Brave mum stops runaway car told injuries are her fault

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Digby Brown’s personal injury lawyers acted for a mother who was injured when she attempted to stop a runaway car after her insurers’ lawyers advised she had no case.

Mrs M. was driving when she had to swerve to avoid a car after it tried to pull out in front of her. She soon realised that the car had no driver and it had begun to roll down a hill towards a public building potentially causing many casualties.

Disaster averted as mum stops runaway car

Mrs M. bravely decided to try to stop the car before it collided with anyone and cause significant damage.

However, as she left her own car, the rolling vehicle hit her, throwing her back and trapping her leg between the two vehicles, injuring her wrist.

The good news was this collision stopped the runaway vehicle in its tracks and prevented it colliding with the public building.

Once the emergency services arrived Mrs M. was taken to hospital where it transpired that her wrist had been broken.

Insurers advise injuries are her fault

Mrs M. contacted her insurers about a personal injury claim and they put her in touch with their solicitors.

They advised that because she allowed the car to hit her she was responsible for the injuries that she incurred, despite the fact she prevented the car from potentially causing more casualties.

Help from personal injury lawyers at Digby Brown

Our personal injury lawyers were happy to act on behalf of Mrs M. after her heroic efforts and managed to persuade the insurers to accept partial liability for the car accident.

Mrs M. was offered an initial settlement which was below the true value of her personal injury claim on the basis that she was partially responsible for her injuries.

On taking the legal advice from specialist lawyers at Digby Brown, Mrs M. decided to reject the offer and pursue further compensation as she had bravely put herself in danger to prevent further casualties.

The insurers then offered her more than double the original compensation offer.

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