Coping with the loss of her son

Mrs Smith

I would just like to thank you for all your help and support throughout. Your letters were worded with kindness and sincere feelings as if they had been written by a friend.

Mrs Smith, mother of Serious Injury victim

Mrs Smith lost her 17-year-old son in an horrific motorbike accident in August 2010. Her son was riding his motorbike, when another motorbike rider – approaching from the opposite direction – attempted to overtake another vehicle. In doing so, he crossed over onto Mrs Smith’s son’s side of the road, resulting in a head-on collision. Both bikes exploded, killing both riders.

Following this dreadful accident, a full police investigation was launched to determine the cause. If it hadn’t been for some independent witnesses, no one would probably have known the true nature of what happened.

During the Coroner’s inquest, the driver of the vehicle being overtaken described how she was travelling along the road and clearly saw the young Mr Smith heading towards her car at a safe speed. Then she heard the Defendant’s motorbike revving up behind to overtake her. Her immediate thought was “Jesus, I hope they’ve seen each other”. They didn’t. The result was fatal.

The forensics officer was able to determine that the Defendant was travelling faster than he should have been based on where the debris of both bikes ended up in the road. The Defendant would have been able to see the oncoming motorbike quite clearly but still chose to overtake the car. Mrs Smith’s son, however, was a more inexperienced rider, and indeed was still on his L-plates.

The Coroner ruled that the Defendant did not identify the warnings and therefore unlawfully killed Mr Smith. We then pursued the Defendant’s insurers for bereavement damages, damaged property and funeral expenses. The insurance company later admitted full liability for their deceased client.

If you or your loved one has suffered a serious injury, then please don’t hesitate to call us now on 03300 080 321 to talk to someone who’ll understand what you’re going through. Or alternatively, you can fill out a form here.
Tom Ponsonby

Tom Ponsonby

Case Solicitor

Tom joined Fletchers in 2000 and is a member of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers). He dedicates himself to dealing with large value personal injury cases and specialises in fatal accident cases. Tom has dedicated his career to supporting people who have suffered life changing injuries including traumatic brain injuries and the bereaved.The legal process can be complex and at times dehumanising; because of this, Tom always tries to make sure his customers are represented as people.

Key Case Details

Fatal accident case
Recovery of losses to the deceased’s estate and bereavement damages for the loss of her child

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