Make a complaint about SERIOUSLY DANGEROUS DRIVING by a supermarket delivery van?!

(41 Posts)
Firstmum24 Sat 26-Mar-16 15:57:16

Just headed home from a family visit in a nearby town. Sister is driving and I am in the back next to 5month old dd.
Come to a roundabout where we stop until it is safe to pull out. At the opening to the right there is a van indicating to turn immediately left off of the roundabout.
My sister starts to pull out as there is no oncoming traffic from the right when a supermarket delivery van comes FLYING past the indicating van (who is now pulling off the roundabout) didn't even pause or slow down at the roundabout and when flying straight through. my sister had to slam on the breaks, she wasn't going too fast of course because she was just pulling out. We were all a little jarred by our seat belts because of the sudden stop though.
The speed the van was going was INSANE and its making me feel sick to think that if we had pulled out a second earlier we would of been in a serious crash, probably killed by the van.

I know these vans have very intelligent monitoring systems so although we didn't get the licence plate, the surveillance company will be able to track the van in question.

I need to calm down before i make a complaint. DD seems OK - she was whining a little earlier which is rare from her - considering taking her to OOH docs just for a wee check over.

Am I being insane? I am very shaken up by this and realise i could be totally blowing out of proportion, and i am aware that the main thing is that none was injured. Cant help thinking that that driver is a danger to themselves and others.

Spitting nails here!!!

AlbusPercival Sat 26-Mar-16 15:58:52

Definitely complain. Abd yes they will know who the driver wAS

Gisla Sat 26-Mar-16 16:01:29

So the supermarket van was already on the roundabout and you nearly pulled out in front of it?

There was no impact so taking your baby to ooh sounds a bit pfb ott.

Nishky Sat 26-Mar-16 16:02:01

Well, your sister shouldn't have pulled out if it wasn't completely clear-I don't really see that this is the fault of the vehicle already on the roundabout

Firstmum24 Sat 26-Mar-16 16:02:40

The vehicle wasn't already on the roundabout

Foxyloxy1plus1 Sat 26-Mar-16 16:03:07

Probably late for the next delivery. And I think that's part of the problem. If there are deadlines to meet, they're going to take risks. Unacceptable though.

Firstmum24 Sat 26-Mar-16 16:04:08

The vehicle over took the indicating van before IT had even pulled out to turn immediately off the roundabout and the supermarket van was going so goddamn fast (about 60mph) that it passed the indicating van and us - thats why my sister had to break so hard. of course she wouldn't pull out while there was oncoming traffic don't be so ridiculous

AyeAmarok Sat 26-Mar-16 16:05:16

If the van was already established on the roundabout then surely it had right of way and you shouldn't have pulled out into its path?

Plus there's only so fast a vehicle like that can go round a roundabout without falling over so I think you're overestimating its speed.

AyeAmarok Sat 26-Mar-16 16:05:32

If the van was already established on the roundabout then surely it had right of way and you shouldn't have pulled out into its path?

Plus there's only so fast a vehicle like that can go round a roundabout without falling over so I think you're overestimating its speed.

PerryHatter Sat 26-Mar-16 16:06:18

I took it that the supermarket van came out of the road the other van was coming from?

Definitely complain.

teeththief Sat 26-Mar-16 16:06:41

If he'd have hit you then your sister would have been liable for not giving way on a roundabout. It sounds, from your description, that he was driving too fast but I can't see how you can prove that it was him at fault and not your sister

Witchend Sat 26-Mar-16 16:06:53

The way you describe it sounds like your dsis didn't look properly. Not in a Zafira is she? There's a very thick panel you need to check round as it can hide a car behind. I had that a couple if times on roundabouts when we first got ours. I now check both sides of it each time.

If your baby's a bit off it's probably because you're stressed rather than anything else.

AyeAmarok Sat 26-Mar-16 16:07:08

Was there two lanes on the entrance to your right, one with the van and one with the supermarket van (both coming from the same direction)?

