Road accidents occur in seconds but have consequences that often last a lifetime. This was true in the case of a young woman, who was struck down by a hit-and-run motorist. She later received a seven-figure compensation following court proceedings.
A few days before Christmas, the woman, aged in her 30s, was crossing the road at night when the car hit her. The driver did not stop and abandoned his car in a nearby street. He was, however, swiftly arrested. It was later established that he had cocaine and alcohol in his system at the time of the collision.
The woman suffered severe head injuries and was left paralysed down one side of her body. She usually needs a wheelchair when outside. The driver denied that he was to blame for the accident, insisting that he was going at a reasonable speed and that she had stepped out into his path.
After proceedings were launched on her behalf, however, the driver’s insurers agreed to a £2 million settlement of her claim. In approving the compromise, the High Court noted that it avoided the need for a contested trial and represented a realistic view of litigation risks.
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident, you may be entitled to compensation. We can offer advice regarding personal injuries and accident claims. For more information, please contact Healys LLP on 0800 2800432 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.