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Judge Decides Liability in High Speed Car Accident Compensation Case

A Judge has ruled on the liability of a high speed car accident compensation case involving two speeding cars.

Rachel Davis is claiming £3million in damages after she suffered severe injuries in an incident during which she was the passenger in a Honda Civic driven by her boyfriend John Catto. It was alleged that he was racing a Ford Focus driven by Stephen Skinner along the road from Avon to Munlochy when the accident occurred. He attempted an overtaking manoeuvre at an estimated 90mph when he lost control and flew over an embankment and landed upside down in a field.

Rachel Davis suffered a broken pelvis and spinal damage in the incident. These injuries have left her unable to use her legs.

Due to the claim for damages, a Judge at The Court of Session in Edinburgh has ruled on who is liable for the accident. He decided that they were not racing each other but nevertheless were travelling at significantly excessive speeds. He ruled that John Catto was 80% responsible for the accident, while Mr Skinner was 20% responsible. This 20% responsibility was due to the failure to slow down to allow the overtaking manoeuvre of Mr Catto.

This decision means that that they are responsible for 80% and 20% of the compensation due to Ms Davis respectively. The exact amounts will be decided at a later date.

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