Compensation for Elderly Woman Killed in Car Accident

Advance Legal was instructed by a client whose elderly mother was knocked over by a car. Her injuries left her in a coma and she sadly passed away a few days later.

The car driver was prosecuted for having no insurance and for some defects on his vehicle, but there was insufficient evidence for a case of causing death by dangerous driving.

We obtained a copy of the police accident report and submitted a claim to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), which deals with claims in respect of uninsured drivers. The police report did not make it clear that the driver was wholly at fault. Nevertheless, the MIB agreed to accept a proportion of liability (75%) which, on the evidence, it was appropriate to accept.

The financial losses arising out of a fatal accident are not always as high as people expect them to be, especially where the period of time between the accident and death is fairly short, and where the victim had no financial dependents.

In this case we put together a list comprising some compensation for the injuries, funeral expenses, the victim’s damaged jewellery and the costs associated with administering her estate. After presenting this to the MIB we got them to agree to pay £5,650.19, less 25%, which gave the net sum of £4,237.64.

The victim’s daughter was satisfied with the outcome of the claim. At the conclusion of the case she commented: “The case was conducted smoothly and efficiently; Mark [House] was always helpful with good advice and guidance. Thank you for making it less painful”.

If you need advice on a personal injury claim, contact a member of our specialist Personal Injury team.