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    Car Accident Help please - Someone hit my Fiancee & left scene - She has reg

    Please can you help me my fiancee was hit in her car from behind this morninig the driver stopped admitted it was his fault however he then drove off.

    She has his registration no. and has called the police however what else can we do?

    62 Comments

    Report it to your insurance company and tell them what you have done. And what happend?

    Adam2050

    Report it to your insurance company and tell them what you have done. And … Report it to your insurance company and tell them what you have done. And what happend?



    This pretty much sums up all you can do...

    Any witnesses? get names and addresses, take photos of your own car damage etc

    Original Poster

    If I report to my insurance does this affect me?

    He'll get his ass whooped for failing to leave his details (although not failing to stop as he did technically stop)

    if she's been hit from behind its pretty much clear cut its his fault for not having enough stopping distance, although witnesses always help the situation.

    insurance company and then police, or police then insurance. failure to stop at the scene of an accident is a criminal offence. let them go round to the registered address and confirm damage to the other car. improves your case for insurance claim as well.

    I demand the you free Reg. He had nothing to do with it!

    sorry, re-read. :P pretty certain failure to provide your details after an accident it a legal requirement too!

    tango42

    sorry, re-read. :P pretty certain failure to provide your details after … sorry, re-read. :P pretty certain failure to provide your details after an accident it a legal requirement too!



    It certainly is!

    nwressell

    If I report to my insurance does this affect me?



    report it to the insurance company relevant to the car & driver

    chalkysoil

    report it to the insurance company relevant to the car & driver



    And how will he know that?

    you have to report it to your insurance, so they can fight your corner, you won't loose your no claims becuase it's a non-fault incident.

    MinstrelMan

    if she's been hit from behind its pretty much clear cut its his fault for … if she's been hit from behind its pretty much clear cut its his fault for not having enough stopping distance



    It's not always the one behinds fault.

    could be a possibility the driver may not have insurance !, hence why they drove off without swapping details !

    scoff

    It's not always the one behinds fault.



    oh yes it is

    scoff

    It's not always the one behinds fault.



    hence me saying "pretty much", and on this occasion it obviously is as he's got out and admitted liability.

    scoff

    It's not always the one behinds fault.




    How do you work that one out ? oO

    scoff

    It's not always the one behinds fault.



    Explain in what circumstances it wouldn't be the driver behinds fault?

    you do get the odd occasion, especially on motorways, and especially involving white van men, of cutting cut up then slamming on. If there are witnesses to say that somone encroached on your stopping distance then harshly braked it will be deemed the person in front's fault.

    however if that person has indicated to come into the overtaking lane in front of you and you've allowed him you should have dropped back to allow him, it is therefor the guys behind fault.

    scoff

    It's not always the one behinds fault.



    I'll think you find it is. Hitting someone from behind is undue care and attention. You should be far enough away from the vehicle in front to give you enough stopping distance in the event of an emergency stop.

    If you hit the car in front, you did not give enough space in front, even if your stationary, you are required to give enough space. The driving instructure told me if you can see the bottom of the wheels of the car in front, thats enough room.

    moob

    Explain in what circumstances it wouldn't be the driver behinds fault?


    When reversing surely if you reverse into a car behind you then its your fault. If you roll on a hill start at traffic lights and bang the person behind, would it not be your fault?

    What about if your on the motorway and someone pulls out in front of you, noit giving you enough time to break and you hit them?
    Edited by: "dungavel" 22nd Sep 2010

    tinkerbell28

    It will affect you still though even if you keep your no claims, trust me … It will affect you still though even if you keep your no claims, trust me on this. If you are in a no fault accident and make a claim through insurance, even if it's not your fault and you keep your NCB, it is still declarable upon renewal for 5 years which will put your premium up. It's declared as a no fault claim.Some horsecrap about when you have bee involved in once accident you are statistically more likely to be part of another, fair? No but that's insurance companies so do be prepared for that.



    This is 100% true. Ask your insurer about it, they will grudgingly admit it is correct.

    OP should obviously contact his insurer in this instance, although state they wish to obtain the liable driver's details and lodge the claim via them. However, if there's an issue over admission of fault, it may be in the best interest to go through your insurer's legal service. Police is also required.

    MinstrelMan

    you do get the odd occasion, especially on motorways, and especially … you do get the odd occasion, especially on motorways, and especially involving white van men, of cutting cut up then slamming on. If there are witnesses to say that somone encroached on your stopping distance then harshly braked it will be deemed the person in front's fault.however if that person has indicated to come into the overtaking lane in front of you and you've allowed him you should have dropped back to allow him, it is therefor the guys behind fault.



    Very ambiguous situation and entirely dependant on reliable witness statement unfortunately.

    dungavel

    When reversing surely if you reverse into a car behind you then its your … When reversing surely if you reverse into a car behind you then its your fault. If you roll on a hill start at traffic lights and bang the person behind, would it not be your fault?



    But then, that's you hitting the driver from behinds car and not the other way around. Which is different.

    moob

    But then, that's you hitting the driver from behinds car and not the … But then, that's you hitting the driver from behinds car and not the other way around. Which is different.



    What about if your on the motorway and someone pulls out in front of you, not giving you enough time to break and you hit them?

