If you’ve been injured in a Nottinghamshire car accident that involved a drunken driver, it’s possible that you may be able to claim compensation for your injury, even if you were partly to blame.
Under normal circumstances, in order to claim compensation for any personal injury you sustain, the blame for the incident which causes the injury must be attributable to a third party. But say, for example, that you stalled your car in the middle of a road junction and you were then hit by another vehicle being driven by a drunken driver — you may still have a sound basis for a claim, providing that the other car was far enough away when you began your manoeuvre.
A drunk driver’s reaction times become seriously compromised
When you stall a car, you would normally expect other drivers to either slow down and stop, or manoeuvre to avoid colliding with you. But if the other driver was driving under the influence of alcohol, their reactions and judgement would be seriously compromised. If they crashed into you, causing you and/or any passengers you were carrying an injury, you would have good grounds upon which to launch a personal claim for financial compensation, and we here at Accident Advice Helpline would pleased to act on your behalf in this regard.
Drunken driving is still a major cause of RTAs
Despite the many campaigns against drink-driving, it is still one of the most common causes of road traffic accidents, accounting for 15% of all RTA fatalities and 6% of all RTA serious injuries, according to the gov.uk website. Alcohol seriously impairs a person’s perception, and one of the recognised results is that drunk drivers are not able to focus on and recognise potential hazards at distance. When you add this to a drunk driver’s reduced reaction times, it can be a recipe for a disaster.
Summoning the police to your Nottinghamshire car accident scene
All serious road traffic accidents should be reported to the police, and if you suspect that another driver in the Nottinghamshire car accident in which you’ve been involved is under the influence of alcohol, you need to summon the police and tell them discreetly of your concerns; do not broadcast your concerns to the other driver, as this could cause additional friction.
Use our free helpline to solve queries
If you are uncertain of your rights, or you have any queries relating to the accident which caused your injury, you can call our free helpline and chat to one of our experienced advisers. Alternatively, why not visit our website and take what we call the 30-second test? Just answer four simple questions put to you by our compensation calculator and it will verify your claim in principle, if appropriate, and issue you with an estimate regarding how much compensation you could be awarded.
To find out more about our no win no fee services, as recommended by Esther Rantzen, call our free helpline on 0800 689 0500 from any landline, or 0333 500 0993 from any mobile.
Date Published: 27th June 2014