VIDEO: Dash cam footage saves driver £16,000 insurance claim after motorist jumps red light

Published 17 March 2017

Dash cam footage shows the moment a Nissan driver caused thousands of pounds worth of damage after they jumped a red light in London.

The video was used to counteract the Nissan driver's insurance submission of £16,206, including a personal injury claim, after they denied all responsibility for the crash. 

The footage shows a Ford Transit going through a green light at a junction in Sydenham, South London.
Seconds later the van was hit by a Nissan Note coming from the opposite direction, which jumped a red light at the same junction.

The footage was disclosed to the Nissan driver's insurers - and they immediately admitted full liability and withdrew their claim.



Alex Dalgleish    on 17 March 2017

Anyone else see the Audi behind that jumped the lights too? They want locking up for dangerous driving and insurance fraud.

Grumpy Green    on 17 March 2017

Not just as simple, two factors at play here - Nissan coming through on red but Transit also underway before green light! According to the Highway Code - "Do not pass through or start until GREEN shows"

Alex Dalgleish    on 17 March 2017

You're right, few seconds it was amber. Isn't there pretty decent gap anyway in different directions to stop this happening. Though if it's 5 seconds the Nissan and Audi went through on Amber to Red, hence collision?

Jack Hughes    on 22 March 2017

I don't know how much it varies nationally but around the midlands it seems fairly consistant that one set changing from red to {amber + red) happens at the same instant as the other set changing from amber to red.

So, *assuming* that timing is the same here, the lights had been on red a few seconds before the Nissan passed through!

Still, the van driver did appear to cross the stop line before the light was green. Maybe that would have resulted in a collision with the Audi behind instead...

Falkirk Bairn    on 18 March 2017

Van Driver passes a GREEN arrow - so he was passing a green light then was hit by the amber/red gambling Nissan!

Warning    on 17 March 2017

Are the traffic lights faulty? Because the Nissan going though is bad driving, but the Audi following too.

Edited by Warning on 17/03/2017 at 23:53

Jeff L    on 19 March 2017

Irrespective of the green light for the van driver, he should have been more aware. You don't just go charging through because the light is on green for you. Even though you have the right of way, common sense should tell you to still check for your own safety. From what I can see on the video, the van hit the car on the side so WHY did the van driver not brake to avoid the collision? There are too many drivers flooring the accelerator from stationary, I see it all the time. Pulling away gently and being aware of your surroundings would go a long way to reducing crashes and would use less fuel!

Jack Hughes    on 22 March 2017

You're quite right, a good driver should have been able to anticipate and react to that, preventing or reducing the impact of the accident. It doesn't absolve the Nissan driver of blame though!

hobbyist101    on 28 March 2017

The light for the Transit being at green is not conclusive proof that the light for the Nissan was at red. Many traffic lights show a green light for both directions at the same time, in which case the onus would be on the right turning car to move into the junction and wait for oncoming traffic. So the Nissan is at fault (an the Audi is just driving badly like Audi drivers do) but they haven't necessarily jumped a red light.

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