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Devonshire car crash caused by badly maintained roads

A driver forced to pay out road traffic accident compensation following a car crash caused by poor road conditions could be reimbursed by Devon County Council.

The accident took place in 2006 between Honiton and Smeatharpe when the driver of a Land Rover attempted to overtake another vehicle. As the car went past it went over a large pothole in the road causing the motorist to lose control and crash into a line of trees.

The two passengers who had been travelling in the vehicle suffered severe personal injuries.

One of the passengers who lost an arm and became tetraplegic has received a £3m lump sum followed by £275,000 annual payments.

The second passenger suffered brain injuries in the accident and as a result has been awarded a lump sum of £1,250,000 in compensation.

The driver of the Land Rover has paid the road traffic accident compensation but his insurers are now attempting to recover the money from the council, which has since been found guilty of a breach of duty in not properly maintaining the road.



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