July 2015

Families Start Investigation after Holiday Coach Accident

Two Lancashire families have told their solicitor to lodge an injury compensation claim for a coach crash whilst they were on holiday.

The two families in question – the Hannah family from Ormskirk and the Rothwell-Bowness family from Aughtin – were travelling from the La Rosière ski resort in the south-east of France to the Chambéry Airport on the 4th January 2015 when the crash occurred. The vehicle let the road and overturned, coming to rest against a guard rail that prevented the vehicle from dropping down into a ravine below.

An investigation is still being carried out by the French police. The parents of both families sustained grave injuries in the near-fatal accident, though the children escaped the coach having just sustained minor injuries. Even so, each of the thirty-two passengers that were travelling on the coach were considered lucky to leave the scene with their lives.

Katie Hannah, forty, had to undergo an operation to remove glass that had become embedded in her right arm, as well as sustaining heavy bruising and other cuts. The scarring to her body is likely to be permanent, and she has suffered severe emotional trauma. Mrs Hannah’s husband, Gary (forty-four) sustained nerve damage to his right shoulder and is still receiving treatment. It is still uncertain as to whether or not he will regain full use of the limb.

Sarah Rothwell-Bowness (forty-two) broke her wrist in the accident, as well as suffering many cuts to her right arm. She has had many operations in both England and France in an attempt to heal the damage, and she will have further surgeries later in the year to remove the pins in her arm. She, too, may never regain full use of the limb.

The families have hired a solicitor to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash. If it is discovered that the driver made an error that caused the accident, they will be able to make a claim against Esprit Holidays, the company with which they booked the trip.

Mrs Rothwell-Bowness has stated that “We had a great trip in France but the day of the crash has to be one of the worst of my life. We all simply want to know what happened and what can be done to ensure it doesn’t happen again. The last few months have been the most difficult time of my life and I would not want anyone to have to face what I’ve been through.”