Damages recovered after sunken manhole covers cause accident

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Gordon Spiers was riding his Honda VFR800I on the Fallin to Stirling Road when he was involved in a motorcycling accident.

How did the motorcycle accident happen?

Mr Spiers lost control of his motorcycle at a junction because there were two sunken manhole covers which the local council had failed to inspect or repair.

As his tyres lost traction on the manhole covers, the bike high sided and he sustained multiple fracture injuries.

Other law firm closed his motorcycle accident claim

Mr Spiers was referred to a firm of solicitors through his Union.

Over two years after the motorcycle accident, he was told his prospects of success against the council were limited and they were going to close his file.

However, they did recommend that he seek a second opinion from another law firm.

Digby Brown motorcycle accident solicitors took on claim

Accordingly, Mr Spiers contacted Digby Brown’s specialist Motorcycle Law Department, with only three months to go before his case time barred. Had the case time barred, he would have lost his right to claim compensation.

We accepted his case and carried out significant investigations into all liability aspects of his case.

Specialist experts to investigate motorcycle claim

Digby Brown instructed specialist reconstruction experts, and obtained specialist orthopaedic and neurological reports to understand the true extent of his injuries and how the accident happened.

Council maintained denial

An action was raised in the Court of Session, and the solicitors for the council maintained their denial of liability.

After extensive negotiations, Mr Spiers’ case settled on a full liability basis.

He recovered 100% of his damages against the Local Authority.

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If you wish to make a motorcycle accident claim in Scotland, call the Digby Brown motorcycle solicitors on 0333 200 5925 or complete an Enquiry Form.


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