May 19, 2017
A multi-million pounds settlement of motorbike accident compensation has been approved at the High Court in favour of a brain-damaged man in his twenties.
In the summer of 2013, the young man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was riding on the A396 near his home town of Exmoor in Devon when a lorry turned out of a junction immediately in front of him. Unable to avoid a collision, the motorcyclist hit the lorry and was knocked from his bike – suffering a severe brain injury and multiple broken bones.
Although making a good recovery from his physical injuries, the nature of his brain injury means he will never be able to work again and will likely require full-time care for the rest of his life. On their son´s behalf, the man´s parents – who are now his primary carers – made a claim for motorbike accident compensation against the negligent lorry driver.
The lorry driver admitted he had been at fault for not seeing the motorcyclist, but the speed at which the man had been riding his motorbike was brought into question. Consequently, when the settlement of the claim was negotiated, it took into account the motorcyclist´s contributory negligence and was adjusted accordingly.
At the London High Court, Judge Jeremy Freedman said he considered the settlement of the motorbike accident compensation claim “excellent” in the circumstances. It consists of a £3.6 million lump sum payment followed by index-linked annual payments of £58,500, rising to £108,750 per year in 2023, and rising again to £119,625 per year from 2053.
Approving the settlement of the motorbike accident compensation claim, Judge Freedman added: “It is as good an outcome as he could have been hoped for, and provides financial security for him for the rest of his life. He has recovered remarkably well from his severe injuries but he has been left badly brain damaged and disabled as a result of the accident.”