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SURELY DH didn't "run over" this cyclist??

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justanotherburd Thu 09-Feb-17 21:02:22

I've namechanged

DH got into an accident with a cyclist this evening.
We live in a house with a cycle path going along in front of it- it goes driveway, path, pavement, road but the drive is at a sort of angle not directly in front of the house and we live next to a corner so the visibility is poor.

DH was going down the drive and road was clear. Looked right- clear, looked left, moved off of drive and then a cyclist smacked into the right of his car! He fell off his bike and DH jumped out to see if he was OK. Cyclist started yelling at him but DH thought he'd just got a shock, tried to calm him down and pick up the guy's bike. He then offered to drive the man to the hospital, cyclist refused, and the front of his bike was bent so he just walked away dragging the bike along.

DH then realised that the side panel of the car is quite scratched, but it's an old car and obviously that wasn't the first concern. Wrote it off to "life" and went off to work (he works evenings)

I had a phone call from police on the land line asking for DH though they wouldn't say why, gave them his mobile and he's just rung me saying they want to speak to him about leaving the scene of an accident after injuring this man!!! SURELY this isn't DH's fault?? He did everything he could and the man refused his help!!

I'm now angry as actually I think it WAS this cyclist's fault- and surely it was HIM that left the scene of him damaging our property! I saw what happened after the initial "bang" and then looking out upstairs window but was feeding DC and by the time I'd got downstairs the man had gone.

walruswhiskers Thu 09-Feb-17 21:03:50

Can't tell from your description who is at fault. But your DH should have rung and reported accident to the police.

PotteringAlong Thu 09-Feb-17 21:03:57

So your DH hit a cyclist on a cycle path and didn't report it to the police? I think he was in the wrong here.

TheMythOfFingerprints Thu 09-Feb-17 21:04:52

Your dh didn't see the cyclist and pulled out though.

Hercules12 Thu 09-Feb-17 21:05:21

I'm pretty sure your dh is at fault plus he should have reported it to the police straight away. Youre meant to look right again before pulling out.

trinketsofgold Thu 09-Feb-17 21:05:24

Your DH was reversing off a drive way, if it was a car not a bike who's fault would it be?

Your DH is in the wrong. You can't just reverse out in the path of someone.
Look, look and look again.
Poor visibility isn't really an excuse.

Friendinneed2016 Thu 09-Feb-17 21:05:45

Your she crossed the cyclists path so surely he is at fault and not the cyclist? Technically he should have reported it to the police and his insurance company. It's not your fault the cyclist walked off though.

BWatchWatcher Thu 09-Feb-17 21:05:51

It sounds like the cyclist ran into the car and not the car into the cyclist.

VocalDuck Thu 09-Feb-17 21:06:53

I think your DH was at fault. It is no different to a car driving along and your DH pulling out in front and causing a crash.

Didyoumeantobesorude1 Thu 09-Feb-17 21:07:00

I think they were both at fault. Your husband should have looked right, left and right again. And the cyclist should have been going more carefully, and shouldn't have alleged that your husband left the scene. But your husband will probably get the blame, sorry.

Hercules12 Thu 09-Feb-17 21:07:15

How can it be the cyclists fault. Surely he was cycling along and your dh suddenly came into his pathway. Plus as the injured party I can see why he left.

LadyintheRadiator Thu 09-Feb-17 21:07:30

Have been in almost the exact same position - cyclist rode into the side of my car as they were not paying attention. Your DH should have reported it to the police and insurance company though. Expect a claim for injuries which may effect your premiums.

trinketsofgold Thu 09-Feb-17 21:07:54

Unless the cost was travelling at the speed of light your DH did not look properly

gamerchick Thu 09-Feb-17 21:08:07

Yeah you're supposed to look again before pulling out. At least that's what I've learned after decent sized lectures while learning.

trinketsofgold Thu 09-Feb-17 21:08:24

Cyclist, not cost ffs

HughJarss Thu 09-Feb-17 21:08:32

Not at all fair that cyclist left the scene. But will probably go down as being your husband's fault.

MagicMoments22 Thu 09-Feb-17 21:08:38

Either way your DH should have reported to the police and insurer as someone was injured whether they wanted to take it up or not. Cyclist was probably in shock immediately after the accident

DizzyFizzyLizzy Thu 09-Feb-17 21:09:30

Where does it say he reversed?

BestZebbie Thu 09-Feb-17 21:09:42

He ran over the cyclist (not literally).
But it sounds as if he didn't leave the scene, because the cyclist left first, after speaking with him.

Hercules12 Thu 09-Feb-17 21:09:49

Why didn't your dh report to police?

bobberybobble Thu 09-Feb-17 21:10:31

If this happened to me I probably would be the same and I probably wouldn't have rung the police either like PPs have said.

Likelyhood now is your going to have to claim off your insurance as he went to the police first and it sounds like a he said she said sort of thing.

Hopefully the police believe your DH though, because that kind of offence can get a bit serious.

Rainydayspending Thu 09-Feb-17 21:10:52

It's look right, left then RIGHT AGAIN precisely because a cyclist is easily hidden in the cars blind spot. Looking again means they will have moved hopefully to be outside the blind spot.

PurpleDaisies Thu 09-Feb-17 21:10:54

If you've been in an accident where you know someone's been injured or something's been damaged and you haven't swapped details, you have to report it to the police.

justanotherburd Thu 09-Feb-17 21:11:08

He wasn't reversing he was driving forward. Who doesn't reverse onto their drive!? The cyclist wasn't there when he looked and obviously he had to look both ways. Cars usually slow right down coming round the corner as it's basically a blind corner. He actually did offer to phone police as well as ambulance and take the man to hospital and the man shouted at him and refused all. Are you still meant to phone the police if the other person refuses!?

Wolfiefan Thu 09-Feb-17 21:11:25

Cyclist shouldn't have left and then reported it to the police.
BUT your husband reversed into the path of a cyclist. You can't blame the visibility. You don't pull out of you can't see it is safe.

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