Driving Examiner Sues for £15,000 after Whiplash during Exam
The examiner said he recored 14 faults with Lisa Connolly's driving, culminating with her sudden braking that left him with a whiplash. Five of her faults were reported as being serious, while this one was seen as dangerous. This included a three-point turn that became a “nine-point turn”. At some point, “the candidate braked severely with her left foot”. He claims he had earlier told her not to do this but on the second occasion the car stopped.
However, the candidate braked again with her left foot and the car behind them had to take action in order to avoid an impact. Following the sudden braking, the examiner was thrown forward then back into his seat.
Because he developed a whiplash after the incident, Carmichael is suing NIG Insurance, which insured the instructor's car driven by Connolly. The contested claim is based on the fault of the candidate over the driving of the vehicle.
The woman learner said the examiner told her he had hurt his neck. “I just assumed he had hurt it because I did the emergency stop,” she confessed. In addition, she said she had suddenly braked because an ambulance was coming from behind.
“I panicked slightly and I used my left foot to brake.”| That was the only occasion she did this, she added.
The insurers deny liability and say the sum for which Mr Carmichael is suing is excessive.
Some people are just not made for driving, that's for sure, but this is no reason to make such a fuss about it...