If I hit a bicyclistwith my car but he was at fault what, if anything,can he come after me for?

UPDATED: Sep 8, 2011

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If I hit a bicyclistwith my car but he was at fault what, if anything,can he come after me for?

I was driving through a very busy intersection (I had a green light) and a bicyclist pulled out in front of my car and I hit him. He was going the wrong way through the cross walk (1 way street) and was going through a don’t walk signal. I had the green light and ended up hitting him causing multiple injuries. There were 10 witnesses that the sheriffs had and that all stated that it was not my fault, not to mention when a sheriff went to see the person in the hospital he admitted it was his fault. Is he able to sue me for anything? They took blood from me to see if I was drinking and I was not.

Asked on September 8, 2011 under Personal Injury, Washington


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You are right to be concerned that the bicyclist that was involved in the accident with you when your car struck him could possibly file a lawsuit against you for personal injuries. There is always the possibility that the bicyclist could file a personal injury lawsuit against you.

To ease your anxiety, you should obtain a copy of the accident report and send a copy to your insurance carrier for future need.The police report should have statements from the witnesses in it as well a conclusion by the sheriff as to the accident's cause.

If you were not cited by the sheriff, you are in pretty good shape for insulating yourself from liability purposes concerning the accident even if a lawsuit is filed.

Good luck.

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