31 May 2007
Compensation for passenger without seatbelt
A youth who sustained injuries in a car crash leaving him with a severe disability has won compensation of £9.5 million - a record amount for a personal injury case.
Waseem Sarwar, who was 17 at the time, picked up the injury while being driven by his friend Kamran Ali in a car he was taking on a test drive in September 2001.
Consequently Mr Ali was not insured to drive the vehicle.
While on a dual carriageway, Mr Ali claimed that he swerved to avoid an oncoming car, causing the vehicle to crash and flinging Mr Sarwar through the back window.
As a result Mr Sarwar, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, suffered head and spine injuries and is now confined to a wheelchair.
He has also had to give up studying to be an accountant and requires round the clock care.
The compensation of just under £9.5 million will be paid by the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB), although the amount is set to be reduced on account of the claimant not wearing a safety belt.
The MIB is a body that pays compensation to victims of drivers who picked up their injuries from drivers without insurance.