A man who has been left paralysed as a result of a fatal car accident has won £2.25 million in compensation.
Anthony Bennett, now 26, was a passenger in a car being driven by a friend. The accident happened when the driver, who was travelling at between 60 and 70mph, tried to avoid an obstruction in the road, lost control of the car and spun into oncoming traffic. The driver was killed and Mr Bennett is now paraplegic.
Because of his disability, Mr Bennett’s life has changed beyond all recognition. He is no longer able to work as a bricklayer or enjoy an active lifestyle as he did before the accident.
Mr Bennett brought a personal injury claim against the estate of the driver of the car and an agreement was reached between the parties shortly before the case was due to be heard in the High Court. A lump sum payment of £2.25 million was agreed and there is also a possibility that Mr Bennett will receive, in addition, index-linked annual payments.
People often think that a passenger in a car that is involved in an accident where the driver is at fault cannot claim compensation, but this is not the case. As long as the injured party was not driving the vehicle, they can make a claim.