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Women Drivers

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Women Drivers

You’ve heard them bragging haven’t you?

They’ve been driving all their lives and, of course, have NEVER…

  1. Had an accident
  2. Been caught speeding
  3. Received a parking ticket

Like most women, I fail on all three, the most common being road traffic accidents.

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I can’t even count on one hand how many road traffic accidents I’ve had. To get anywhere near the total amount I have to use both hands, excluding my thumbs mind-you.

Not all my fault I must say. My other half doesn’t believe me – just like every other husband and boyfriend on this planet. Well, you know what they say ‘That’s men for you…’

Accident number one happened not long after I passed my driving test. I just finished rugby training and jumped into the car as I made my way home. I pulled out and signalled to turn right when I was hit by an oncoming car.  I should have given way but I didn’t see the car.  Why? You ask. The car came hurtling round the bend at such a speed I didn’t even see it.  Anyway, I settled for a ‘careless driving’ conviction.

By the time of accident number two I had taken advanced driving lessons and passed the test.  Even having accomplished such a thing, I still managed to reverse off my drive into a parked car.  Well, it wasn’t my entire fault, it was dark. Whose car was it? As a law abiding citizen, I had to own up. The owner of the dented car was a friend of ours and he was in our house!

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So, unlike the previous accidents, I can confidently say accidents three and four were definitely NOT my fault. Accident three was exactly the same as accident four. As I was approaching an island I hesitated giving way to traffic on my right.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to predict what happened next. As I hesitantly approached the island I was hit from behind. They must have thought I was going to proceed onto the island but didn’t predict my hesitance.  Needless to say, the Hubby agrees with the other drivers – I should not have hesitated!

Accident number five was definitely not my fault. Once again I was approaching an island. I wanted to go straight on which would take me towards Wolverhampton Town Centre. Like you do, I kept in the middle lane which was clearly marked ‘straight-on’.  A motorcyclist who wanted to go left was in the right lane. He thought I was going left in the near lane and he’d go left in the outside lane.  You can imagine how it happened, but why was he in the right hand lane wanting to turn left? I rang the ambulance while the motorcyclist lay there in agony. I felt helpless but I knew I had to make it clear to the police/insurers what exactly happened so that I wouldn’t get the blame for an accident which wasn’t my fault. When the ambulance arrived they took him to hospital where, unfortunately, he was treated for broken bones.

Accident number six (and for all you insurance companies out there) – it was not within the last five years!  I was in slow moving traffic and let a car into a space in front of me who joined the traffic from a road to my right.  As soon as he merged to the front of me he decided to slam his brakes on. My insurers insisted that this accident was my fault because I ended up crashing into the back of his car.

So, as well as trying to get the best compensation for you following your road traffic accident in Birmingham or elsewhere, I can empathise with you.  Fortunately, it was only with the first accident that I suffered minor injuries. My accidents have taken their toll and as any member of my family can tell you, I am a nervous passenger and have an imaginary brake in the foot well of the front passenger seat which I use often. (I can say that I have never claimed and anyone who has ever made a claim against me has never used Personal Injury Pal or any other firm which I have worked for).

Joking aside, what we have tried to do at Personal Injury Pal is to give you step-by-step advice on what to do in the event of an accident.  If you follow the advice you will gather important evidence at an early stage which will assist if you make an accident claim.  I know, more than many, that it is stressful at the scene of an accident, but if you do get chance then take a look at our website and click on Free Advice.  You will receive step-by-step advice such as, ‘take photographs of the other car’s damage and registration plate, etc’.  When you are in a panic, it is easy to forget the simplest of things and the Free Advice will act as a reminder.

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Just for all of you who are worried about bumping into me on the road. I have chosen to no longer drive and take the arguably safer option of trains and walking.