We at Lampkins have joined the campaign to appeal the decision not to award a biker who lost his leg compensation when struck by a lorry on his side of the road.
The case concerned a motorcyclist from Ely in Cambridgeshire who was riding his motorcycle around a bend when an oncoming lorry stradled the line and so came onto his side of the road. A collision caused the motorcyclist to loose his leg.
The rider accepted he was too far over to the centre of the road and this may have contributed to the accident but his argument, rejected by the Court of Appeal judges was that the lorry, that all accepted was too wide for its side of the road, should not have proceeded unless the driver knew the other side of the road was clear.
The judges thought this would impose too high a degree of care on the lorry driver so dismissed the biker’s claim for compensation.
We believe this is harsh justice for the rider and as active members of the BMF we are monitoring the situation and joining their claim for a further appeal. This is not one of our cases but affects many clients so gets our support. Of course we don’t know the full facts and the full cases report has not yet been released. The Cambridge News has further reading on the subject.