We’ve probably all seen evidence of diesel spills on Hampshire’s roads, usually caused by over filled diesel tanks or drivers not securing their filler cap properly.
Most often the spills are seen on roundabouts when the diesel is most likely to move in the offending vehicle’s fuel tank, as it negotiates the roundabout.
If you come across such a spill when you’re traveling in a car, it really doesn’t affect you too much, but on a motorbike, the sudden loss of grip when the ‘bike is leaning over, can be disastrous.
Many motorcyclists are injured or killed every year in such circumstances. In the winter, with wet roads, the combination of water and slippery diesel is even more dangerous. Of course the vehicle which spilled the diesel is long gone by the time of the accident.
If you have been the victim of such an accident, caused by a diesel spill and you have been injured, all is not lost.
Motor Insurers Bureau Untraced Drivers Agreement
Under the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) Untraced Drivers Agreement, victims of such accidents can in most cases claim compensation for their personal injury. Obviously, as with all personal injury claims, the MIB will require evidence that the spill caused the accident and that you were injured as a result.
If you find yourself sitting in the middle of the road with your ‘bike disappearing towards the kerb on its side, remember that you are going to need to prove that this accident was all caused by the spilled diesel.
If you leave it a few days before you think about taking photographs, the diesel will be gone. Gather as much evidence as you can at the time, in the form of photographs and the names and contact details of supportive witnesses.
Often the MIB will only consider dealing with a claim if the Police have been involved at the accident scene and actually comment on the state of the road surface in an accident report. Alternatively they will usually accept evidence that the local Council have been informed and have sent their operatives to spread absorbent material over the diesel spill.
If you have been injured as a result of an accident involving a diesel spill on the roads of Hampshire or anywhere on the South coast, you should contact a solicitor for advice as to how to bring a personal injury claim under the MIB Untraced Drivers Agreement.