    What about if you pull onto a round about, not realising that there is someone coming round. The person doesn't have enough time to stop and goes into teh back of you?
    Edited by: "dungavel" 22nd Sep 2010

    gRoberts12

    I'll think you find it is. Hitting someone from behind is undue care and … I'll think you find it is. Hitting someone from behind is undue care and attention. You should be far enough away from the vehicle in front to give you enough stopping distance in the event of an emergency stop.If you hit the car in front, you did not give enough space in front, even if your stationary, you are required to give enough space. The driving instructure told me if you can see the bottom of the wheels of the car in front, thats enough room.



    thats not structly true, theres no rule of thumb you just have to use your own judgement based on your circumstances, reaction time, weather, brakes etc etc.

    dungavel

    What about if your on the motorway and someone pulls out in front of you, … What about if your on the motorway and someone pulls out in front of you, not giving you enough time to break and you hit them?



    Answered above mate.

    wickedteen

    oh yes it is



    seconded. that is how the law sees it

    hence the increasing round about scam where someone in front goes to pull away, then hits the brakes and leaves themselves in gear. result - you crash in to the back of them, they claim for insurance and injury, yet reduce the risk of more serious injury by having the car in gear

    moob

    Answered above mate.



    Ok i'll re-phrase. You are on the motorway driving along, within the speed limit, and someone swerves out in front of you with no indication no real space for them to move out, but they still do so. The consequence is that you clip the back of them, beacuse the stopping distances are to short. Are you to blame?

    Also see my edited post for another scenario?

    MinstrelMan

    thats not structly true, theres no rule of thumb you just have to use … thats not structly true, theres no rule of thumb you just have to use your own judgement based on your circumstances, reaction time, weather, brakes etc etc.



    The bottom of the wheels only applied when stationary in traffic. Hell, I wouldn't get that close when moving, although I know a few people who drive closer lol

    tinkerbell28

    See it's very if buts and maybes here is this scenario, car cuts up then … See it's very if buts and maybes here is this scenario, car cuts up then slams on breaks, middle car (ours) stops with a full on emergency stop and is stationary. 3rd car couldn't stop and rams into middle car which then projects the middle stationary car into the car infront. The car at the back was found at fault for not leaving a stopping distance, the middle car wasn't as it was stationary, neither was the 1st who caused the accident really. So it was all down to witnessess etc, but the car behind went at such a speed even though our car had stopped it cause a forcefull impact into the car infront, the one who cut a whole lane up then rammed on his breaks.



    Thats quite a pickle....

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    tango42

    seconded. that is how the law sees it



    No its not as MinstrelMan stated in comment 19.

    And witness statements are not the only way to find out. CCTV footage and accident investigations can also be used as this method has been known to be used by people doing insurance scams

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    tinkerbell28

    See it's very if buts and maybes here is this scenario, car cuts up then … See it's very if buts and maybes here is this scenario, car cuts up then slams on breaks, middle car (ours) stops with a full on emergency stop and is stationary. 3rd car couldn't stop and rams into middle car which then projects the middle stationary car into the car infront. The car at the back was found at fault for not leaving a stopping distance, the middle car wasn't as it was stationary, neither was the 1st who caused the accident really. So it was all down to witnessess etc, but the car behind went at such a speed even though our car had stopped it cause a forcefull impact into the car infront, the one who cut a whole lane up then rammed on his breaks.



    3rd car is at fault for all the damage his stopping distance wasn't effected by the middle car being cut up so should have been able to break safely as the middle car could have breaked for any reason

    Paddy Charlie

    No its not as MinstrelMan stated in comment 19.And witness statements are … No its not as MinstrelMan stated in comment 19.And witness statements are not the only way to find out. CCTV footage and accident investigations can also be used as this method has been known to be used by people doing insurance scams



    From my own experience though its very very very difficult to get CCTV footage from police or highways agency, I failed in my attempt in trying to get hold of someone who clipped me, causing me to skid into a barrier on the M56 a few years back, CCTV would have caught it becuase it was on the sliproad on the M6 northbound and at the time I could see I was in view of the camera.

    Banned

    It might be difficult but it is possible as I work in Road design and last company I was involved in had a motorway maintence contract so did som accident investigation work and used CCTV a number of times

    In Egypt the car in front always takes the blame, because 99% of the time they would have cut up the car behind. True story.
    Alot of the people on here make me laugh with their statements of the car behind is pretty much always to blame, watching traffic cops every night does not make you a traffic cop...

    scoff

    It's not always the one behinds fault.



    +1

    someone last month reversed into the front of my car (with his rear) and it WAS NOT MY FAULT.
    he now has to pay for my damage,hire car ect ect.
    not always the one behind is at fault.most times yes,but not always.

    wickedteen

    oh yes it is


    Oh no it isn't (bit of a panto theme here)

    shopstilldrops

    How do you work that one out ? oO



    moob

    Explain in what circumstances it wouldn't be the driver behinds fault?



    gRoberts12

    I'll think you find it is. Hitting someone from behind is undue care and … I'll think you find it is. Hitting someone from behind is undue care and attention.




    Driving down a road at 60mph, suddenly a car pulls out of a side road (5mph) about 15 foot in front of you.... it is not the one behinds fault when you hit them.

    dungavel

    What about if you pull onto a round about, not realising that there is … What about if you pull onto a round about, not realising that there is someone coming round. The person doesn't have enough time to stop and goes into teh back of you?



    Driver from behinds fault for not paying attention/keeping safe distance.

    scoff

    Driving down a road at 60mph, suddenly a car pulls out of a side road … Driving down a road at 60mph, suddenly a car pulls out of a side road (5mph) about 15 foot in front of you.... it is not the one behinds fault when you hit them.



    Agreed, and what with dungavel said as well about the motorway hypothetical; but these are exceptional circumstances, and not the majority of rear-end collisions that occur, which is the point being made on the thread. The other point being made regards these exceptional circumstances is that you would need a witness on scene or admission of guilt - which is becoming a rarity these days.
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