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I was leaving for work at 5:30 am (dark out) and my neighbor was

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I was leaving for work at 5:30 am (dark out) and my neighbor
was walking his dog. He bent down behind my car for his dog and I hit him hard enough to knock him down. I walked him home and he seemed shaken but fine. His wife is now giving the impression that they will sue. How much trouble could I be in?
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Give that you reported this to the police you are not in any trouble.

You should report this to your insurance company given you are being told they may sue.

Unless he was hurt there is no reason to sue.

And even if he was your insurance would likely just pay what he is entitled to.

The only time you would be sued is if the insurers won't pay the claim for some reason or other.

So I suggest not calling a lawyer now but calling your insurance company.

Let me know if you need any further clarification.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Does it make a difference if he was on the sidewalk/boulevard or my property?

Accident happened Thurs. and as of Sat. hadn't seen a doctor. Probably will today. Does this go in my favour?

It all makes a difference.

If he ends up suing he was at least partly negligent.

And he is not hurt, clearly, as how can he be hurt on Thursday morning and not see a doctor until Tuesday?

If he says he cannot work and is out of pocket money your insurance company will deal with this.
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