Road accident victim wins case with help of Youtube evidence


Simpson Millar LLP solicitors were instructed by a man who produced youtube evidence of the third party involved in a road accident. Our client went onto win his case at court.

The Claimant was driving his vehicle, with his young daughter in the passenger seat, and was executing a right turn across a dual carriageway controlled by filtered traffic lights, when the Defendant who was presumed to be proceeding through a red light, drove into the nearside of his vehicle. Significant injuries were sustained by our client and his daughter and also the Defendant and his passenger.

The police were in attendance at the scene of the accident and a report was prepared, in addition to a locus report examining whether there was any defect with the traffic lights, but neither contained any conclusive evidence in respect of liability.

The claimant discovered an entry on the popular website "" which showed the Defendant’s vehicle being driven recklessly and at great speed in the area in which the accident occurred, and the Defendant can be heard bragging on the clip about driving at speeds of up to 110mph.

When the matter went to trial in October this year the Judge accepted the Youtube clip as evidence against the Defendant, and together with the Defendant's own witness evidence and that of his passenger, the Court ruled for the Claimant and dismissed the Defendant’s claim.

Youtube evidence is increasingly present in the court room but this is a landmark case for road traffic accident law.

This article was written by Joanne Milne, Road Accident Team.

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