Will I be fined for accidentally hitting a person with my car in a mall parking lot?

Asked in Greenville, PA , on Dec 23, 2010

It was 9 pm and the man was not walking in a cross walk. He was wearing a black peacoat so I did not see him untill the last second. I was not going over 10 mph, the man hit my hood and bounced off. He was relatively okay but still was talon by ambulence to a hospital. Will I be expecting a traffic fine. I know insurance should cover his medical expenses

Answered on Dec 28, 2010

IGiven that it was night time, the person was out of the crosswalk (presumably crossing and not walking in the road) and was wearing dark close, it does not sound like something they would cite you for. However, it would be in the descretion of the officer and they could send you one by mail. They may just note a possible violation in the police report, but not actually cite you; I have seen that. I agree that civil liability is your number one issues. You have a number of defenses, but you MUST tell your insurance company right away.

Timothy P. Brennan, Esq.
Croslis & Brenn an Law Offices
2030 Tilghman Street, Suite 203
Allentown, PA 18104