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Motorcyclist's bereaved family recover £550,000 in damages
The family of a 30-year-old motorcyclist from Hampshire who tragically died after colliding with a van which then ran over his body, has recovered £550,000 in damages in an out of court settlement.
Nick Godwin, an expert in fatal road collisions with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said his client, who was due to be married, was on his way to his job as a service manager when a van pulled out of a junction into his path.
“A motorist who witnessed the incident said the van driver hadn’t bothered to stop at the junction to check for oncoming traffic,” said Nick, an associate with the firm. “Instead, he had simply driven straight into the path of my client who despite braking, collided with the side of the van at speed and was thrown beneath its chassis.
“As my client tried to free himself from under the vehicle, the driver attempted to move his van to the other side of the junction mistakenly believing he had been hit by a car,” added Nick. “In doing so, and despite an eyewitness shouting at him to stop, he drove the back wheels of his van over my client, crushing his chest and internal organs.”
The critically injured father-of-three was taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital but sadly died later that morning as a result of his injuries.
“Following the crash, the van driver told police that he hadn’t been able to see anything through his passenger window and part of his windscreen due to condensation,” said Nick. “He also asserted that although he had been aware something had collided with the side of his van, he was unsure exactly what kind of vehicle had been involved and had presumed it was a car.
“This horribly sad incident not only took the life of a young man with a wonderfully bright future ahead of him but it also left three young children without a father, a fiancée without her future husband and a loving family without their son,” added Nick. “Although no amount of money can possibly hope to compensate their loss or replace what has been so cruelly denied them, it is hoped the settlement - which was awarded to reflect the loss of dependency to the deceased’s partner and children - will help as they try to continue with their lives.”
Liability was admitted in full. The van driver, who admitted causing death by dangerous driving, was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for two-and-a-half years.
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