Andrew Ritchie QC wins a case against the MIB based on significant changes in the Road Traffic Act 1988 providing hope for members of the public



A Claimant applied to the MIB for compensation under the Untraced Drivers Agreement 2003 when was seriously injured by an earthmover when driving along the A120 in February 2012.

The accident happened as a result of the earthmover driving slowly and with no rear lights. The claimant swerved to avoid the vehicle and lost control of the car going off the road and suffering serious injuries.

The MIB, for decades, have been denying and rejecting claims by innocent victims run down or injured by drivers of “off-road” vehicles on the basis that such vehicles do not need insurance when driven on public roads.

By judgment of Bryan J, found on the case report here makes it clear that off-road vehicles do need insurance when being driven on roads or in other public places.

Andrew Ritchie QC acted for the Claimant and was instructed by Slater and Gordon.

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