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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

    Liability in car accidents with a public service vehicle

    Who is liable if you are in a car accident with a public service vehicle depends on who or what caused the road traffic accident.

    When you are at fault

    If something you did, or did not do, or a fault on your vehicle caused a vehicle collision, you could be held liable for any damages to the other vehicle involved, as well as any injuries to other drivers or passengers.

    Public service vehicle driver at fault

    If a public service vehicle driver causes an accident on the road by careless or reckless driving, the responsible driver could be held liable for any driver or passenger injuries you may have suffered, as well as any damages to your car.

    Fault on public service vehicle

    If the motoring accident was caused by a fault on the public services vehicle, liability may lie with:

    • The driver, if he did not report the fault, or
    • The authority responsible for the vehicle’s maintenance and repair if they knew about the fault, but did nothing to get it repaired.

    If, on the other hand, the vehicle accident was caused by a pothole unexpectedly causing one of the vehicle’s tyres to burst, for instance, the authority responsible for maintaining the road could be held liable.

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    Establishing liability

    It is clear that in order to establish who or what caused a car crash and who can subsequently be held liable for any passenger or driver injuries and damage to vehicles requires the gathering of evidence.


    Evidence that can help to establish liability and support a claim for compensation should include:

    • Photographs or sketches of the scene of your traffic accident, including positioning of and damage to vehicles, road layout and condition, relevant traffic signs and signals
    • Photographs of driver and passenger injuries, where possible
    • Witness contact details
    • Police reports and statements by attending officers
    • Statements by all drivers involved

    It is also vital to seek medical attention for any injuries you may have suffered. This is of importance to ensure:

    • Your injuries are diagnosed and treated correctly as quickly as possible; even seemingly minor injuries could otherwise turn out to be more serious later
    • Your medical records document your injury, its extent, and any treatment and medication that had to be administered to aid your recovery

    Accident Advice Helpline injury claim experts can help you gather this evidence, establish liability and conduct a successful compensation claim efficiently and quickly. Enlist our help by calling us on your mobile or from your home phone on 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: SM Content

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