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Compensation Settled For Fatal Road Traffic Accident In Rome

Irwin Mitchell have successfully settled a road traffic accident claim which tragically led to the victim’s death.  The victim left behind a wife and two children, who together received over £60,000 in compensation.

The deceased had travelled to Rome for a weekend away with friends and had enjoyed an evening out in the city.  He was crossing a road with a friend on their way back to their hotel, when a speeding car suddenly approached the couple, narrowly missing the deceased’s friend and colliding with the deceased.

The deceased was badly injured and had surgery in Italy.  He was well enough to be flown back home, but passed away a few weeks later.

Irwin Mitchell were able to trace the UK Claims Handlers of the Italian driver’s insurance company, and negotiated settlement in England without having to issue court proceedings.

Before the accident happened, the deceased and his friends had joked about how hard it was to cross the road in Rome, as even when pedestrians are on zebra crossings, drivers do not always stop.  Irwin Mitchell currently act for a number of British pedestrians who have been injured in road traffic accidents in Rome, which reflects the fact that the rules of the road in Italy can be very different to those that we are used to in this country.

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