I wouldn't give it any pretense. If he doesn't provide it, the Motor Insurers' Bureau will provide it online for £3, then reclaim the cost as part of the claim..........
Right now, if you don't already have it, I'd be asking him for his insurance details. If you like, pretend it's just as a fallback in case he doesn't cough but I'd get straight onto them with a claim. ............
That free service assumes the involvement of two motor vehicles as it asks for your reg number as well as the other party's. Even if he has a vehicle whose reg number he can use, that will flag on his own insurance as a reportable collision with his vehicle when there wasn't one."Roadside" service available from AskMid. Link in the Accident Advice thread, near the bottom.
£4.50 for the paid one off enquiry. £2.60 when they started it.That free service assumes the involvement of two motor vehicles as it asks for your reg number as well as the other party's. Even if he has a vehicle whose reg number he can use, that will flag on his own insurance as a reportable collision with his vehicle when there wasn't one.
I think I'd stick to the paid service for simplicity.
Apart from your last sentence that is rubbish.I have watched and rewatched that video multiple times now and I am sorry to say I am still uncertain on where the blame lies! I think you might have trouble making your claim stick if you go down the insurance claim route, the video 'evidence' does you no favours.
The road/lane you are traveling along is narrow (hence no centre markings) and there is a big SLOW sign painted in the road just before the junction where the collision occured. Despite this, unless it is a trick of the camera, you appear to be travelling at a fair lick and don't seem to slow down at all even when you reach the busy junction. You then proceed to aim for a gap that is much narrower than a car width without considering the vehicles intended actions and without slowing to check if you are actually seen by the driver and it is safe for you to proceed.
The incident is at best 50:50. The driver is in an awkward situation, it is a sharp turn and it is simply not possible to look into the road he is entering (i.e watching where he is going) and simultaneously watch for oncoming traffic approaching at excessive speed. Their driving does not look negligent or hasty. I'm not surprised the driver suggested you approached too fast.
Having said all that, the developments since the collision are making alarm bells ring, so if you intend to pursue your claim I would suggest you do so via the official route because I suspect any attempt to settle privately, off the record, will end in frustration!
But the DVLA seems to show it as having been sold recently. There's that bit about the VED not passing over with the vehicle.Askmid shows that at least someone has the car insured.
Regarding ball the replies I took this approach. Despite being a seasoned misanthrope I have him the benefit of the doubt; it may or may not work out.My opinion would be all about his attitude, we all have the capacity to make mistakes, it could well be he just was looking more to the right where he was going rather than ahead where you came from (not excusing him). But if he does make a genuine apology & offer, seems contrite then I would think I would go ahead without involving insurance, but make him clearly aware that the costs could well be substantial & insurance might be a better route.
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