A South Yorkshire mechanic left brain damaged in a motor racing accident has been awarded the funds he needs to move into a more suitable home.
Peter Corbett, aged 55, will be dependent on others for care for the rest of his life after the accident at Rowrah Stadium circuit, near Whitehaven, Cumbria, in April 2006.
Mr Corbett, of Pogmoor, Barnsley, sued for damages and accepted a confidential settlement following a lengthy legal battle.
The High Court in London heard a chunk of the payout is to be used to purchase a bungalow for Mr Corbett and his wife, Anita.
The court heard Mr Corbett, a mechanic and experienced rider, was on a bike powered by a 100cc Yamaha RSX engine with his friend, Philip Hales, in a side car. At a bend, they left the track, crossed some infield grass, smashed through a barrier made of tyres and into a parked ambulance.
Last year, High Court judge, Mr Justice King, ruled that circuit owner, Cumbria Kart Racing Club, and race organiser, Tracksport Challenge Limited, were 90 per cent liable for the smash.
But the judgment was delivered nine months after the trial of the case, leading to a decision to allow the defendants permission to appeal against Mr Justice King’s decision.
Facing the ‘dismal prospect’ of further extended legal proceedings, Mrs Corbett, representing her husband, went back to the High Court to accept the confidential settlement.
The family’s barrister, Robert Glancy QC, said: “Mrs Corbett and Mr Corbett himself, in so far as he is able to understand these matters, are anxious to see an end to this very long-running saga.
“It is over eight years since the accident and five years since the litigation started. The prospect of facing the appeal is one that they simply cannot bear to contemplate.”
The exact terms of the settlement were kept confidential.