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Woman who leapt from car gets reduced car accident compensation

A woman claiming car accident compensation after receiving severe personal injuries in a 2005 car accident has had her potential compensation amount slashed by London's High Court.

The woman from Chester-le-Street, who was 40 at the time of the accident, was being driven home from a party close to midnight on Boxing Day. She fell from the moving vehicle and was subsequently run over by the car which had been travelling behind.

The car accident victim sued the driver's insurers for her multiple injuries which included brain damage, skull fractures, plus facial and shoulder injuries.

However, it was claimed in court that the woman had been intoxicated at the time of the car accident and deliberately jumped from the car.

The defence maintained that the woman's most severe injuries were caused by the self-inflicted fall from the moving vehicle.

A car accident compensation settlement was agreed whereby the injured woman will receive 30 per cent damages for her orthopaedic and other serious physical injuries not caused as a direct result of the fall from the car. It is likely that 100 per cent compensation would have amounted to several million pounds.

The insurers did not admit liability. The final sum of car accident compensation to be paid has yet to be decided.



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