Truck driver compensated after collision with 4WD
A TRUCK driver knocked unconscious in a head-on c o l l i s i o n n e a r C h a r t e r s Towers has been awarded a $ 116,000 compensation payout for the damage done to his vehicle.
Gregory Don Condon’s prime mover – from Greg Condon Transport carrying three trailers of cattle – and a four-wheel-drive tray-back, driven by David William Gordon, collided on a dirt road to Hyde Park Station in September, 2008.
Both drivers were knocked unconscious and the crash caused $ 90,000 worth of damage to Mr Condon’s prime mover while Mr Gordon’s car was written off.
The pair made claims in the Charters Towers District Court for compensation for losses and to pay for the damages. The court heard that on September 15, 2008, the vehicles were heading in o p p o s i t e d i r e c t i o n s a p - proaching a right-angle bend on the road to Hyde Park station.
Mr Condon said he was aware another car was approaching near the corner so he pulled over as far left as possible and slowed almost to a stop to allow it to pass.
But before he reached the corner, Mr Gordon’s car came around the bend and began to slide and the vehicles crashed head-on.
Mr Gordon told the court he had been at the station to look at a bulldozer and was driving about 65km/ h on the r o a d b e f o r e s l o w i n g t o 40km/ h to take the corner.
He said when he rounded t he c o r ner , he s a w t he bullbar of a truck coming the other way, slammed on the brakes and skidded on the loose gravel before hitting the prime mover.
Judge John Baulch said it was likely that Mr Condon’s version of events was correct and found Mr Gordon had driven with some negligence. He awarded Mr Condon $ 98,318.76 with a further $ 18,493.76 in interest for losses and dismissed Mr Gordon’s claim for damages.