Car passenger in friends vehicle receives damages for injuries caused by his friends negligent driving
A passenger in his friends motor vehicle is compensated for his injuries sustained in a collision caused by his friends negligent driving.
Accident Circumstances: We were informed by our client that he was injured as a result of a collision in a vehicle being driven by his friend. The defendant without warning collided with the rear of the vehicle in which our client was travelling along the A246 in Fayegate.
Our Client’s Injuries: Whiplash injuries to neck and back. He also suffers anxiety.
What did Hayward Baker Solicitors do to help: One of our personal injury specialists Alison Spriggs who is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives took on the case on a no-win-no-fee basis and sent a letter of claim to the defendant blaming them for the accident because they failed to observe or heed the presence of our client’s vehicle and did not drive, steer, brake or control the vehicle in such a way to prevent from colliding with the rear of the vehicle in which our client was travelling. The defendant failed to maintain any or any adequate or safe braking distance between their vehicle and our client’s vehicle.
The defendant insurers denied liability for the accident on the basis that it was our client’s driver that was at fault for changing lanes without warning and braking excessively giving the other driver no time to stop and as a result the two cars collided.
Because of these new facts we redirected the claim to our client’s driver whose insurers admitted liability. As an innocent passenger in the vehicle our client was in no way responsible for the accident either way.
We arranged a medical appointment with a medical expert who would examine our client after which would formulate a report upon our client’s injuries. I would be this report that we would use to prove our client’s injuries and value his claim for personal injury compensation.
A s part of the process we alo formulated a schedule of special damages (out of pocket expenses) with our client’s help so as he could claim for travelling expenses to and from medical appointments, care and assistance around the home and medical expenses such as painkillers.
Resolution: Compensation in the sum of £2,000.00.
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