I let a friend borrow my SUV for a few hours & it ended up getting t-boned & flipped by a driver in a funeral procession
who ran a red light. My friend was the first vehicle stopped at a red light & started moving through the intersection when his light turned green. He said he didn't see a line of slow moving cars following at a close distance to one another with headlights/flashers turned on, flags/stickers or any indication of a funeral procession. He was almost clear of the intersection when all of the windows shattered after the other driver crashed into the passengers-side rear quarter panel, causing my SUV to flip over & skid about 50 ft down the road. He was not injured (aside from being punched by someone related to the other driver) nor given a ticket. IL law gives funeral processions the right-of-way, but aren't they required to drive 5mph under, follow closely & use caution/due care? Who's at fault here? The speed limit in this intersection/area is 30mph. Could getting hit by a mid-large size sedan at 25-30mph cause the windows to shatter, a 4400 lb SUV to become airborne, flip over and skid down the street on its roof-side?
Seattle Car Accident Lawyer's answer: Your insurance company will investigate the accident, determine liability and make payments based on their findings. Having the right of way does not necessarily relieve you of the primary duty to watch out for other vehicles.