Spurious accusations

A cyclist came to us in June last year following a road traffic collision in December 2012 when he was cycling home from work in Glasgow.

He was correctly proceeding along a main road when the third party vehicle, which had been traveling in the opposite direction, made a right hand turn across his path.

The cyclist fell from his bike and sustained a minor soft tissue injury to his neck and a small fracture to his right hand. On top of this, there was £200 worth of damage to his bike.

This appeared to be a straightforward claim on the basis that our client had right of way and the third party vehicle turned across his path. However, after the claim was intimated, the third party made an allegation that our client had proceeded through a red light. The insurers denied liability.

While the civil claim was ongoing, the Police had separately charged the driver with careless driving.

After a long awaited trial date, the third party was found guilty of careless driving. On the very same day, we received a call from the insurers to formally admit liability for the accident.

Within three days of the admission of liability, an offer was put forward and was accepted.

Our client had to wait 13 months to get compensation for his accident because of the third party’s accusations despite the evidence against her.

We achieved the right result in the end and the client was delighted with his award for damages.

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