June 14, 2013
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
, a serious and fatal incident specialist with Fentons
Personal Injury Solicitors
"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.