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Northants Driver’s Insurers Cover Compensation

The family of a van driver who died after his van was hit by another driver at high-speed, has been awarded a six-figure sum from the other driver’s insurers by London’s High Court.

The driver, 41-year-old Edward Smith, died in November 2007 when a Peugeot 206 GTi hit the side of his van as he was crossing a carriageway facing southbound on the A43. According to the description of the accident at an inquest in 2008, the engine of the van was thrown 100 feet into the air.

The van driver, who lived close to Brackley in Whitfield, on The Avenue, sustained multiple injuries and was pronounced dead soon after the incident. The driver of the Peugeot 206 GTI, Northampton-based Martin Keirl, left with a broken, hip, ankle, ribs, as well as a severely shattered kneecap.

The family of Edward Smith have been awarded £100,000 to provide for the futures of his two children Luke and Louisa by the High Court in London. The insurers of Martin Keirl will be covering the cost of this payout.

It was reported that the insurers for Mr. Keirl were also seeking compensation from Mr. Smith’s insurance company. It was however, agreed in an out-of-court deal a week before the payout that they would cover 33% of the damages.

Jeremy McMullen QC expressed his surprise that the case had taken so long to decide. It was also heard at the court that the money would be placed in a savings account and the money would be given to the two children in a 50:50 ratio, when they reach legal age.

The prior inquest in August of 2008 reported that accidental death had been the main cause of death. PC Brian Johnson had also carried out an investigation for the Northamptonshire Police Collision Investigation Team that found the Peugeot was going over the 70 mph speed limit. It was also conceded that the van driver had failed to look or had misjudged the speed of the oncoming car.