Excuse me if this post is all over the place, but hopefully you can understand why. Last night I was involved in an accident that could of very easily ended up being much worse. However, due to a 'complication' (remember that, I'll explain in a sec) my family and loved ones are very, very annoyed and are pushing me to sue those who they think are to blame (especially my sister and her best friend, a solicitor). I'm hoping I can get some moral advice from people who are neither protective of me or angry about what could of happened. So here's what actually happened. Last night I had my standard 2 hour AA driving lesson. I've been taking them for quite a while now and I'm close to test ready. Towards the end of the lesson I came off the dual carriageway which leads to a very large empty roundabout with great visability. I could see a single lorry on the other side of the roundabout and felt I had more than enough time to enter the roundabout without bothering the lorry (it's a huge roundabout built underneath the carriageway). I guess I was wrong. I kept speed (I think just over 20), but just as I approached the roundabout my instructor slammed the breaks causing the car behind to crash into the back of us. After the crash he asked if I was okay (dizzy with some back and shoulder pain, but okay) and then went to talk to the other driver while I looked for my glasses (they flew off my face during the crash). I got out as the other driver and passengers got back into their car and drove off. Our back end was completely wrecked but the car was still drivable. I asked if he got their details, he nodded, we got back into the car and I drove home. Remember I mentioned that 'complication'? Well it's a big one. My instructor had been drinking beers for about 45mins leading up to the crash. As we got close to my house, he rolled down his window and threw the remaining beers and empties out of the car into bushes. Once outside my house, he asked again if I was okay then got into the drivers seat and drove off. An hour or so later I get a call from my instructor. He explains that he's talked to AA and if I make a claim to them directly I'll "probably get an easy grand" and while he doesn't say it explicitly, he alludes that I shouldn't mention his drinking. I told him I'll think about it. I met my family for lunch today and as you can probably imagine, they're furious and my sister immediately (without asking) contacted her best friend who wants me to sue the hell out of the AA. So now I'm in this **** situation. If I go down that road, the entire story will come out and god knows what will happen to my instructor. We're not really friends but he's a nice enough guy with a wife and young child and he's never drunk alcohol on any other lessons before. The idea of profiting while another guy is destroyed makes me feel sick. The amount of money my sister's friend is suggesting is definitely nice, and god knows I could use it, but I don't want to be that guy. Like others, I'm the type that laughs at those 'accident helpline' adverts and criticizes Americans for being a nation of lawsuit obsessed ambulance chasers. This feels so hypocritical. Also some of this is my own fault. I could of asked my instructor to not drink. Maybe I should of stopped for that lorry. Anyway, now I'm being hounded by both my instructor who wants me to take this 'internal claim' from AA and this solicitor, who is a nice girl but obviously has her own agenda (probably sees this as an easy win). She also wants me to go to the hospital asap to get an official report. Two days ago my biggest concern was this weird whistling sound a case fan was making.