As accidents on the road go, losing a wing mirror is not that catastrophic. However, it can be frustrating and expensive to sort out whilst the immediate aftermath can be extremely dangerous given how dependant most of us are, necessarily, on glancing at a wing mirror to check our position in the traffic and stay safe on the road.
How can losing a wing mirror cause a road traffic accident?
Not having a wing mirror can cause all manner of problems on the road. For starters, it obviously makes checking that side of the road much harder than normal. It means having to turn your head more and look in a direction that is not the one in which you are driving. Taking your eyes of the road, however briefly or temporarily, can all too easily lead to a car accident or collision with another vehicle.
How might my wing mirror get lost?
One word, monkeys. Britain is home to some fantastic safari parks which can make for an unforgettable day out for all the family. However, some of the cheekier monkeys like nothing more than getting up close and personal with visitors, clambering all over their cars and wreaking havoc with wiper blades, aerials and wing mirrors.
It is not uncommon for wing mirrors to be pulled clean off by a monkey. Also, driving through and around unfamiliar territory and terrain increases the chances of a car accident occurring and you can easily bump a tree and break it off that way.
However your wing mirror is lost, you need to get it replaced as soon as possible. The importance of staying safe on the road cannot be overstated.
Who is responsible for preventing accidents at safari parks?
As with any public place that welcomes visitors, the management teams of safari parks are responsible, under Public Liability Law, for the safety of their visitors. Obviously, this is somewhat more complicated in a safari park given that the behaviour of animals is impossible to accurately predict. Guests will be given guidelines, such as speed limits, no honking the horn and keeping windows up, but accidents can, and do, still happen.
Whatever the nature of your accident on the road, our expert legal team at Accident Advice Helpline will be able to asses the strength of any compensation claim you may be entitled to make. The advice line is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500, so don’t delay, call us today.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice