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Rear Windscreen Shattered

phil001 Avatar
6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
Yesterday my rear windscreen smashed :(.

I was leaving a car park, and obviously hadn't shut my boot properly as it opened as I was driving.
It hit a height limit barrier at the entance/exit of the car park and shattered the glass.
All my fault so far..execept...

The height barrier had not been padlocked into place (padlock was open) and the barrier had slipped off its support and dropped lower than it should have been.
The height limit on the barrier states 2M and i would guess it dropped down approx 30cm.
Had it been at the full height it would have just cleared my open boot = no damage.

Autoglass are coming to replace the glass on behalf of my insurers, I have just had to pay £75 excess.
They did not seem intersted in looking into if the council (or whoever owns the car park) is responsible or not.

My question, from a legal point of view wouldnt they want to follow this up to claim back their costs & my excess?

Not overly bothered as its 'only' £75 but I do pay for legal cover as part of my policy.

Comments/suggestions? apart form the obvious 'dont leave your boot up when driving!', silly mistake, i wont do it again!
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6y, 3m agoPosted 6 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Sorry to hear about the smashed window. Regardless if the barrier had dropped a short bit, I think the fact that your boot wasn't shut properly you won't have a leg to stand. Autoglass aren't the insurer so they wouldn't be interested in the insurance liability, why would they they are window fitters who only assist with making a claim for their payment on your behalf.

Speak to your insurance company and see what they say, but I would think not a lot. Your neglect to close the boot puts you at fault. Sorry to say this but seems that you want to play the blame game and not pay for your own mistake.


Edited By: simplyjimbo on Aug 23, 2010 10:32: .
banned#2
Just take it on the chin as lesson learned. If you start getting at the council about it they could get snotty and claim for damage to the barrier or even report you for wreckless/dangerous driving.

Could it be possible that the barrier dropped as a result of you hitting it?
#3
thanks for the comments.

lol, no not looking to 'play the blame game' i admitted fault in the 1st post.
I am aware that autoglass wouldnt deal with it, was talking about my insurers.

Could it be possible that the barrier dropped as a result of you hitting it?

Nope it was heavy andit would have had to be pushed the other way for it to drop anyway.
It was a big metal barrier the glass could not have damaged it

Guess i just assumed the insurers might want to recover their costs
#4
YOU didnt close YOUR boot and you think its someone else's fault that it got smashed, there will be signs in and around the carpark stating that what ever happens in the carpark is not the responsibilty
#5
phil001

Guess i just assumed the insurers might want to recover their costs


You never know they may just do it but only your insurer can give you a definite answer as all you would get here is speculation. either way still a gutter that it happened
#6
wickedteen
YOU didnt close YOUR boot and you think its someone else's fault that it got smashed, there will be signs in and around the carpark stating that what ever happens in the carpark is not the responsibilty

nope, as i said i adimitted my fault in the first post.
(& there are no such signs)

I know people seem to get angry at the op in these type of posts, not sure why.

Just gathering opinions on the incident
#7
phil001
wickedteen
YOU didnt close YOUR boot and you think its someone else's fault that it got smashed, there will be signs in and around the carpark stating that what ever happens in the carpark is not the responsibilty


nope, as i said i adimitted my fault in the first post.
(& there are no such signs)

I know people seem to get angry at the op in these type of posts, not sure why.

Just gathering opinions on the incident

Don't worry about him. He is not one of the sensible members on this forum.
#8
As you have legal advice included in your cover, why don't you call the experts?

Btw, lots of people drive with the boot open when they are carrying large items, only difference being that it's usually secured.
banned#9
LOL.

You were a complete idiot, yet got away with just a smashed windscreen, rather than something falling out the back and possibly killing someone.

Suggest you get over it, be more careful in future, and pay your dues.

I can't believe you posted this.
#10
another angry person lol
#11
Lol - do apologise but that makes me laugh.

You shouldn't have been driving with your boot open so imagine that they will be reluctant to take any kind of blame.
banned#12
phil001
another angry person lol


only angry at your gall and stupidity sweety.
#13
If it's got glass in it, it's not a really a bootlid...it's a hatchback. There's a rather large difference, you can see and hear if the back of your passenger compartment is wide open.

Your car handbook will state that you should never drive with the bootlid or hatchback open, due to fears of exhaust emissions etc. - ignoring this advice could be considered reckless etc.

To be honest, a loose bootlid on a saloon is possible by accident but it's beyond me how you could not notice a hatchback was open...you'd hear it the moment you started the engine.
#14
ro53ben
If it's got glass in it, it's not a really a bootlid...it's a hatchback. There's a rather large difference, you can see and hear if the back of your passenger compartment is wide open.Your car handbook will state that you should never drive with the bootlid or hatchback open, due to fears of exhaust emissions etc. - ignoring this advice could be considered reckless etc.To be honest, a loose bootlid on a saloon is possible by accident but it's beyond me how you could not notice a hatchback was open...you'd hear it the moment you started the engine.

Thanks for the reply, Its an estate, so a hatch, sorry for the confusion.
All windows were open, and i have a large dog box in the 'boot' space, & i'd only just pulled off very slowly tbh. So i wouldnt notice, besides, i did shut it, it just hadnt latched properly (my fault) and must have come open as the car moved.

Anyway appreciate all (well most) of the input from everyone, looks like i'll just leave it as it stands
Cheers
#15
Wow, if it's an estate there won't even be a luggage space lip...surprised everything didn't just fall out the back as you pulled away.
#16
ro53ben
Wow, if it's an estate there won't even be a luggage space lip...surprised everything didn't just fall out the back as you pulled away.

I really wasnt driving fast enough for that to happen, was in the car park still
#17
would have been dangerous driving if you did clear it anyway with your boot wide open...also how the hell did you not realise it had opened? or did it just pop up when you were under the barrier?
#18
You should be thanking the barrier for alerting you to the situation.

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