A car crash survivor is pursuing legal action against the insurers of her dead partner, who caused a crash that left her with life changing injuries in 2013.
Christina Vibert was left severely disabled after the car she was in crashed killing her partner Ross Graham. She claims that at the time of the incident he was driving too fast when he collided into an HGV trailer.
Ross’ insurers claim that at the time of the accident he was high on cannabis and was racing another driver.
At the time of the incident the couple where driving to Ikea, at Wester Hailes Edinburgh, to buy furniture for their one month old child.
At the scene of the crash Miss Vibert suffered a cardiac arrest but was resuscitated, she was in a coma for a month after suffering brain injury and complex facial fractures.
As a result of her injures Miss Vibert is only able to walk short distances with aid of a walking stick, and requires wheelchair for longer distances. She also suffers with memory and concentration problems, communication problems and is now unable to look after her children.
She is now seeking compensation from Zenith Insurance for the suffering and pain she endured as well as the cost of the care and therapy.
Miss Vibert had to undergo lengthy surgery on fractures to her face and undergo rehabilitation, she claims that her home is not suitable for wheelchair users.
Zenith insurers have claimed they are not liable for the accident and have argued that if they were found liable the alleged second motorist should pay part of the award.
Spokesperson for the insurers has said: “The pursuer (Ms Vibert) ought not to have allowed herself to be a passenger in the vehicle being driven by the deceased whilst he was under the influence of cannabis. Had she not allowed herself to be a passenger all her injuries would have been avoided.”