Driver whose career ended by crash receives £200,000

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Driver whose career ended by crash receives £200,000

10th February 2010

A London man whose career was ended when he suffered serious injuries in a collision has received £200,000 in an out of court settlement.

The 59-year-old from NW10, who has asked not to be named, suffered severe injuries to his hip, knee, neck and shoulder - leaving him physically unable to drive. The trauma of the incident has also left him nervous of travelling, something which was crucial to his job.

"I was driving my car behind two vehicles when I noticed they were slowing down because there was a pedestrian crossing ahead," said the victim, whose job as a sales manager involved a great deal of driving. "I slowed right down, to around five miles per hour, when I felt a massive jolt in my back."

A 16-tonne lorry had collided with the rear of the man's company car at approximately 35 mph. "The force of the impact sent my car forward, and I smashed into the vehicle in front," said the driver. "As I came to a standstill with the other car in front of me, the lorry kept moving and struck me a second time, shunting my car forwards again."

"I was in a lot of pain and straight away knew that something was badly wrong with my leg," he said. "I was in a state of shock, and couldn't believe what had just happened. It was so unexpected," he said.

The crash took place on Greenford Road, Middlesex, in February 2008. The victim was taken to Ealing Hospital to receive emergency treatment, before being transferred to Clementine Churchill Hospital for further care.

Karen Beck, a road accident injury specialist with Fentons Solicitors, represented the victim. "He sustained a posterior wall fracture of the acetabulum - an injury to the hip joint - and also suffered damaged cruciate ligaments in his right knee, bruised ribs and whiplash to the neck and shoulders," said Mrs Beck. "The shock and injury also left him suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder."

Mrs Beck said the damage to her client's pelvis and hip joint is so severe that he required an early hip replacement operation.

"The injuries he sustained mean that my client will never be able to return to his pre-accident employment as a sales manager, which involved large amounts of travelling," she said. "Not only has this incident cost him his job, but also any chance of being able to take a similar job in the future."

Mrs Beck brought a claim for compensation against the lorry driver's insurance company, and successfully negotiated a settlement of £200,000 on behalf of the victim.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims relating to road traffic accidents. If you think that you have a case or require further information, contact Fentons on 0800 019 1297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.