A British woman forced to give up her job after suffering ‘life changing injuries’ in a crash has received a ‘substantial payout’.
Sharon Knevett, 58, and her daughter were passengers in a coach heading to Barcelona airport when the driver fell asleep at the wheel in September 2016.
It sent the vehicle flying through a guardrail and into a tree at 55mph, before overturning on the side of the road.
Ms Knevett was left with a punctured lung, broken ribs, a shoulder and chest injury and daily flashbacks.
Her injuries were so bad she had to stop working as a radiographer – something she spent years training for.
Describing the moments before the crash, she said: ‘It was torrential rain and it just seemed that the coach was going faster and faster.
‘I took off my seatbelt and moved down the coach to urgently rouse the driver. I don’t remember much until waking up in hospital.’
Ms Knevett spent six days in hospital in the Spanish city and was unable to fly to the UK.
Her solicitors confirmed she will receive a ‘significant, undisclosed’ payout from the coach company to cover her loss of earnings, pain, suffering and future medical treatments.
Ms Kenvett said: ‘I think me and my fellow passengers were lucky to get out alive but the experience and my injuries mean that day changed the course of my life forever.
‘I still have flashbacks and nightmares. I believe that this will always be the case for me, the experience has been a living nightmare.
‘I am in pain every day which is a constant reminder of not only the accident but the reason why I have to leave my dream job.
‘If the driver was suitably rested and driving at an appropriate speed for the weather conditions this accident would not have happened, and my life would not have been turned upside down.’
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