Mother's bid to prove road caused accident

A MUM-OF-TWO who suffered devastating injuries in a head-on smash which killed another motorist has launched a legal case which blames the condition of the road for the collision.

Maddy Booker, of Somersall, Chesterfield, whose own husband was killed in a car accident years ago, suffered serious head injuries and multiple fractures when her car aquaplaned on water and collided with another vehicle in November 2009.

The smash claimed the life of Gloucestershire man Robert Graham, 39, who was driving the other car.

Derbyshire Police absolved Mrs Booker and Mr Graham of all responsibility for the collision on the A619, near Chander Hill, Chesterfield.

Now Mrs Booker has instructed a Sheffield law firm to take on her case, claiming the road's condition could have played a part.

Mrs Booker, aged 59, from Somersall, Chesterfield, who suffered bleeding to the brain and a broken pelvis, collarbone, elbow, ribs, foot and both ankles, says a number of other collisions have happened at the same place.

Solicitor David Urpeth, from Irwin Mitchell, said: "We had reports of a number of incidents on Chander Hill in a very short space of time, including one the day after Mrs Booker's in which a 10-year-old boy was killed.

"It is important we get to the bottom of why there was such a build-up of water on the road to provide Mrs Booker and other families with answers and make sure lessons are learnt so this tragedy does not happen again.

"Mrs Booker suffered extremely serious injuries in an accident which was not her fault, and we are committed to making sure she has access to the best possible care and rehabilitation.

"We urge anybody who has any information about the incidents or the road conditions at the time to come forward and contact us."

Mrs Booker said: "Both the physical and psychological injuries I suffered in the incident have had a devastating effect on my life, and it's a tragedy to think somebody was killed.

"I'm currently attending counselling to help gain closure, but am finding it very difficult to move on with my life and regularly have flashbacks.

"It is particularly difficult because my husband was similarly killed in a car accident some years ago. I was left with two young children and my experience has just brought all of this up again.

"If anybody knows anything about the conditions of the road at the time of my accident I urge them to contact Irwin Mitchell and help with the investigation."

Call 0870 1500100 with information.

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