ICBC Ruled Against Me
Today I received the verdict from ICBC regarding an incident that happened almost a month ago - I am 100% at fault. I was wondering what people think about my case, and what (if anything) I should do.
Location: a small quiet street in a "business district". I needed to turn around, and there was pretty much no traffic, so I made a left turn as a part of a 3-point turn. I was not aware at the time that this was illegal. But I do believe that I started my turn before the other car was in reverse, for what it's worth.
When I stopped at the curb (perpendicular to it), I saw that the other driver was reversing her car to park - well - where I was at the moment. So I honked, to make sure that she could see me. The car stopped briefly, which led me to believe that she saw me, but then proceeded with her parking job. That's when I started honking non-stop, watching the other car creep closer and closer to me, unable to believe that the driver wasn't aware of me standing there. She did drive into me and there was some minor damage to both cars.
At the time, I was very confident that she was in the wrong, because she reversed into me when I was just standing there. There was a witness, but I didn't even bother getting their contact info. Big mistake!
Today I was told that because I was making an illegal turn, the other vehicle had the right of way ("dominant") and I was the "servient" vehicle. Unless I can prove that the "dominant" vehicle was doing something wrong that contributed to the crash. My uneducated take on it is that driving into another vehicle is wrong, unless you had no time to stop. But you have to at least try to stop. It's important to re-iterate that it's not like I snuck up behind her while she was reversing, no - there was LOTS of time. I was standing there for at least 4 good seconds (seemed like a whole minute to me) and she should have seen me. She didn't see me (or hear me) because she wasn't looking. She was probably only looking into the right-side mirror, not the other two where she would see me for sure. In my opinion, this is dangerous driving - you can't just assume that there is nothing behind you. There could have been a child standing where my car was, and that child could be killed.
Anyway, I don't have a way to prove that she was negligent. I had my wife in the car with me, but she's not an impartial witness.
Is there anything that I can do?