A lorry driver who caused an accident by swerving and swaying left a man seriously injured and has now been convicted of dangerous driving. Leslie Whyte, an HGV driver, was seen swerving and swaying on the road near Appleby shortly before his lorry crashed into Jeffrey Bainbridge’s van.
Mr Bainbridge was thrown from the van, landing in a hedge. Following the accident, he was airlifted to hospital in Newcastle, where he remained for nine days. He suffered broken ribs, four fractured vertebrae in his lower back and neck, a fractured shoulder blade and a punctured and collapsed lung. He has been unable to return to work as a self-employed builder.
If you have suffered serious injuries after being struck by a dangerous driver, Accident Advice Helpline can help you to claim the compensation that you deserve. We won’t charge you any upfront legal fees either, as all of our professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win no fee* basis.
Dangerous driving is any sort of driving which puts others at risk, which could include:
- Being distracted at the wheel, for example by using a mobile phone;
- Failing to pay attention to road signs or signals;
- Driving on the wrong side of the road; or
- Driving a vehicle which isn’t roadworthy.
Driver error accounts for 90% of all road traffic accidents, so if you’ve been hurt by somebody else’s dangerous driving then we can help. We have over 15 years’ experience in the personal injury, and since 2000 we have helped hundreds of people to claim compensation after being injured in road traffic collisions. From minor injuries to more serious ones, you’re entitled to be compensated for your accident if somebody else’s dangerous driving has caused it, and that’s where we can help.
Serious trauma injuries
Road traffic accidents could lead to serious injuries, as the story above shows. The jury found 36-year-old Mr Whyte guilty of dangerous driving after discovering that he had been driving at 54 mph – four miles above the speed limit for his lorry. If you have suffered serious injuries such as head injuries, fractured vertebrae or broken bones, you could claim personal injury compensation from the driver responsible. Don’t sit around waiting and wondering whether you’re eligible to make a claim — pick up the phone and call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to see if you could claim compensation.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown