July 24, 2015
Two families from West Lancashire have initiated claims for ski holiday coach crash injuries after experiencing a near-fatal accident in France.
On 4th January 2015, the Hannah family from Ormskirk and their friends – the Rothwell-Bowness family from Aughton – had just completed their holiday in the ski resort of La Rosière in south-east France and were on a coach transfer to Chambéry Airport to catch their flight home.
Suddenly, the coach on which they were passengers left the road, overturned and came to rest against guard rails preventing a fall into a deep ravine. French police are still investigating the cause of the accident, but driver error is suspected.
Of the thirty-two British tourists travelling in the coach Katie and Gary Hannah, and Sarah Rothwell-Bowness seem to have suffered the most severe injuries. Fortunately the children travelling in the party escaped with minor bruising and a few cuts and grazes.
Katie Hannah (40) suffered terrible injuries to her right arm. Still to undergo surgery to remove fragments of glass that are embedded in her arm, Katie has significant physical scarring which is likely to remain with her for the rest of her life.
Gary Hannah (44) is still undergoing treatment for nerve damage to his right shoulder and it is not yet known whether or not he will regain the full movement of his right arm. Sarah Rothwell-Bowness (42) suffered extensive injuries to right forearm and has been told that she might never regain the full use of her right hand.
After seeking legal advice, the two families have initiated claims for ski holiday coach crash injuries against the tour operator through whom the skiing vacation was booked – Esprit Holidays of Godalming in Surrey. If driver error is confirmed, it is likely that the claims will be successful.
Speaking with her local press about the claims for ski holiday coach crash injuries, Sarah said: We had a great trip in France but the day of the crash has to be one of the worst of my life. We all simply want to know what happened and what can be done to ensure it doesn’t happen again. The last few months have been the most difficult time of my life and I would not want anyone to have to face what I’ve been through.”