21 June 2007
Injured coach driver wins £92,000 compensation
A coach driver has won compensation of £92,000 after a road accident left him with severe injuries and stress.
Jeffrey Franks, 57, of Gillingham, Kent was driving on the A64 in Yorkshire when he collided with a stationary car.
As a result he incurred severe neck injuries, and suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress, which rendered him unable to return to his job.
He told the BBC: "Since the accident I have tried to return to coach driving, but found the whole experience traumatic.
"I kept having panic attacks... and would feel unable to cope," he added.
The driver with whom Mr Franks collided died as a result of the crash.
News of the case follows the award of £2 million in compensation this week to Michael Gawler who was left wheelchair-bound after he was involved in a crash.
He was awarded the sum despite the fact that he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, in what is regarded as a landmark ruling by the House of Lords.