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A motorcyclist who suffered devastating head injuries when he collided with a plough on a country road will receive a substantial sum in compensation to assist with the lifetime of care he will need.
The man was overtaking a line of stationary traffic when he collided with the plough, which was protruding from the rear of a tractor which was turning left. He and his pillion passenger were both instantly knocked unconscious and the motorbike continued onward for another 150 yards before falling onto the grass verge.
The tractor was being driven by a teenager, who had obtained his licence a year earlier, and the solid metal plough was alleged to have extended over the road's centre white line. The motorcyclist will require care and support for the rest of his life, although he is anxious to live as independently as possible.
A personal injury claim was brought against the company that owned the tractor. Liability for the accident was in dispute, but negotiations yielded a settlement of the case. The High Court approved a compromise that involves the payment of substantial compensation, although the exact figures involved were kept confidential.