Nishky Sat 26-Mar-16 16:07:47

if it was passing a van that was turning off the roundabout then it was already on it and your sister should not have pulled out

Firstmum24 Sat 26-Mar-16 16:13:26

Perry and Aye yes it was a two laned entrance to the rounadbout he essentially overtook the indicating van who was in the left hand lane going immediately left.
teeth these vans have trackers on that are very sensitive so hopefully will provide an accurate speed
Nishky there were two vans neither of which were ON the roundabout when my sister safely pulled out. The supermarket van so was going so fast that by the time my sister had pulled out it FLEW past and straight through. The car on our left (another two land entrance to the roundabout) had to slam on their brakes too. Also can you please re read the post before commenting -the indicating van was not the one causing the problem.
Witch you are probably right about baby being off because I'm stressed, will keep an eye on her!

teeththief Sat 26-Mar-16 16:16:19

The car on our left (another two land entrance to the roundabout) had to slam on their brakes too

That could have been because your sisters car was blocking his view so he assumed it was clear when your sister started to pull out (I know you aren't supposed to do this but I know plenty of drivers do)

GreenishMe Sat 26-Mar-16 16:18:01

OP, I'd complain

Firstmum24 Sat 26-Mar-16 16:20:52

Teeth I imagine so we had a right shocked face exchange at the delivery van with the passengers in the other car. It is a large roundabout too so the delivery van didn't have a tight corner, just the camber of the road to navigate so i don't think i overestimate his speed too much. probably a bit though because i am so angry!
Nishky sorry about my rude tone i am just spitting nails here.

Bluecarrot Sat 26-Mar-16 16:25:14

I've complained three times about delivery drivers driving dangerously near us.
One overtook me as I was pulling into the driveway and the oncoming car had to slam on the breaks and swerve.
In another incident one almost backed over a child of about 8, waiting to cross the road. I screamed, and a car pulled in behind him and blasted the horn. He got out and yelled then tore off down the rd.
the third was going at least 60 down our residential street.

Def report.

WeAllHaveWings Sat 26-Mar-16 16:31:14

Your sister should not have pulled out into the roundabout without being able to see if there was any traffic coming from her right in either of the two lanes. The van turning left would have obscured her view.

I don't doubt they were going fast, but you are probably mistaken if you think the van was going 60mph around a roundabout, in these vans it would be very difficult, if not impossible to control at that speed around the bends in a roundabout. It may have looked faster as you hadn't seen it until the last second and had had a fright. If they do have trackers, there is no way the drivers would risk their jobs by speeding.

Even if the 2nd van was going at the correct speed limit for the road, he would probably have had to break when your sister pulled out as she wouldn't have built up any speed and she would have been at fault for any accident.

Complaining about your sister pulling out in front of a van coming from her right on a roundabout isn't going to go anywhere.

Nishky Sat 26-Mar-16 16:31:21

I have read the thread thank you. Still your sisters fault.

carabos Sat 26-Mar-16 16:33:02

I complained about a taxi that was being driven dangerously on a winding rural road. He went past me on a speed bump on a blind bend so fast he nearly took off, and continued to drive like that for the next couple of miles. I got the number and the council plate number.

The response to my complaint was that the vehicle had been parked at the driver's home at the time so I must have been mistaken. confused. When I replied that really, no I wasn't mistaken and had easily been able to get the details when I caught him up at the traffic lights I never heard from them again.

It wouldn't surprise me if you get fobbed off OP, but give it a try.

Jessbow Sat 26-Mar-16 16:49:33

if you didn't see the van coming, and presumably your sister didn't either because she pulled out , you cannot possibly estimate the speed he was travelling at...because you didn't see him!

Sorry, you sister WAS at fault, pulling out before she was 100% certain that nothing was approaching from her right

Firstmum24 Sat 26-Mar-16 16:57:17

taken it all on board guys.
i have requested the drivers speed. when i get that information i will do a quick dvt and see where we stand

nocabbageinmyeye Sat 26-Mar-16 16:57:29

Only you can judge od you should complain because as you can see from the mixed answers here your description is hard to judge from/picture accurately

I do think you are being pfb to take your dc to the doctor though, if your sister was only taking off and your child was properly restrained. Sounds like you got a fright and have wound yourself up a bit thinking of the what if's

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