Driver leaves scene of road accident but we still win a claim
Being involved in a road accident can be a very traumatic time, particularly if you were injured; however, the experience can be even worse if the person responsible for the accident leaves the scene without providing their details.
A driver may exit the scene because they are uninsured, or have been drinking, or if the car is stolen. In these cases they may escape punishment because the vehicle cannot be traced and they will also escape liability to the injured party because neither they or any insurer can be traced.
We have access to databases that allow us to trace the registered keeper and insurer from a vehicle registration number, so it may be possible to bring a claim against the insurer in the usual way, if the registration is available.
But even without a registration number or a traced driver, a claim can still be made for the injuries and other losses sustained by the accident victim. The claim is to the Motor Insurers Bureau, a government created organisation which is funded by all motor insurers.
Unfortunatley for “Mr & Mrs H” and their family, they experienced a collision and the driver left the scene. They were waiting in a queue of traffic when another driver attempted to turn right across their path, the other driver misjudged the distance, and hit the front of their car. He did not stop and drove off.
Fortunately, a passerby managed to take a note of the other driver’s registration.
We tracked him down and located his insurers, who denied responsibility for the accident!
They said that the other driver had not been involved in an accident, so we obtained photographs of the damage to his vehicle and matched these to the damage on the vehicle that belonged to “Mr & Mrs H”.
We commissioned an engineer’s report and obtained statements from witnesses to the accident.
After we submitted all of this evidence to the other driver’s insurers, they finally agreed to deal with the case, and pay compensation to our clients.
If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a road traffic accident, which was not your fault, regardless of whether the responsible party provides you with their details you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.