A work compensation claim has been settled at the High Court in London after lawyers sorted out issues of liability for the accident at work that happened during a driving lesson.
The victim was an experienced instructor, who was teaching a trainee lorry driver – Corinne Radburn – how to drive a light lorry at Crick lorry park, just outside of Rugby.
Assessing emergency stops was part of the lesson, so the 48-year-old instructed his pupil to drive through a pair of cones at 20mph whilst he assessed her ability to stop quickly without deviating off course.
He positioned himself 15 metres in front of the lorry to do this, something that judge Sir Christopher Holland said represented "some misconceived faith" in Ms Radburn's ability, as her foot got caught under the break pedal and drove into the instructor, crushing him against a trailer he was standing in front of.
Because of his misplaced faith and the risk taken by having someone drive at him, the High Court decided that the victim had contributed in some way to the accident, which saw the £250,000 work compensation claim reduced by 30 per cent to £180,000, which will go to the instructor's widow and two children, and will be paid by Ms Radburn and the victim's employers, Sterling Training Services, the trading name of Auto Search (Essex) Ltd.
Driving instructors can face many dangers due to the variables involved in their jobs – such as the ability of their pupil and the actions of other road users – so it is not uncommon for them to make compensation claims for accidents at work.
One such instructor was Mr Dillon, who came to Camps Solicitors after he suffered soft tissue injuries to his neck and lower back after having his car driven into by another motorist whilst he was teaching a pupil. He received £2,400 in accident at work compensation after the "excellent service" he received from Camps.
Soft tissue damage to the neck is also known as whiplash, and can affect anyone who is subjected to a sudden forwards or backwards movement to the head and neck, which can stretch or tear ligaments, resulting in a very painful condition that can last for more than six months.
Whiplash can happen whilst in a car, but can also occur whilst playing sports or travelling on a fast-moving ride like a roller coaster.