Bus crash news
02/03/2012

Judge rules claimant 50% responsible for bus crash

A teenager who was left with life-changing injuries in a bus crash has had his road traffic accident compensation cut by a fifth.

The boy had been 16-years-old when his moped collided with a minibus in October 2007. The teenager suffered severe personal injuries to his head and spine and is now confined to a wheelchair as a result of the accident.

The injury victim launched a compensation claim against the bus owners from Great Barton for more than £2 million. The company denied liability, but was later found 70% responsible for the accident by the High Court judge. While the teenager was found 30% responsible for causing the injuries he sustained.

However, the bus firm challenged the decision at the Appeal Court where three senior judges overturned the ruling, after they decided that the moped rider was as much to blame as the bus driver.

The court heard how the boy had been riding his moped home from college along the A143 when he overtook a queue of traffic, which had stopped at traffic lights.

As the bus turned right onto the A143 it collided with the oncoming moped that was still overtaking the line of traffic.

The Appeal Court ruled that both parties were 50% liable for the crash, meaning the amount of road traffic accident compensation received by the injured moped rider will have to be reassessed.

 

 

 
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