Examples of case law involving undertaking

Should you choose to make headway through the traffic by undertaking or filtering on the inside of the stationary or slow-moving traffic and then become involved in a collision with another vehicle, the consequences of your manoeuvre can have a serious impact on your claim.

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Some examples of case law* involving undertaking are:
*Please remember that no two cases are exactly the same, each case is unique and is based on it’s own set of circumstances and available evidence.

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Brooks v Burgess 1996


Summary

A car driver crossed a junction in front of a stationary coach into the path of a motorcycle which was undertaking the coach at a speed of 20mph.

Decision

At first instance liability was apportioned 80/20 against the car driver as he was emerging from a minor road into a major road. On appeal, liability was apportioned 50/50.

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Fagan v Jeffers 2005


Summary

The Defendant had attempted to turn right into a side street from a busy main road. He had to cross two lanes of oncoming traffic which was at a standstill, but there was a gap in the road made by the "Keep Clear" markings. As the Defendant turned right, he struck the oncoming Claimant, who was on a motorcycle and riding on the inside of the two lanes of stationary traffic.

Decision

The Court held that both parties were to blame and apportioned liability at 50/50, based on the fact that the Defendant had failed to exercise sufficient caution, since there was still ample room for a two wheeled vehicle to pass between the nearside vehicle and the kerb. The Judge equally found the Claimant to blame, as he should have been aware that there was a risk that traffic may be turning through the gap created by the "keep clear" zone.