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Out-of-Court Settlement Reached in Fatal Motorcycle Accident Case

The family of an 18 year old Wigan man who died in a motorcycle accident have agreed an out-of-court settlement with the insurers of the other driver, who was also tragically killed in the accident.

Ryan Smith, of Derby Road, Golborne, suffered catastrophic head and abdomen injuries when in collision with his friend Miss Leah Davies’s motorcycle at the junction of Fourmarts Road and Hillridge Road on Martland Mill Industrial Estate, Wigan on the 29th July 2012. 

Mr Smith’s family have suffered from horrific abuse and allegations via social media but have always maintained that Ryan was not responsible for the collision. 

Ryan’s mother, Rosemary Smith, 51, said “Ryan was initially accused through social media of doing a ‘100mph wheelie’. I always knew he wouldn’t have done this. He had been riding motorbikes since he was 3 years of age and I’d never seen him ride recklessly. He would never put other road users at risk. He was a sensible rider. I am glad that Greater Manchester Police’s Forensic Accident Reconstruction Report concluded, and that the police investigator testified at his Inquest, that Ryan’s speed was much lower and that there was no corroborated evidence that he was ever pulling a wheelie. 

As a family we are glad that the third party representatives have accepted that our civil court claim had strong merits by agreeing to this out-of-court settlement. We would now like to bring closure to what has been a very difficult and distressing 2½ years. May Ryan and Leah now be allowed to rest in peace.” 

Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Lawyer Martyn Hughes, representing Mr Smith’s family, welcomed the out-of-court settlement saying, Mrs Smith and her family have always maintained that Ryan was not to blame for this road accident. It is very much to their credit that they have always acted with dignity and diplomacy throughout what has been an extremely difficult 2½ years. 

“Following the Inquest we successfully obtained evidence that clearly demonstrated that Ryan was not the ‘killer biker’, riding recklessly and with no regard to other road users, as had been suggested and portrayed on social media. We were able to put forward our case that this was sadly a tragic accident at a T-junction. 

“Sadly two young people, who I understand were also friends, died that night. I hope that the conclusion of this litigation will allow their families and loved ones to now draw a close to what has been a very difficult time for all involved.”

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