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May I ask what is this in relation to please?
My daughter called the police at the time of the accident, who quiet frankly were not interested. After completing a T2 form, they said that there was not enough evidence to prosecute the other driver. If anybody was to blame it was possibly was my Daughter as she had crossed the path of an oncoming vehicle. In both my daughter's statement and the other drivers, it has been established that there was approximately 160ft between her and the oncoming car when my daughter was making the turn, and about 150 ft in the other drivers statement when the other driver saw her about to make the turn. My daughter thought this was a 'safe' enough distance between her and the oncoming vehicle for her to make her turn. She did this without incident. The road that she turned into had a row of parked cars on the left, and she had to make the turn into the right hand side of the road in order to overtake these parked cars. The other driver sped up, and turned into the same road as her. He tried to undertake her before she reached the parked cars. In doing so he collided with the nearside of her vehicle, shunting her sideways onto the kerb. The impact shattered her passenger window. After colliding with her vehicle, he then went on to collide with two of the parked cars that were on the left hand side of the road. He is now claiming that my daughter turned across his path and the accident occurred at the junction, and not 22meters into the road in which she turned. I am trying to establish what is considered a safe enough distance to turn when turning right in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
I can say that there is no definitive answer. The law requires that a driver drives to a reasonable and prudent standard
Therefore there is no specific number as to what is and what is not a safe distance.
If this goes through insurance and goes to Court a Judge will consider using all the evidence available who is at fault.
A Judge may find for or against a party or split liability ie 50/50
But there is no hard and fast rule
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