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I was involved in an accident the other driver failed to stop

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I was involved in an accident the other driver failed to stop at the scene the other driver was driving a company lorry sign written with all the company logos,the police attended the scene but did not manage to track the driver I made contact with the company who told me they could not help me as I dont have the vehicle registration and if the driver did not stop there is nothing they can do.
I have sufferd serious loss of earnings my passager has sufferd injurys can I sue the company directly is this an option as they wont help I have witnesses at the scene
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
​What are you hoping to sue for ?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Loss of earnings personal injury
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I will lose my no claims my passanger is off work injured it has cost £1000 just tgis week through loss of earnings
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Police say he was definitely at fault he was driving a 44 tone articulated lorry its possible he didnt even see me but his company is a very well known delivery company
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Thanks. The trouble with this is that you are going to have to show that the company are liable in some way or that they have vicarious liability for the actions of this driver. If he were acting as their agent then clearly they would be vicariously liable. There are two problems though here. The first is that he wasn’t acting as their agent when he had an accident and failed to stop. He went off on a frolic of his own. The second is that you don’t have the registration number so they can’t properly investigate. Although you want to sue the company they will be insured and the insurance company will take over and refuse to pay for those reasons. You could ask the company to disclose the identity of any drivers in the area at that time. They are not bound by the FOI but many private companies will oblige. Sorry but that is the reality. Can I clarify anything for you? Jo