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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    If you suffer an injury at a car show, who is responsible?


    Who is responsible for an injury at a car show depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident leading to any given personal injury.

    Injury at a car show

    Responsibility for an accident involving a vehicle being driven into a crowd, such as, for instance, the incident at the October 2015 car show in Luqa, Malta, where a millionaire business man ploughed into a crowd and injured 28 innocent bystanders after losing control of his Porsche 918 Spyder, could be attributed to several different individuals or groups of individuals.

    Basically, such an accident would be either the responsibility of the driver or, if the loss of control was caused by a fault on the vehicle, the vehicle’s maker or the mechanic responsible for the vehicle. If the barriers the vehicle crashed through before hitting the bystanders were not strong enough to provide adequate protection, the event organisers may also be held partly responsible for sustained injuries.

    Other car show accidents

    In a similar way, injuries by slips, trips and falls or scalding and burning injuries could be the responsibility of organisers, of individual staff members or of visitors.

    Establishing responsibility for an injury at a car show

    In essence, responsibility for an injury at a car show has to be established by carefully gathering and examining as much evidence as possible, regardless of whether the injury was caused by a slip, trip or fall, a hot drink being spilled or a vehicle-related accident. Evidence helping to establish responsibility may, for example, include;

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    • Witness statements (which must be accompanied by witnesses’ contact details)
    • Statements by attending event and emergency personnel (again accompanied by relevant contact details)
    • Photographs of the scene, surrounding areas, people and vehicles involved, etc.

    If available, video footage of the accident may also prove helpful (someone may have inadvertently captured the incident on their mobile phone, for instance).

    Daunting prospects made easier

    Gathering all this evidence and establishing who is responsible for your injury may sound like a daunting prospect. It can, however, be made easier by enlisting the skilful help of an Accident Advice Helpline lawyer as soon after your accident, slip, fall or trip as possible.

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    Our in-house solicitors are backed by over 15 years’ worth of experience. As such, they are capable of establishing responsibility and bringing a public liability claim to a satisfactory conclusion fairly quickly (exact time frames can, however, not be predicted due to variations in claim circumstances). Give us a ring on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (mobile calls) now to learn more.

    Date Published: December 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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