Need advice in accident compensation situation
July 27, 2010 10:40 AM Subscribe
Was hit by a truck whilst riding on my bike at night. Didn't have my light on. There is talk of compensation/suing. Need some advice...(slightly long story)
posted by anonymous to law & government (21 answers total)
So the other week I was riding home after work in the evening when I was hit by a truck. I was on the main road and he pulled out of a side street without slowing down at the 'Give Way' sign and clocked the back of my bike which sent me flying and resulted in a very, very badly fractured knee (Luckily that was all that happened)
Now, I'm a generally forgetful person and on this night I'd forgotten to put on my front bike light. Immediately the driver got out and started yelling that he didn't see my light, my light wasn't on, he couldn't see me etc etc. I think I may have agreed with him at this point that, yes, my light was off. He also mentioned that he only slowed down once he heard me shout "Hey, hey, HEY!'
The police came. Talked to the driver and then came up to me and said something along the lines of 'Don't want to be too long mate, but your light wasn't on was it?' and I think I agreed with him.
Now, its coming to the time to get a lawyer and talk about the possibility of getting some compensation for the accident and I'm worried about the whole light situation as it will no doubt sway how things turn out. Everyone is telling me that from now on I say 'My light was on' But I know that I was heard to say that it wasn't and it is most likely what the police have in their accident report. Should I tell the lawyer (who I'm meeting next week) all that I've said here or should I just tell them that the light was on all the time?
I'm in Australia if that provides any useful context.