What if I was in the proximity of an accident but not part of it?
Question Details: I was driving down a road with a speed limit of 80 mph at 80 mph. A bike came speeding towards me. I went into the slow lane just as he did about 20 mph behind me. He started to swerve and toppel head over heels with the bike blazing in sparks across the road. His bike did not hit me so I kept on driving. Am I liable for any damages?
You are potentially liable (assuming he got your license plate or can otherwise identify you, and chooses to take legal action, such as suing) IF he can show by a "preponderance of the evidence" ("more likely than not") that you act of shifting into the slow lane and slowing down was both negligent (unreasonably careless) under the circumstances and caused his fall: he needs to be able to show both your fault and the causation of his accident.
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