In February 2013, a bizarre road traffic accident unfolded in the city of Dubai. After being paralysed from the neck down due to being involved in a car crash with another vehicle, the young victim took the unusual route of trying to raise his own compensation money.
Why did the victim try to raise his own compensation money after the car crash?
The driver of the other vehicle involved in the road traffic collision with the young man was declared bankrupt and was therefore unable to pay the full amount of compensation demanded by the courts to be given to the young man. As a result, the driver of the other vehicle was imprisoned. What happened next was an unusual set of events.
The young man set up an appeal to raise money for the driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision. The young man’s reasoning was that if he were to raise enough cash and free the driver of the other vehicle from prison, then the driver would be in a position where he would be able to pay the full amount of compensation owed to his victim.
“If people donate to him, he’ll be able to pay me,” said the 32-year-old victim, who worked as a salesman before the car crash. “I’ll get money for treatment and he’ll be free. Otherwise this will drag on and on; we’ll both suffer.”
This was not to be the only obstacle in the way for the victim. There were reports that the father of the victim fled to Pakistan with a significant proportion of the money the victim had received. The case sets an unusual precedent for a victim of a car crash to take affirmative action to raise money for someone who has caused them a wrong.
Claiming for compensation in the wake of an accident
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we understand the hardships and trauma that can be caused as the result of a vehicle collision. If you’ve been the victim of a car crash in the last three years which wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Our lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 from a landline and 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, so you can always be assured that a professional, friendly advisor is waiting to take your call when you make that difficult step to proceed with a claim for compensation.