I was hit by a car while riding by bike, I was facing traffic, is the driver of the car responsible for my medical bills.

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I was hit by a car while riding by bike, I was facing traffic, is the driver of the car responsible for my medical bills.

The driver of the car was going north and i was traveling south

Asked on June 1, 2009 under Personal Injury, Tennessee

Answers:

M.H., Member, California Bar / M.H., Member, California Bar

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Questions of negligence typically turn on reasonability.  The accident could be the car driver's fault, and it could be your fault.  Were you on the right side of the road when struck?  Was the driver?  Someone wasn't.  Although the driver has to use a greater degree of caution given the comparative harm he could cause versus your bicycle, if you caused the accident by swerving into his lane, you will likely lose a court case.  However, his insurance carrier to avoid the risk of a litigation may still pay your bills.

I offer this information in an effort to allow you to better understand some general legal principals that may apply to your fact scenario.  This is not intended to substitute for a detailed consultation with an attorney admitted to practice before the bar of your state.  Laws differ from state to state.  Thus, the information above does not constitute legal advice.  Further, ethical rules prohibit an attorney such as myself from "practicing" law in any state but the state in which I am admitted.  


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