Earlier this week I hit some ice, lost control & wrote off my car.
now I really hate all those ambulance chaser adverts and people who claim for whiplash when they are fine but...
I was travelling well under the 60mph speed limit, its a wide well lit road, its a popular commuter road out of Sheffield, it hadn't been gritted, there were no ice warning signs and the weather said it was going to be sub zero the night before.
while I was being attended to by the ambulance 2 other cars spun on the same spot but came away unscathed as they had the blue flashing lights to warn them and both the police and ambulance crews said they felt their vans go on the ice as they came down. unfortunatly I didn't get their details as I was being checked over. an hour and a half after I crashed (around 8am) the gritter made its way down the road buy which time most of the local radio stations had been advising people to divert so the cynical side of me thinks the council may have been alerted to the fact and decided to do something. and in a strange ironic twist, the wall that eventually stopped my car belongs to the council and boarders one of their gritting depots AND they have put in a claim to my insurance to get it fixed.
question is, do I put in a claim against the council? I'm not bothered for making a profit out of them but also kind of think that they should have gritted the road which would have most likely meant I wouldn't have crashed or maybe only dinged the car not written it off. I'm out of pocket on my car, insurance, smashed glasses and phone plus now i'm paying £90 a week for the train / tram / bus to get to work. thankfully other than bruised ribs i'm fine.
friends and family are pretty much equally split between "chalk it up to experience" and "sue the buggers"
what do you guys think?