Pothole in the Road causes Fatal Bike Accident

Case Studies

03/10/2017

Pothole in the Road causes Fatal Bike Accident

Hayley Briers successfully pursued a claim on behalf of the family of an 18-year-old who sadly lost his life after hitting a pothole in the road and losing control of his bike.

The family were initially provided with assistance in preparing for the inquest and Hayley arranged for a Barrister to appear for them at the hearing.

As the victim was 18 when the accident occurred, the family were unable to recover standard bereavement damages of £12,980 payable under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 as that only applies if the deceased is a minor.

Therefore, Hayley pursued a claim for damages against the local council, who were denying they had been negligent in allowing the pothole to be present in the road.

And following the issuing of court proceedings against the local authority, the case was settled with funeral costs and the value of the victim’s bike being recovered from the defendant.

Fatal accident claims are always difficult and emotional for all involved. However, clients pursuing these claims through Sorrymate can be assured that as bikers we understand the difficulties faced with being a motorcyclist on the road and are best placed to fight their corner.

If you have been involved in an accident caused by a pothole in the road and wish to make a claim then give us a call or submit a form by clicking here.

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