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Out of time actor loses road accident claim

A 40-year-old man who used to be among Britain's leading stage actors has lost his road accident claim against the government.

In 1995 the actor was left in a coma with brain damage, spinal injuries, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after being knocked off his motorcycle in Elephant and Castle, London, in a hit-and-run accident. The motorist who hit him has never been traced.

The man had already been awarded car accident compensation of £585,000 by the Motor Insurers Bureau (MBI) for the personal injuries he suffered. The MBI is a body which acts in cases involving uninsured or untraceable drivers.

This road accident claim at London's High Court was based on the actor's belief that he would have received an extra £605,000 in car accident compensation if the European Directive on car insurance had been fully implemented into British law. He also sought an extra £350,000 in interest and legal costs.

The judge hearing the case ruled that the road accident claim should be dismissed because it fell outside of the legal time limit. He said that the clock had started ticking on the claim on the date of the accident, rather than on the date of the initial compensation award.

If the man still wishes to pursue his road accident claim for compensation he must apply to the Court of Appeal.



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