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Can I be held liable for nearly hitting a pedestrian in my car, who then fell down? related questions

  • 1Can I be held liable for nearly hitting a pedestrian in my car, who then fell down?

    I was leaving a small mall when I approached an intersection in the parking lot. A car to my left waved me through the intersection-- The sun was in my eyes and I was unable to see clearly in front of me, but took his wave to mean I was safe to proceed. As the sun passed out of my face I saw a woman and her 15-17 year old daughter. I immediately braked. The younger girl was fine, but her mother, who had a ton of junk in her hands and was wearing flip-flops was startled and fell backwards. I did not make contact with either of them with my car. I stopped to check if they were alright and offered to call an ambulance several times. The older woman asked for my information and I obliged to be courteous because I was shaken up and not interested in fighting with a woman whom I nearly hit with my car. She did not file a police report and claimed she was okay at the scene of the near-accident. Approximately an hour later she called my cell phone and left a message saying that her phone was broken in the fall and that I'd need to replace it. What was funny/strange about this is that this woman asked me to call her back on her broken cell phone, the same phone she was actively using to leave me a voice mail message. I chocked this up to her being litigious and trying to take advantage of my sympathy. Her personality and tone of voice both at the accident and on the phone seemed to suggest she was motivated by $$$ and not by any real need for a cell phone. Are there any lawyers out there that could comment on what the possibility of this woman pursuing legal action against me are? Both for the phone and any injuries she attempts to fake as a result? Thanks in advance.

  • 2In the instance below, would the pedestrian be held accountable at all?

    We had a snow plow hit a person the other day. I'm not sure how badly injured he was but the snow plow driver had been drinking. So he's at fault for sure, however, when they showed this on the TV, it was 5 AM, clear out with totally clear sidewalks. This was a black man, wearing all black and walking in the street. I've heard it's not "cool" to walk on the sidewalks in the "Hood" but come on. I feel this man should take some responsibility for placing himself in danger. If the walks were not clear and he had to walk in the street, he'd have a good lawsuit. I know that in a car accident, each driver's actions are looked to no matter who is at fault. Did you sound your horn? Did you put on your brakes? I know they look for skid marks, etc. If you saw the person coming and did nothing, then you are assessed some "at fault". What does the law say?

  • 3Can I get in trouble or sued for almost hitting a pedestrian in a parking lot?

    It was dark outside and I was backing out at work and I didnt see this woman and her daughter and I almost hit them. But I didn't it was an accident and my car has horrible blind spots (toyota celica) Anyways she called my work and was trying to get my last name. (but they couldnt give it to her) and she said she was gonna file a police report. Can I get in trouble or can she sue me or something?

  • 4Am i liable for this woman who fell down the stairs?

    She was a client ( old ) and comeing back of the bathroom in my restaurant - Climb the steep stairs (very low light ) . and she said she took the walk on the carpet very worn However, I have abig notice saying be careful and be cautious and use the rail ... and I will not be responsible for damage , etc! do u think i can get away with it ... she just broke her ankle

  • 5Can I be held liable for damages?

    So I was working in a computer lab at my university with some friends (I am a student ofcourse). One of my friends had his external HardDrive on the table.When a few of us all were looking at one screen I accidentaly knocked over the hard drive behind me(It broke). This friends dad now wants to take me to court to pay for the data recovery + a new hard drive summing up to almost R6000(which i do not have in the first place). Am I liable for these costs?

  • 6Would I be held liable in this car accident?

    I was driving the speed limit on the highway . There was a big truck in front of me and totally blocked my view . I can not see any car in my lane except the back of the truck . Suddenly , the truck changed lanes without a signal, and I immediately saw two cars stopped in the road in front of me . No other cars in front of them . The distance is too short for me to stop. Then I hit the car in front of me and hit the car in front of him . Now my question is: is responsible in this car accident ? They said that in 90 % of cases , I would. But it will be so unfair to me because , apparently , you can not predict what will happen if I can see . Is there anything I can do to protect myself? Thank you. At the same time , I have to buy a new car in no time ...

  • 7Who will be held liable? What rule of law will Acme use to defend itself?

    Morris is a seller of Acme , Inc. , of Virginia , a manufacture of appliances . He receives a commission on sales made , and without additional compensation . He drives his own car , pay their own expenses , and asks whom he pleases. When I went to make a call to a potential client , negligent Morris hits Acme Hudson and Morris demanding .

  • 8My ex &I had a joint credit card. She has since filed chapter 11 w/ the cc listed. Can I still be held liable

    My ex girlfriend and I had a credit card with myself as the primary. She racked up a huge bill . She filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year with this credit card is listed as a creditor . I have not heard from the collection agency since. It is still on my credit report . I can dispute this ? Despite the bill the credit card is legitimate and may still try to charge me ? I have done many searches on what my rights , but I have not heard much about this specific topic .

  • 9If your unliscensed 16 year old niece lives in the house and is uninsured, who can be held liable?

    My niece of 16 years and his mother lives in my house . She does not have a liscence yet but yet the mother ( my sister ) Let the unit . Do not have much money and her mom have basic coverage . If she has an accident , they go after ?

  • 10I was involved in a car accident, in which I was rear ended, had no insurance, should I be held liable damages

    Just bought the car 11/22/2006 , the day before Thanksgiving, after 5:00 pm , 11/24/2007 am, I was back over. My damage was in the right rear , their dameges were in the back front. I was in the right lane . It is stated in the report of the police who tried to veer into the other lane to avoid hitting me. Affirms that pulled in front of her . If the dealer part responsible for letting the car leave the lot without insurance?

  • 11HELP! Credit Union threatening to take our cars since we fell so far behind!?

    We have 2 loans for our two vehicles (1998 Ford Ranger Truck

  • 12I fell through my kitchen floor after 2 years of asking my landlord to fix this problem....?

    i fell on the floor of my kitchen and I thought to myself that this may be due to this pattern lawsuite ask me to fix my kitchen floor for two years ... nt he wants to spend the money ... I was going to call the application 's code and go to the hospital and sue in civil court , but really worth all this ? I probly would have to move and try to find a place that has a dog and above all I would have to find one that would temp Assit londlord rent .... I know I have a case , but is the money really worth it .... once you call the owner and tell him what happened and what threatin with code enforcement that will hold the soil ... but why do I have to go through all this and I hurt for things done around here ?