I was pleased to learn that my friends at Thompsons successfully negotiated a £17,000 settlement for an Aberdeen man who was involved in a hit and run incident. The man was socialising with friends in Aberdeen city centre when he was struck by a driver while crossing a road. The driver then fled the scene jumping a red light in the process. Thankfully, However, the driver was caught because the man’s friends took down the registration number.
I understand that the driver’s insurance company were trying to allege that the client had been running backwards across the road at the time of the accident and that it was his own negligence that caused his personal injuries. The injured man suffered from cuts to his face, damaged teeth, broken thumb and an injury to head.
I am pleased to report that the insurers dropped their ridiculous claim and agreed to make an out of court settlement for the compensation claim for personal injury.
You may be reading this and think that anybody standing in, or crossing the road is fair game, however, the ultimate liability should always rest with a driver who should be driving with due care and attention for other road users including pedestrians. Even if a pedestrian has no right to be on the road, for example, crossing when there is no green man, the ultimate liability rests with the driver of the vehicle. People automatically think that if they shouldn’t have been in the road then they have no right to make a compensation claim. Nothing could be further from the truth and Thompsons time and time again are invariably successful in pursuing no win no fee personal injury claims in such circumstances.