At the peak of the British tourist season (the middle of August 2014) some petrol stations across Devon had a problem with their unleaded petrol. Some deliveries of unleaded petrol were contaminated and the supplier recalled the consignments. Of course this resulted in delays in getting more petrol and the fuel had to be drained out of the storage tanks at garages. Luckily when the situation was explained to motorists who were keen to buy petrol, they accepted the situation calmly. Road traffic accidents in East Devon might have been prevented, as contaminated petrol as vehicles can be brought to a sudden standstill and have misfires, but if a vehicle simply stops, it is likely that if there were a car behind it, that there would be a crash. You might be able to sue the oil refinery that produced the contaminated petrol for damages, but this would take up a lot of time.
Have you witnessed any road traffic accidents in East Devon?
Sometimes people witness road traffic accidents in East Devon, but don’t tell the police that they saw what happened for one reason or another. However, if you have an accident involving another vehicle, you don’t need a witness to corroborate your version of events to make a personal injury compensation claim. Your version of events might, on the ‘balance of probabilities’ be more likely than the defendant’s version, and a judge would need to decide.
If you see a road traffic accident in East Devon, you should call the police and the ambulance service, and then wait at the scene until they arrive. You will be asked to make a witness statement, which will help the innocent driver prove that he or she was not to blame for the accident, but that the other person was solely responsible for it.
Have you had a road traffic accident in East Devon?
If you have a road traffic accident in East Devon you should stop and find out if anyone in the other vehicle is injured, then call the police and an ambulance. You should not apologise in any way, but simply exchange details with the other driver. Don’t forget to note the registration number of the other car. If you fail to inform the police within fourteen days of an accident, you will not be able to make a personal injury compensation claim through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau if the other driver has no insurance. Take photographs at the scene of the accident as these may be used as supporting evidence if you decide to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline
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Date Published: 5th September 2014