Car park accident help!!!!!

  Evie 17:04 25 Feb 2019

Hi everyone, The other day my partner was driving into the parking space. As he was driving in the car in front started to reversing and bumped into him. There’s no damage on any of the cars. The other driver wants to make a claim against my partner, saying it was his fault. When asked why he was reversing he said that he wanted to take space behind him as the one he was parked in was too tight and he’s blaming my partner for not noticing his reverse lights ! My partner didn’t think and he got no photos of the other car but there’s no damage on our car.

  alanrwood 18:17 25 Feb 2019

I would say the fault is split 60/40 with the other driver taking the 60%. Reversing without due care and attention and insufficient observation.

However if either car was stationary when the cars touched then that would be the innocent party.

  Evie 18:39 25 Feb 2019

alanrwood thank you for your reply. The both car were moving as my partner was driving in and the other driver was reversing to change the car space. I don’t understand why he’s trying to make a claim when there’s no visible damage to the cars ? He also had a parking sensors which he claims didn’t work on time

  bremner 19:43 25 Feb 2019

It makes no difference what anyone says on here regarding apportioning blame, that can only be decided by the insurance company.

With no independent witnesses experience suggests it will most likely be seen as knock for knock.

  HondaMan 15:22 26 Feb 2019

Watch out for an accident management company trying to get involved. Your partner must notify his insurance company but make sure that is is for information only.

So far as "the claim" is concerned, this sounds like a "try on". What on earth is he trying to claim for; personal injury? Cash for crash springs to mind.

  The Kestrel 08:01 28 Feb 2019

Your insurance company should be dealing with this. If your insurance policy includes legal cover any need for court action will be covered. For further advice you could go to Citizens Advice or visit their website.

  HondaMan 12:53 28 Feb 2019

Insurance companies take the cheap option (for them) and pay, thereby costing you your NCD. You are obliged to notify them of the accident, but you should make it clear that it purely a notification as required and that you do not require them to deal with it on your behalf. If the other party goes to their insurer, which I doubt, you may need to involve your insurer.

  xania 11:17 04 Mar 2019

IMHO a reversing light is only informative and it is still the reversing driver who needs to take precautions. I suggest your partner retorts by blaming him for not seeing he was there BEFORE attempting to reverse!

This is why a dashcam is nowadays an essential.

  Menzie 14:15 16 Mar 2019

If you do get one, make sure your dashcam is setup properly. If the dashcam shows time even a minute off it can be dismissed as evidence.

Likewise if the footage is too grainy to see the number plate.

You should also check periodically that the SD card is still good as with all the writing and overwriting they eventually go bad.

  bremner 15:34 16 Mar 2019

If you have footage showing that you are not culpable why on earth have you not shown it to police. All you are doing is potentially wasting everyone’s time and costing the tax payer money.

  qwbos 16:39 16 Mar 2019

you can only get whiplash going forwards

Utter rubbish. Most whiplash injuries are reported by people who have been hit from behind, when the victim is going backwards relative to the vehicle that's hit them. Head restraints were installed in vehicles specifically to reduce the incidence of whiplash.

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