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Road Traffic Accident with Bollard
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So, I hit a bollard in a petrol station car park, I literally rolled forward into it, When I got out and looked the bollard it had been snapped at the bottom due to corrosion and was leaning over slightly, but there wasn't a single mark of yellow paint from the bollard or damage on my van, so I thought that it was already damaged and went on with my day. So four months later I get a visit form the police, and they're charging me and treating it as a Road Traffic Accident. I spoke to a member of staff in the petrol station, and they said people are always hitting that bollard. How can this be classed as a Road Traffic Accident?
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Many things can have a criminal and a civil aspect... leaving the scene of an accident, dangerous driving etc all apply from a criminal perspective and then you have the civil matter of paying damages for what damage you caused
So a supermarket or petrol station car park is a public place, even though it's probably privately owned. So most provisions of the Road Traffic Act still apply, including the obligation to stop and give details if you have an accident.
On the other hand an air force base might well be publicly owned, but it's not a public place - as you'll quickly discover if you try to climb over the fence and have a look around.
Not uncommon for someone to collode
with an object, check for damage and fail to see any. Presumably there should be CCTV of you checking and not simply driving off.
Can't see the police pursuing if you have made them aware of this.
If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.