Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 7th, 2007 at 11:13 pm
In the past I’ve covered what to do if you get hit by a car…but what if you get hit (and seriously injured) by another cyclist? This rare scenario just came in as a Close Call report from a reader named Ben Parsons:
“I was in a bike-bike collision. The other rider didn’t see me, and didn’t stop at his stop sign riding west bound. It was dark and I had front and rear lights, he did not. I had the right away riding south bound with no stop sign at the intersection (I saw him, but figured he would at least slow down). To avoid collision I braked quickly just before colliding and flipped over my handle bars… and the other biker fell into me.
I have all his contact info – name, address, phone, DL#, and health insurance. He and I wrote out on paper what happened and he admitted to this being his fault.
I have made a claim with my auto insurance company, but waiting to hear back from the adjuster on Monday. Renters insurance covers any property damaged.
I didn’t file a police report because police told me not to since it’s not fatal or trauma. I am going to have a crap load of medical bills (torn AC joint), wage lose, etc.
Is this guy liable by any Oregon law or will I have to take it to civil court?“
Thanks for sharing Ben. I would assume you treat it just as if the cyclist was any other vehicle, but I’m not sure. Maybe one of our readers will step up with some advice. Ray, Mark, what do you guys think?