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Spilt diesel results in £110k payout

Spilt diesel results in £110k payout

The family of a motorcyclist who was killed after he rode over a fuel slick have been awarded £110,000 in compensation, the Dorset Echo reports.

Richard Cooper had been riding his Yamaha in Lincolnshire in March last year when he went over the diesel spill. He subsequently lost control of his vehicle and collided with a transit van travelling towards him.

The payout is thought to be the first time that such a claim has been accepted by the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB).

Commenting on the compensation, Mr Cooper's son Richard said: "We are extremely pleased that our claim has been successful and hope that it will now open doors for other families who have lost loved ones under similar circumstances."

Diesel spills are causing an increasing number of accidents on the country's roads and they can easily be prevented, he added.

Established in 1946, the MIB compensates the victims of negligent, uninsured and untraced motorists.