A teacher, who was lucky to escape with her life when her car was crushed under an HGV, has settled her claim for serious injuries in a lorry accident.
In December 2014, Katie Holt (39) – an English teacher from Colchester in Essex – was driving along the A120 to her job at the Felsted Preparatory School, when she was hit from behind by a skip hire lorry. The impact of the collision forced Katie´s VW Golf under the back of an HGV lorry immediately in front of her – crushing her vehicle to such a degree that first responders did not realise that a car had been involved in the accident.
It took more than an hour to cut Katie free from her crushed vehicle; after which she was air-lifted to the Royal London Hospital where she received treatment for a fractured skull, a fractured back, a broken arm and severe facial lacerations. Katie also suffered damage to her optic nerve that has affected her vision. She also still suffers from balance problems, loss of memory and hearing loss.
The driver of the skip hire lorry – Kevin Mann (51) from Great Horkesley in Essex – was prosecuted by police for driving without due care and attention after his tachograph revealed he had not braked in time as the traffic in front of him slowed. He was given six penalty points, fined £350 and ordered to pay £550 costs by Colchester Magistrates´ Court in July 2015.
With liability established, Katie made a claim for serious injuries in a lorry accident against Mann. Once the ongoing impact of the accident on Katie´s life had been assessed, the claim was settled for an undisclosed amount. Speaking after the claim for serious injuries in a lorry accident had been resolved, Katie´s solicitor said: “We are glad to have been able to secure Katie a settlement from the skip company’s insurers that will enable her to access the rehabilitation services she needs.”
Katie has made a remarkable recovery. Despite the ongoing consequences of her accident, she has been able to return to work and, in June, gave birth to her first child. Katie still has no recollection of the accident, but told the East Anglian Daily Times: “I only hope that what happened to me will show drivers, particularly those driving large vehicles, the long-term consequences of even a slight lapse in concentration on the road.”