Airdrie passenger accident claim following third party RTA

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Our client, Mr James McHugh was injured in a third party road traffic accident during the course of his employment as an HGV driver. He was referred to Thompsons RTA solicitors through his union Unite.

The background

The accident occurred on 10th September 2019. Mr McHugh was travelling in a works vehicle being driven by a colleague. The two men were travelling back to their depot in order to deliver a skip.

The incident occurred on Sykeside Road in Airdrie, approximately 100 yards off the Paddock Street roundabout next to the Tesco Express. A third party vehicle had been driving towards the vehicle in which Mr McHugh was a passenger and having clipped the curb it span into the path of the lorry. The driver of the lorry attempted to stop the vehicle as he saw the third party vehicle lose control.

The third party vehicle struck the nearside of the lorry, then span into a brick wall at the side of the road.

Our client attempted to exit the cab of the lorry with the intent of assisting the third party driver and in doing so, he slid down the side of the lorry and injured his right knee and the right side of his body.

The consequences

As a result of the road traffic accident, Mr McHugh suffered a soft tissue injury to his right knee and right shoulder, including ligament damage. He required physiotherapy and lost out on overtime payments as a result of his car accident injuries rendering him unable to work for several days.

Our client suffered a 12-18 month soft tissue injury to his right knee and 6 months aggravation to his right shoulder.

The settlement

Liability for the road traffic accident was admitted by the third party. A personal injury claim settlement offer of £5,800 was tendered by the defender insurers prior to litigation. Our client was happy to accept the sum of passenger accident compensation for his personal injuries.

Settlement was agreed on 8th April 2021.

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