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Young police officer killed in a road traffic accident

29 January 2008

In a previous case, our claimant bought forward a claim for the damages caused by a road traffic accident which had resulted in the death of her fiancé. The deceased was a young police officer who, along with a team of others, had been asked to work in Thailand assisting with the identification and repatriation of victims of the Tsunami disaster. He was a rear seat passenger in a minibus which was being driven by one of his colleagues. The driver needed to turn the mini bus around along the road in order to travel back in the opposite direction. As he conducted the manoeuvre, he turned the minibus across the path of a coach which was travelling towards him, resulting in a strong collision between both vehicles. The deceased suffered severe injuries and died at the scene, leaving his fiancée and a young daughter as his dependants. A claim under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 & the Law Reform Act was brought forward against the named driver and the Police Force under control at the time of the fatal collision. RJW solicitors negotiated the case with a high settlement value, ranging in between £410 000 – £430 000.