Family of drink-driving victim in £710,000 settlement

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Family of drink-driving victim in £710,000 settlement

7th February 2013

The family of a man who was killed by a drink-driver whilst crossing a road on his way home has received £710,000 in an out of court settlement.

Joanna Bailey, a serious and fatal injury specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the man’s widow and children had been left utterly devastated following their loss more than three years ago.

“The driver of the car which killed my client’s husband that night had been drinking,” said Joanna, a partner at the firm. “In the moments before the collision, not only did the driver choose to ignore a red light, but he also accelerated to an estimated 60mph in a 40mph zone. Tragically as a result, my client’s husband - who was in his 30s and the father of two small children - didn’t stand a chance and is believed to have been killed instantly.”

The driver was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and subsequently convicted after pleading guilty to driving whilst over two and half times the legal alcohol limit. He was sentenced to more than five years’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for six years.

“This was a horribly sad incident which not only took the life of a hardworking man with excellent career prospects ahead of him but it also deprived a family of a loving husband and father,” said Joanna. “Following his death, my client - who looked after the children at home, had no income of her own and was entirely dependent upon her husband for financial support - brought a Dependency Claim against the defendant’s insurers on behalf of herself and her children.

“Whilst no amount of money can ever hope to make up for the loss of a much-loved husband and doting father, it has been a privilege to act on the family’s behalf to secure them a settlement which at the very least will ensure that they can continue trying to rebuild their lives without worrying about their financial security in the years ahead,” said Joanna.

After liability was admitted, Joanna settled the case on behalf of her client for £710,000 in January 2013, including £45,000 in interim payments, a statutory bereavement award of £11,800 and £20,000 each for the two children to be placed in Trust until a later date.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?

Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of serious road traffic collisions including fatal accident claims. Our specialist Court of Protection department is also able to help bereaved families set up Trusts with the compensation they receive.

If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.