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Motorcyclist injured by 4×4 in road traffic accident

Posted in: Hand Injuries Motorcycle Accidents Road Traffic Accidents 

A biker from Innerleithen suffered severe injuries in a motorbike accident when a 4×4 and trailer pulled out in front of him in 2012. 25-year-old Adam Russell had been on the A72 between Peebles and Innerleithen when the vehicle pulled out from a field just past the entrance to Glentress. He broke multiple bones in his right hand and required extensive surgery, which involved the insertion of metal pins into each finger.

The accident happened in September 2012, after which Mr Russell could not use his hands for two and a half months — relying purely on the care of his mother. He was forced to take six months off work following the accident.

“Injuries to my hands caused significant physical pain and mental distress”

Two years after the crash, Mr Russell’s case has finally been settled following a hearing in the Court of Session. Judge Lady Stacey awarded him the full amount of agreed damages after placing full liability of the accident upon the driver of the vehicle.

Mr Russell’s motorbike was written off following the accident, and he is still awaiting surgery to remove the metal pins from his hands. He said: “After the accident, the injuries to my hands caused significant physical pain and mental distress, as I wasn’t able to work or even really socialise. Not to mention the inconvenience to my mum, who also had to take time off work to care for me.” He added that he was “grateful” to have received full compensation.

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