I was on my MT09 waiting at a roundabout when some old woman rolled into the rear of me in her Vauxhall Viva. Yes a Vauxhall Viva!
She was of a vintage that she may have bought it new in the 1960s! I wobbled, lost my balance and got to the dreaded point of no return so I had to lay the bike down. However, my R&G crash bungs saved the day! Hooray!
The woman stopped and we swapped details but in all honesty both me and the bike were okay. I thought no more about it for a couple of weeks. Then the calls and texts started saying there was compensation waiting for me and I needed to act fast. While I know I am not hurt and the bike is okay, should I claim? Is there money waiting for me? It seems wrong but I could do with the money to pay off the post-Christmas debt.
To use language that can be printed, some unscrupulous scumbag has passed or sold your details on to a company who reckons they can help you. It makes my blood boil that people’s private information is not treated properly. I repeat scumbags.
The company is lying. There is no compensation waiting for you because you have suffered no injuries or loss. Whoever has passed or sold your details has likely committed a criminal offence and if caught could end up in court. As an example, an ex-Aviva employee was recently sentenced in Manchester Crown Court on December 3 for passing on thousands of customers’ details. I hope the Old Bill catch more scumbags as having an accident is bad enough let alone being plagued night and day by leaches trying to piggyback off it.
Andrew ‘Chef’ Prendergast
Motorcycle Monthly February 2016
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Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a ZZR1400 as his daily commuter whether it is sunny or snowing. In addition, he is currently restoring an old Honda CB750 K1. Andrew practices across all areas of motorcycle law, with his practice involving both civil claims and motoring defence work.