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  1. No I did not, but massive lesson learnt, nothing is as innocuous as it seems when it involves a pedestrian and a car...
  2. It is my personal car which I use to drive to work. I have called my insurers and made them aware of my concerns. As I said earlier, I stopped since the parked HGV was blocking my view. I was creeping ahead and as I was passing his passenger door he falls on the passenger wing mirror, if he had fallen on my bonnet then obviously I should have seen him. The thing which irks me are the allegations that the wing mirror was ripped off and that I was driving too close to him, when in fact he wasn't at all there in the first place! Isn't there any onus on pedestrians to check when they cross roads/come out of their vehicles?
  3. I was involved in an incident (I would not term it an "accident") last month. As I was driving into the company car park, there was this HGV parked to my left. I stopped and then started slowly, and as I was passing the HGV, this guy climbs down from the passenger side of the HGV and lands on the passenger wing mirror of my car. I go forward and stop as I see him waving in my rear-view mirror. There is a parking attendant who informs me that the chap behind is yelling that I ran over him. I then park my vehicle and ask him if he is alright. He says he has hurt his back and leg, which I could scarcely believe as I was doing as little as 5-7 mph. He then goes away muttering "you don't get run over by a car every day". I call up the police the same day informing them of this incident. The officer asked me if there was any damage to my vehicle to which I replied there wasn't any. She says there is nothing the police can do as there was no damage to my vehicle and hence technically she cannot make a note of this. This morning, I get a letter this morning from his solicitor for a personal injury claim. This has left me dumbfounded. OP claims he was fixing something on the side of his HGV, which he clearly wasn't. He then goes onto say that my wing mirror hit him with such force that my wing mirror came off, which is a blatant lie. He then accuses me of driving without proper care and attention and driving too close to him, which is again a lie, since it was him who was climbing down from the HGV in the first instance, that too as I was passing. He says he has suffered soft tissue injury, bruising and whiplash(to neck, back, left side). I am no medical expert but I cannot fathom such injuries can be caused by a car brushing past you at less than 10mph! In the claims letter it mentions that he has not taken time off from work nor attend hospital but that he sought medical attention. He also has not undergone any physiotherapy or rehabilitation. He also did not deem it necessary to report this to the police. My choices are that I speak to the parking attendant (as a potential witness) and try and get hold of any CCTV footage to dispute his allegations. I will then call my insurance company and tell them I strongly suspect this is a fraudulent personal injury claim. Why did it take him four weeks to file for personal injury claim in the first place, I suspect something fishy here. Hoping for advice from forum gurus.
  4. I was involved in an incident (I would not term it an "accident") last month. As I was driving into the company car park, there was this HGV parked to my left. I stopped and then started slowly, and as I was passing the HGV, this guy climbs down from the passenger side of the HGV and lands on the passenger wing mirror of my car. I go forward and stop as I see him waving in my rear-view mirror. There is a parking attendant who informs me that the chap behind is yelling that I ran over him. I then park my vehicle and ask him if he is alright. He says he has hurt his back and leg, which I could scarcely believe as I was doing as little as 5-7 mph. He then goes away muttering "you don't get run over by a car every day". I call up the police the same day informing them of this incident. The officer asked me if there was any damage to my vehicle to which I replied there wasn't any. She says there is nothing the police can do as there was no damage to my vehicle and hence technically she cannot make a note of this. This morning, I get a letter this morning from his solicitor for a personal injury claim. This has left me dumbfounded. OP claims he was fixing something on the side of his HGV, which he clearly wasn't. He then goes onto say that my wing mirror hit him with such force that my wing mirror came off, which is a blatant lie. He then accuses me of driving without proper care and attention and driving too close to him, which is again a lie, since it was him who was climbing down from the HGV in the first instance, that too as I was passing. He says he has suffered soft tissue injury, bruising and whiplash(to neck, back, left side). I am no medical expert but I cannot fathom such injuries can be caused by a car brushing past you at less than 10mph! In the claims letter it mentions that he has not taken time off from work nor attend hospital but that he sought medical attention. He also has not undergone any physiotherapy or rehabilitation. He also did not deem it necessary to report this to the police. My choices are that I speak to the parking attendant (as a potential witness) and try and get hold of any CCTV footage to dispute his allegations. I will then call my insurance company and tell them I strongly suspect this is a fraudulent personal injury claim. Why did it take him four weeks to file for personal injury claim in the first place, I suspect something fishy here. Hoping for advice from forum gurus.
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