Did Road Conditions or Carelessness Cause this Collision?


A postal driver from Southampton whose vehicle was 'shunted' by another whilst stationary has been awarded compensation for personal injury.

Collision with a car

Hit From Behind When Stationary

At around 5.25pm on 12 December 2013, David Jones was stationary on a damp A337 Lymington to New Milton road when he was unexpectedly hit from behind by another vehicle.


The impact of the collision caused the 61 year-old to sustain painful whiplash and soft tissue injuries to his neck and his back.

After attending Southampton General Hospital, his injuries were deemed sufficiently serious to force Mr Jones off work for 24 days.


As part of his recovery programme, Mr Jones was referred by medics for physiotherapy.

Simpson Millar LLP's Sophie Williamson, who acted for Mr Jones following instruction from his union, the CWU, said her client had been stationary and waiting for vehicles in front to turn right when the driver 'shunted' the rear of his vehicle.

Flaws in Observation

Despite the fact that Mr Jones’s vehicle was stationary, legal proceedings were still necessary. "Since the other driver neglected to stop, slow down, steer or otherwise control his vehicle, it was virtually impossible to avoid colliding with Mr Jones's car."

Simpson Millar LLP Provided "A Very Good Service"

Following a compensation award of £3,006.74, Mr Jones praised Simpson Millar's efforts in securing a fair and fast outcome, adding that we had provided a "very good service; you dealt with my case very quickly."

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