Doncaster crash victim’s road safety plea

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A driver who left a Doncaster man with a life-changing spinal injury has walked away with just a fine and some points on her license.

Michael Hoath may never be able to return to full-time work after suffering a life-changing spinal injury when a car pulled out into his vehicle’s path on a busy road.

The 45-year-old needed metal rods inserting into his back to support his fractured spine following the crash in March last year, when the vehicle pulled out in front of him as he travelled along the A20.

More than 12 months on from the incident, the railway conductor continues to require physiotherapy and has only recently been able to return to work in phased capacity as a result of his injuries.

The other driver involved in the crash was convicted of driving without due care and attention in February this year, receiving six penalty points on her driving license and being order to pay a £70 fine and costs.

Mr Hoath said:“We were travelling along the A20 and suddenly this car just pulled out of a side road and stopped in the middle of the road – everything happened so quickly that it was just impossible to avoid a collision.”

He is now calling on all road users to make safety their priority.

The call comes as specialist serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell begin work to secure financial support to aid his rehabilitation and recovery from the crash.

Andrea Burke, of Irwin Mitchell, said: “We are determined to ensure that he gets the help he requires to get the best from life after this traumatic incident and would also urge all motorists to always make safety their priority on the road.”