Anyone who only honks their horn in the event of danger but then drives on may be partly to blame for an accident – even if the other person wasn’t actually paying attention.
The horn is one of the parts on the car that you rarely need.
Because even if some people don't seem to know it: The noisemaker isn't there to greet friends on the side of the road or to express displeasure with the driving skills of other road users.
But only as a warning instrument in the event of danger and as an overtaking signal.
Complicity despite the right of way - because the driver had only honked but not braked
If you don't brake, you have to pay for the accident - even if you actually had the right of way.
For example, when a driver registers that someone else is trying to reverse out of their garage entrance - and a collision is imminent.
This is what happened in a case that the Saarbrücken district court recently heard.
Because even though the driver honked his horn on the street, there was a bang: the person leaving the parking space had not stopped despite the warning.
And then sued for damages, even though he had caused the accident.
Complicity despite having the right of way – better not trust that honking your horn will help
One can find that cheeky.
Nevertheless, the inattentive driver got his way - and the actually innocent one was partially blamed.
Because, according to the court, according to the lawyer's platform
: Honking does not give any confidence that the other road user will stop reversing.
The judges charged the horner with a slight breach of care: He should have watched the parking vehicle and be ready to brake.
But since he simply drove on, he is liable for 20 percent of the damage caused.
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However, the main culprit is still the person exiting the parking space, since he violated the duty of care when reversing.
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