using the Right Lane to make a turn, NOT the right turning lane. By doing so I did not have enough time to stop which resulted me hitting her rear bumper.
Am I at fault for the rear-end collision? Or is she?
The answer for who is at fault depends on who tells the better version of the facts. Generally all drivers have a "duty of care" to drive reasonably. That assessment can be affected by the way the laws are written, but in you case, assuming you were not planning on going past the right turn lane (i.e. going straight beyond the point where the right turn lane ends), you would have the right to maintain your position, and the other driver has the obligation not to enter your lane until it is safe. Under those circumstances, based on these limited facts, I would think that liability rests with the other driver.
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Most of the time the person who hits the other car from behind is the one at fault, but without knowing the specific facts and circumstances, it would only be a guess.
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Absent a diagram, it is difficult to answer your question. Was your lane a "real lane" or had you moved to the right to turn? There are other questions similar to that used to assess liability.
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