You are only permitted under Washington law to back up or reverse your vehicle once you have made sure that it is safe to put your vehicle in reverse and when your vehicle will not interfere with any other traffic on the road.
Can I Operate My Vehicle Backwards on The Roadway?
No, you are not permitted to back up or reverse your vehicle on the shoulder of the road or on the roadway itself, unless you are directed to do so by emergency personnel, police officers, or other authorized personnel. Reversing your vehicle on a shoulder of the road or on the roadway may result in penalties such as citations and fines.
What Happens If I Hit Another Vehicle While Backing Out of My Driveway or Parking Spot?
If you hit another vehicle, cyclist, pedestrians including adults or children, or other objects while backing up from your driveway or parking spot, then you may be liable for all damages to person and property that incur.
The rule of the road in Washington setting limitations on when you are permitted to back your vehicle is as follows:
RCW 46.61.605: Limitations on backing.
- The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic.
- The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same upon any shoulder or roadway of any limited access highway.
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