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    • PollySouthend
    • By PollySouthend 11th Sep 17, 2:17 PM
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    Policeman rear ended me at a junction and wrote off my car
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    • 11th Sep 17, 2:17 PM
    Policeman rear ended me at a junction and wrote off my car 11th Sep 17 at 2:17 PM
    He was pretty unpleasant after it happened and didn't apologize or anything.

    I had to wait a few hours for an independent police person to arrive. He said he would breathalyse us both.

    I had already had several hours driving so after the waiting around on the roadside I was happy to just get away.

    The new policeman didn't breathalyse either of us and I've received a letter that they take full responsibility. They have covered the cost of the car.

    I haven't claimed for anything else even though I had bad whiplash for a week and it's still persisting 3 weeks later.

    I think the one that wrote off my car might have been over the limit. Is there anything I can do now? Did they follow prodecure by not breathalusing us?
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    • Guest101
    • By Guest101 11th Sep 17, 2:29 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 2:29 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 2:29 PM
    It depends why the police arrived.


    It's standard protocol for police to breathalyse all involved when attending, but that's usually for injuries or road blockages.


    It sounds like this person was coming as part of the accident claim. Just fyi, as far as I'm aware you were free to leave whenever you wanted, just needed to pass on your insurance details etc.
    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 11th Sep 17, 2:32 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 2:32 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 2:32 PM
    He was pretty unpleasant after it happened and didn't apologize or anything.

    I had to wait a few hours for an independent police person to arrive. He said he would breathalyse us both.

    I had already had several hours driving so after the waiting around on the roadside I was happy to just get away.

    The new policeman didn't breathalyse either of us and I've received a letter that they take full responsibility. They have covered the cost of the car.

    I haven't claimed for anything else even though I had bad whiplash for a week and it's still persisting 3 weeks later.

    I think the one that wrote off my car might have been over the limit. Really, why?Is there anything I can do now?Not really. Did they follow prodecure by not breathalusing us?Probably breached force policy.
    Originally posted by PollySouthend
    What do you want to happen.
    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 11th Sep 17, 2:33 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 2:33 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 2:33 PM
    It depends why the police arrived.


    It's standard protocol for police to breathalyse all involved when attending, but that's usually for injuries or road blockages.


    It sounds like this person was coming as part of the accident claim. Just fyi, as far as I'm aware you were free to leave whenever you wanted, just needed to pass on your insurance details etc.
    Originally posted by Guest101

    It's for any accident they attend.
    • Quentin
    • By Quentin 11th Sep 17, 2:40 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 2:40 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 2:40 PM
    If you have injuries then you need to get your own specialist lawyer to represent you in a compensation claim
    • Aretnap
    • By Aretnap 11th Sep 17, 3:53 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 3:53 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 3:53 PM
    Whether or not he was drunk will make no difference to your claim for your written off car, or for any claim that you make for injury. It's obviously too late to breathylise him now... so what outcome are you hoping to achieve?
    • kaya
    • By kaya 11th Sep 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 4:09 PM
    you were lucky, a friend was rear ended by an unmarked police car when she changed lanes the police were doing over 100mph with no lights and sirens on, she had 3 kids in the car and all went to hospital her nose was broken and the police car was "spirited" away immediately afterwards, no one was breathalysed and the police refused to name the person driving at the time. She went to court for damages and the police lied through their back teeth about the circumstances of the accident and even tried to accuse her of careless driving!! biggest gang in the country that lot and if I were you I would be grateful they aren't trying to say you reversed into them !!!
    • tykesi
    • By tykesi 11th Sep 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 4:09 PM
    Whether or not he was drunk will make no difference to your claim for your written off car, or for any claim that you make for injury. It's obviously too late to breathylise him now... so what outcome are you hoping to achieve?
    Originally posted by Aretnap
    Compensation innit
    £2017 in 2017 - £5396.83
    • Ant555
    • By Ant555 11th Sep 17, 4:18 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 4:18 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 4:18 PM
    Compensation innit
    Originally posted by tykesi
    Yes but one thing is for sure, if it was the other way around the officer would have already been on to the special department within the force that looks after such compensation claims.

    An ex-officer friend of mine recounted a tale when hit from behind in slow moving traffic his colleague immediately said "thats the new kitchen paid for" - and it was!
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 11th Sep 17, 4:34 PM
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    Yes but one thing is for sure, if it was the other way around the officer would have already been on to the special department within the force that looks after such compensation claims.

