In Blumberg v Frucor Beverages Ltd & ors  NZHC 1876 the High Court (Jagose J) considered whether a not-at-fault car driver could recover the costs of hiring a replacement car whilst the collision damaged car was repaired from the at-fault driver. The dispute was really between insurers and Right2Drive (New Zealand) Ltd. R2D since 2016 has provided not-at-fault drivers with replacement cars during the period of their damaged car’s repair. R2D seeks to recover its charges from the at-fault drivers or their insurer(s). Since 2016 insurers had refused to pay R2D $4.22M, so R2D initiated the court proceedings. The Court decided that the insurers were liable for all of the R2D charges. These were mitigation expenses reasonably incurred. The driver was only required to act reasonably which he/she had done so by entering into the hire agreement with R2D to mitigate the loss of use of their car.
0 0 Grant Shand Grant Shand2018-07-30 23:13:452018-07-30 23:13:45Vehicle Hire costs recovery post accident