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What to do if you collide with an uninsured driver

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By SheldonDavidsonSolicitors

Recently uncovered information has suggested that there are still many people driving on UK roads without insurance.

Through a Freedom of Information request to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), motoring magazine Auto Express discovered that around 10,000 drivers are banned every year for not being properly insured.

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), there are over 225,000 drivers in the country who have points on their licence for driving without insurance.

By law, all drivers are required to have a third party insurance policy at the very least. Sadly a fraction of motorists do not adhere to this requirement, and in doing so they put other drivers at risk.

Do uninsured drivers affect the victim’s ability to claim?

When you are hit by another driver in any road traffic accident and begin the claims process, their details are checked in the Motor Insurance Database to ascertain whether or not they have a policy.

If the driver is not insured, your claim is directed towards the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). The same goes if the driver who hit you drove off without stopping and swapping details. In the latter instance, it is extremely important that you note down the vehicle’s registration, as the driver may then be traced.

The MIB is a non-profit organisation that is funded by motor insurers. As a result, claims can sometimes take longer to process, but the specialists here at Sheldon Davidson Solicitors will ensure an equally thorough and outstanding level of service.

Have you been hit by an uninsured driver?

Sheldon Davidson Solicitors, Manchester's leading firm of Personal Injury Solicitors, specialise in obtaining medical care and financial support for clients who have been innocent victims in road accidents – including those caused by uninsured drivers.

We also help clients bring a varied range of other types of personal injury claims, including slips, trips and falls claims and medical negligence claims.

To find out more about how we can start your claim, get in touch with us today by calling 0808 9000 990, or alternatively you can fill in our online claim form.