A former police motorcyclist who worked for Warwickshire Police has been awarded £455,000 in compensation after an on-duty collision left her unable to return to work. The female police officer suffered a fractured right patella after being involved in the on-duty collision. Whilst riding on the motorway with colleagues, her bike hit debris left on the carriageway from an earlier collision. The 34-year-old officer has needed a total of eight operations over the past six years and may have to undergo two total knee replacements in future.
She has to take medication daily for pain and has been unable to carry on working in her role. The driver responsible for the collision could not be traced, so the officer applied to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau’s (MIB) Untraced Driver Scheme, which recognised her as the victim of a negligent motorist and awarded her the compensation payout. The compensation she received is reflective of her loss of earnings, as she would have gone on to work for the force well into her 50s.
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident at work or outside work, you may be able to claim, either against the other driver responsible or under the MIB scheme.
How to claim compensation
Whether you have suffered whiplash or life-changing injuries in a road traffic accident, you could claim compensation if you believe the accident was caused by another driver. If the driver in question can be traced, or if you have their contact details, a claim will normally be made against their insurance company. If the driver is uninsured or cannot be traced, don’t panic. You can still apply to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau under their Untraced Driver Scheme. They will assess whether the other driver was negligent and if they agree, you will be compensated for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings.
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Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown