Rear Ended in your vehicle – who is to blame?
There are major and minor collisions between vehicles across the UK every day, including road traffic accidents in Datchworth. Some of the minor collisions are rarely reported to the Police and if both drivers are willing to deal with it outside of their insurance companies, especially if the damage is minor or non-existent, then there is not much of an issue.
However, Accident Advice Helpline deal with many claimants who have been hurt in rear end shunts or collisions between vehicles. This can lead to a whiplash injury but, with many believing that the car that rear-ended yours is always to blame, most people believe this is a clear-cut case. But is it?
In most cases, the answer is yes. The car that collided with the vehicle in front is nearly always to blame. Should the drive of the rear vehicle want to claim the car in front ‘cut them up’, it is essential that they have independent witness statements.
Likewise, photographs of the damage to both vehicles will be instrumental in resolving the disputes and one which your personal injury solicitor will be aware of, with so many years’ experience in cases like this.
What are the exceptions?
Not so much exceptions but an opportunity for the driver of the rear vehicle to plead they are not solely responsible:
- For example, if the vehicle travelling in front had no brake lights, and they performed an emergency stop, there could be reasonable grounds of defence that they could not be expected to anticipate the vehicle stopping.
- The car in front reversed into the rear vehicle. Once again, it is imperative that independent witness statements are sought.
Can Accident Advice Helpline help with pile ups?
Accident Advice Helpline will need to advise you further if your whiplash injury was caused in an accident that included more than one vehicle, as collating the evidence and deciding who was to blame or not is far more complicated.
Can I claim compensation for whiplash?
Whiplash is a common injury from road traffic accidents in Datchworth and one that our personal injury solicitors are experienced and adept at dealing with. Some people scoff at the injury, believing it to be ‘made up’ but the pain and discomfort from whiplash can be severe. It can make even the simplest of daily tasks a nightmare.
Have you been hurt in road traffic accidents in Datchworth?
If so, contact Accident Advice Helpline. With our friendly helpline staff, your compensation case could be passed to one our expert injury solicitors within days! Call us now. It’s free from a landline on 0800 689 0500 or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 25th January 2014
Author: David Brown