26 November 2008
Pillion passenger seeks accident compensation
A woman who was seriously injured while riding as a pillion passenger on her partner's motorbike has launched a legal battle to secure compensation.
Susan Clegg was left paralysed below the chest as a result of the accident, south Yorkshire publication the Star reports.
The motorbike on which she was a passenger was being driven by her partner Steve Gabbitas in the Peak District, an upland area which is located in central and northern England.
The motorbike was hit by a Mercedes which made a right-hand turn into their path. Ms Clegg suffered a fractured spine, as well as multiple internal injuries.
The 53-year-old will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life and requires help with everyday activities.
According to the Star, the insurers of the motorist involved - Ian Sirrs - admitted liability in 2006 but the two sides have been unable to reach a settlement over the amount of compensation Ms Clegg will receive.
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