Fatal diesel spill accident

The family of a motorcyclist who was killed after he rode over a diesel slick have been awarded £110,000 in compensation.

Richard Cooper had been riding his Yamaha in Lincolnshire in March 2006 when he went over the diesel spill. He subsequently lost control of his vehicle and collided with a transit van travelling towards him.

The payout is thought to be the first time that such a claim has been accepted by the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB).

Commenting on the compensation, Mr Cooper's son Richard said: "We are extremely pleased that our claim has been successful and hope that it will now open doors for other families who have lost loved ones under similar circumstances."

Diesel spills are causing an increasing number of accidents on the country's roads and they can easily be prevented, he added

Our News page contains the article that appeard in The Times newspaper.

Established in 1946, the MIB compensates the victims of negligent, uninsured and untraced motorists.

Andrew Campbell has acted for many dozens of bikers injured in diesel spill accidents. This was the first fatal accident case involving diesel to be submitted to the MIB and to be accepted. This case was reported in The Times.