When SMIDSY is just not good enough

Accident Locus for Mrs H

Ms H was involved in a motorcycle accident on 10th March 2013.

At the time, she was under instruction and was keen to pass her test and take to the roads.

Here's what happened….

She was travelling on Reiket Lane heading north towards the A96. She was about to pass a stationery parked vehicle when a car shot out from a side junction on her right and hit her.

The car made no attempt to slow down or stop at the junction, which had a “give way” sign.

The driver was a young female and she immediately admitted she hadn’t seen Ms H even though she was wearing a high viz waistcoat and had her motorcycle headlights on.

At the time of the collision, it was cold but the road was dry and visibility was good.

Ms H was taken from the scene of the accident to Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin. She sustained significant injury to her neck, back, right arm, right leg and right hip.

The driver’s insurance company admitted liability and at our insistence provided private rehabilitation to assist recovery. Even with access to specialist medical practitioners, Ms H’s recovery was slow but progressive.
An offer was put forward to settle the case but it was far too low and so proceedings were raised in the Court of Session.

Less than four months after raising proceedings, the driver’s insurance company finally came to their senses and and an out of Court settlement was achieved on good terms with an extra £10,000 being added to the first offer!

Ms H had this to say:

“I received your letter today along with the cheque. I would like to thank you for all your guidance and support during this period of time. It is going to take a while for me to recover but I am glad this part has been sorted and settled.”

A momentary lapse in concentration has led to this motorcyclist sustaining life changing injuries.

It's all very well to say SMIDSY (Sorry Mate I Didn't See You) after the event, but do we take enough time to consider what it's like for those who will have to live with pain for years? Ms H shared a passion for motorcycling with her husband and it was her life-long ambition to ride bikes but she won’t be doing that now and all because a car driver failed to see her. It happens all too often. At junctions, think biker.

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