The family of Alan Underwood, a lorry driving instructor who was killed in a freak accident, are to receive almost 180,000 in compensation following a High Court ruling in London.
Judge Sir Christopher Holland at the High Court was told how Alan Underwood, 48, of Far Cotton, Northamptonshire, was instructing Mrs Corinne Radburn, of Bilton, Rugby, on emergency stop procedures when Mrs Radburn failed to execute the manoeuvre in time, and crushed Mr. Underwood between the 18-ton truck and a parked trailer.
Mr. Underwood had been out of the cab at the far end of a set of cones laid out for the training exercise. The court was told that Mr. Underwood then told Mrs Radburn to proceed at a speed of 20 miles per hour before performing the emergency stop in front of them. Unfortunately, Mrs Radburn was not able to do so, and Mr. Underwood was killed instantly.
The action, brought against the insurers of Mr Underwood’s employers, Sterling Training Service, of Basildon, and Mrs Radburn, was originally for 250,000 but adjusted down by 30% due to Mr. Underwood’s contributory negligence of standing in front of the vehicle at the time.