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COllided with a scooter whilst starting u-turn
Nickle
post Thu, 9 May 2019 - 17:17
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Hi, I don't know if I should be posting any exact details on here, because I just got a letter from the police to describe what happened and saying alleged offence - driving without due care and attention, so I guess that means this is now an investigation?

I went to make a U-turn. Single carriageway on our side, dual on the other side. Just after some pedestrian lights. I was doing around 15-20mph.
I checked my mirrors, looked right, traffic was way back, nothing coming the other way, so I indicated right, slowed the car and started turning. Immediately a scooter scrapped down the side of my door.
He's fine, he didn't fall off or anything, that's really all I was concerned with at the time, because I felt really awful and totally shocked that he was even there and how could I not have seen him, given that it was at night.
We took photos, exchanged details and he called the police, he wanted an ambulance and insisted not to move the vehicles until they arrived. When the police said they were not coming, we moved out of the way, exchanged details, and both went on our way.

I'm just a bit concerned now with being alleged to cause this offence, I've never experienced anything like this before. If I was just being wreckless or careless then ok, I'l accept it, but I checked as I always have if I'm making any kind of turn. I honestly can't answer why I didn't see him and I do feel sincerely sorry about that, but it was not because I didn't look. But also, how did he end up there? We were only about 4 car lengths past an island in the road.
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post Tue, 28 May 2019 - 14:04
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QUOTE (thisisntme @ Tue, 28 May 2019 - 12:15) *
QUOTE (Nickle @ Tue, 28 May 2019 - 10:21) *
Ok thanks, so I guess my best option is just to plead guilty in writing and hope for the best (or the least worst).

I have to say, I feel a bit mugged. There's no way he could have been passing me there without driving too fast and/or too close. I know that doesn't excuse my part, but I'll be getting punished by the law and through my insurance. He'll be getting a cheque.


Him getting done would not necessarily exonerate you.

No, I realise that, but this prosecution is being made at his request and whilst I am at fault, so too is he.
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post Tue, 28 May 2019 - 14:13
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QUOTE (Nickle @ Tue, 28 May 2019 - 15:04) *
No, I realise that, but this prosecution is being made at his request and whilst I am at fault, so too is he.

Is it? Or is it that he has reported it to the police, who have decided to prosecute? We don’t “press charges” in the UK like you see on US TV shows.


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Nickle
post Tue, 28 May 2019 - 14:15
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Oh ok, yes he reported it to the police.
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post Tue, 28 May 2019 - 15:12
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I appreciate it doesn’t materially alter your position but if it makes you feel any better I don’t think he’s driving the prosecution.


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Nickle
post Sat, 1 Jun 2019 - 10:34
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Ok fair enough, its out of my hands anyway now. I just have to tell them what happened and leave it to them.
I got another letter from their lawyer today, they've written off the scooter!
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post Tue, 4 Jun 2019 - 04:30
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QUOTE (Nickle @ Sat, 1 Jun 2019 - 11:34) *
Ok fair enough, its out of my hands anyway now. I just have to tell them what happened and leave it to them. I got another letter from their lawyer today, they've written off the scooter!


Weather it had a scratch or written off, affects you in no way.

The same if he gets £1 or £10,000 compo pay out.

What's done is done and to be honest, the fact that you admit to not seeing him at all, and was the one doing the U turn. Apportioning any blame to the rider makes no odds either.







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