The family of a man who died in a high-speed car crash has been awarded a six-figure compensation payout.
Edward Smith, 41, died in 2007 when a Peugeot 206 GTI crashed into his van while he was driving home. An inquest discovered his engine was catapulted around 100 feet into the air.
Following a five year legal battle, the family have been awarded £100,000 compensation to help with the ongoing care of his two children.
Martin Keirl, the driver of the Peugeot, suffered several broken bones including a hip, ribs, and one of his kneecaps. His insurance company agreed to pay one third of the settlement to the family. They are seeking compensation from the insurers of Mr Smith’s van too.
The judge, Jeremy McMullen QC, said the delays are down to assessing liability in such cases.
When he approved the settlement he said: “I hope [the family] can put the financial aspect of this tragedy behind them. I wish them good luck for the future.”
The compensation will be placed in a savings account for the two children. The family announced they were pleased with the outcome.
At the inquest into the accident in 2008, a verdict of accidental death was reached.
PC Brian Johnson said: “Blameworthiness can be apportioned to both drivers.
“The van driver either failed to look and did not see the approaching vehicle or misjudged its speed. The driver of the Peugeot was travelling at excessive speed.”
The family’s solicitor said: “We have always maintained speed was the main contributing factor in this collision and we are pleased the findings of the police substantiated this.”