Learning to drive is an exciting time, but the first few times you get in the car, you may also feel terrified! Luckily, your driving instructor is on hand to turn the experience into something positive. Driving instructors must be over 21 and have held a full car licence for at least three years. All Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) have to undergo a criminal record check and then pass three qualifying tests before they can work as an instructor. This means that provided you choose a driving school with ADIs, you can rest assured that your instructor has undergone and passed their training. However, this doesn’t mean that accidents don’t happen, and if you are injured in a car accident (as a pedestrian or whilst learning to drive) with your driving instructor, it’s important to establish whether their negligence caused the accident. Here are a few examples of what may constitute negligence:
- Driving too fast or not paying attention to the road
- Becoming distracted by things such as their mobile phone – talking and texting whilst driving
- Failing to pay attention to road signs or warnings
- Failing to use the dual controls to stop the car if you are driving and need assistance
Claiming compensation for driving instructor negligence
A negligent driving instructor may cause serious injury to those in the car with them, or pedestrians on the road. If you have been injured by a driving instructor’s negligence, it’s important to take an objective view of the situation. Sometimes, it can be hard to establish exactly what happened in the aftermath of a road traffic accident, so contacting a personal injury lawyer is a good idea. They will help to determine if negligence actually occurred and if it did, prove that it led directly to your accident and subsequent injuries.
Choose personal injury lawyers you can trust
When it comes to choosing personal injury lawyers you can trust, pick a company who are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we’re also endorsed by TV personality and UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen, so you know we will provide you with the very highest standards of customer service. Whether you have been injured as a pedestrian or as a passenger in the car with a negligent driving instructor, we can help, and with over 14 years’ experience handling personal injury claims, we’ll work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.