This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

Lorry Driver Injured In Fatal Collision Left With PTSD

LONDON, June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

A lorry driver who developed post-traumatic stress disorder after being involved in a fatal collision has received £220,000 in an out of court settlement for his fatal accident claim.

The man, who was working as a fuel tanker driver at the time, was so badly affected by the incident that he suffered flashbacks and even suicidal thoughts, leading to a problem with alcohol which left him unable to return to work.

"My client had been a driver for a number of years, but this incident left him in such a poor state of mental health that it was impossible for him to get back behind the wheel," said James Easson, a serious and fatal incident specialist with Fentons Personal Injury Solicitors LLP.

"He was driving his tanker rig as normal when the driver of another vehicle, travelling in the opposite direction, appeared to lose control on a bend and veered straight into my client's path," he said. "There was no way for him to avoid a collision, and the two vehicles crashed head-on."

James said that when his client recovered from the shock of the initial impact, he was worried that one or both of the vehicles might catch fire. "He went back into his cab to grab the fire extinguisher and ran around his vehicle to check it was not on fire, which thankfully it was not. He placed hazard warning signs around his lorry to warn other traffic there had been an accident, and then went over to the vehicle which had crashed into him. He was devastated to see the other driver had been killed as a result of the impact."

James said that when emergency services arrived, his client was strapped to a special spinal board and taken to hospital by ambulance where he was kept for two days. "He received treatment for various injuries including pain in his neck, shoulder and lower back," he said, "as well as chest pains, internal bruising, numbness and pins and needles in both his arms and hands, severe headaches and dizziness.

1 of 3

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,265.99 +109.14 0.64%
S&P 500 2,011.36 +9.79 0.49%
NASDAQ 4,593.4250 +31.2360 0.68%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs