Advocacy & Safety - A little help please! The law regardin crashes of bikes Vs cars?
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10-26-04, 11:12 PM
Could anyone who has an understanding of traffic law, sspecially traffic law in the UK, go here (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=72279). It's about an accident i was involved in with a car on the road. The driver is now holding me responsible. Any advice is appreciated, even if you think it may not be applicable.
Why don't you ask these people: http://www.bicyclelawyer.com/
One possible problem with this web site is that the accident was done in the UK, but check to find out if that's a problem for them, if it is ask if they can refer you to someone who can help.
10-28-04, 08:01 PM
I'd contact a lawyer that specializes in motor vehicle accidents. There are attorneys in the US that won't charge for an intial consultaion.
10-28-04, 11:35 PM
Could anyone who has an understanding of traffic law, especially traffic law in the UK, go here (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=72279). It's about an accident i was involved in with a car on the road. The driver is now holding me responsible. Any advice is appreciated, even if you think it may not be applicable.
Try this link. Search for, how motorists are supposed to cope with cyclists.
He is "holding you responsible"? I take that you on your bike and a motorist managed to have a collision. I believe legally, he could sue you for damages if you were clearly at fault. But, given the huge mass differential between a cyclist and a vehicle, I would think that a motorist suing a cyclist for a scratch on their car would seem like well................. bad manners or something. I would sort of be like a US aircraft carrier hauling some day sailor for scratching the hull when he hit them in his little pleasure boat. It could be done, but it wouldn't look good now would it? Given this fact, there is a good chance that the person will not follow through even if they are 100% in the right legally. Of course, some people have no shame.
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