    An ex-officer friend of mine recounted a tale when hit from behind in slow moving traffic his colleague immediately said "thats the new kitchen paid for" - and it was!
    Originally posted by Ant555
    And of course it,s only the police who make claims for injuries when rear ended
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • Enfieldian
    • By Enfieldian 11th Sep 17, 4:42 PM
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    I've received a letter that they take full responsibility. They have covered the cost of the car.
    Originally posted by PollySouthend
    Original post edited for easy reading.

    Now, what is it that you want in addition?
    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 11th Sep 17, 6:37 PM
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    Yes but one thing is for sure, if it was the other way around the officer would have already been on to the special department within the force that looks after such compensation claims.

    An ex-officer friend of mine recounted a tale when hit from behind in slow moving traffic his colleague immediately said "thats the new kitchen paid for" - and it was!
    Originally posted by Ant555
    Like !!!! would they, they'd be onto someone who knows what they're doing with it.
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 11th Sep 17, 8:42 PM
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    They have covered the cost of the car. I haven't claimed for anything else even though I had bad whiplash for a week and it's still persisting 3 weeks later.

    I think the one that wrote off my car might have been over the limit. Is there anything I can do now? Did they follow prodecure by not breathalusing us?
    Originally posted by PollySouthend
    It must have been some time ago?

    Contact 'Independent Police Complaints Commission'.

    https://www.ipcc.gov.uk/

    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 11th Sep 17, 8:53 PM
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    It must have been some time ago?

    Contact 'Independent Police Complaints Commission'.

    https://www.ipcc.gov.uk/
    Originally posted by sevenhills
    What do you suggest she complains about?
    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 11th Sep 17, 8:55 PM
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    It depends why the police arrived.


    It's standard protocol for police to breathalyse all involved when attending, but that's usually for injuries or road blockages.


    It sounds like this person was coming as part of the accident claim. Just fyi, as far as I'm aware you were free to leave whenever you wanted, just needed to pass on your insurance details etc.
    Originally posted by Guest101
    I didn't notice that the first time I read your post, I'm guessing you didn't read the title.
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 11th Sep 17, 9:00 PM
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    What do you suggest she complains about?
    Originally posted by Warwick Hunt
    Just being helpful, isnt that why we are here, she will have more info.

    • cjdavies
    • By cjdavies 11th Sep 17, 9:30 PM
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    Yes but one thing is for sure, if it was the other way around the officer would have already been on to the special department within the force that looks after such compensation claims.

    An ex-officer friend of mine recounted a tale when hit from behind in slow moving traffic his colleague immediately said "thats the new kitchen paid for" - and it was!
    Originally posted by Ant555
    Doesn't surprise me I have been rear ended, on stop queuing at a roundabout, surprised the car was not wrote off due to the boot. Anyway nothing wrong with me or my Mum (passenger), people told us to claim, why? There was nothing wrong us and it's why I don't believe most of these so called whiplash claims.
    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 11th Sep 17, 10:05 PM
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    Just being helpful, isnt that why we are here, she will have more info.
    Originally posted by sevenhills
    We'll be helpful and tell her what to complain about then.

    She can get a copy of the accident report if she requests it and pays the fee.
    • buglawton
    • By buglawton 11th Sep 17, 10:14 PM
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    This reminds me of a (marked) police car that signalled left then instead of turning left did an instant U-turn in the middle of Old Windsor high St. one fine rush-hour morning. Luckily as the driver behind them I'd backed off from this car as I felt 'dubious' about it already. Anyone with a car-cam would've captured a lovely Youtube video!
    • POPPYOSCAR
    • By POPPYOSCAR 11th Sep 17, 10:32 PM
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    Doesn't surprise me I have been rear ended, on stop queuing at a roundabout, surprised the car was not wrote off due to the boot. Anyway nothing wrong with me or my Mum (passenger), people told us to claim, why? There was nothing wrong us and it's why I don't believe most of these so called whiplash claims.
    Originally posted by cjdavies
    You were lucky.

    My husband is still in terrible neck pain years after a bus hit him from behind when he was stopped at traffic lights.

    He is having physio again for it.

    He did get compensation at the time but he would gladly not have it and be pain free.

    Our daughter was also recently in an accident with her boyfriend, when they were hit from behind and they are both suffering, him with his neck, he was looking to the right, and her with her back. They are both having physio. I only hope they do not have problems like her dad.
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