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No a vehicle turned in front of me and in trying to avoid it I attempted to overtake on the left of the road (the vehicle turned in front of me from the right). As a result I caught the verge of the road and the vehicle rolled ending in the opposing lane. As a result I spent nearly 3 months in hospital with severe injuries and have a permanently reduced quality of life as I can no longer run as result of lack of balance and co-ordination (I was very active sport wise). As mentioned it was a brand new vehicle and if possible would like to pursue a claim against the manufacturer of the vehicle due to the safety features not working. I have approached attorney's regarding assistance with a RAF claim but would like to pursue the matter further.
Yes I would as the gentleman involved was unemployed at the time and considering everyone on scene did not believe I would survive I believe he supplied the police with a false witness statement. One of the things he mentioned in his statement is that he was waiting for oncoming traffic before he turned yet my vehicle ended up in the opposing lane. And there are NO other witness statements. Surely considering I ended in the opposing lane I would of hit the oncoming traffic at the very least but yet no "oncoming" traffic was available for statements at the scene.
At this point no I have just received an email from the attorney's I approached saying they are unable to assist me.
The assistance from them was only for the RAF claim they don't deal with any other legal actions. The answer supplied was that from their perspective the merits are against me.
Who could I approach that would then handle the RAF claim and the civil claim against the manufacturer on a contingency basis? Any names of firms would be of great assistance.