Accident claim settled for $200,000

Accident claim settled for $200,000

September 20, 1998: The Sunday Times

Corporal who suffered serious head injuries sues driver of badly-parked lorry that had caused the incident.

A full-time national serviceman was sitting in the back of a truck driven by an army driver one rainy night, when the truck scraped against a lorry that was badly parked.

Corporal Lau Chye Soon, who was resting his head against the canopy cover of the truck on the night of June 29, 1994, suffered serious head injuries from the impact of the accident.

He was left with a fractured skull and injuries on the left side of his brain, and was in a coma for three days.

He sued the lorry driver in the High Court in May last year for his injuries, medical expenses, loss of future earnings and earning capacity.

He settled the claim on Friday for $200,000 plus legal costs, which would be paid by the lorry driver’s insurers.

In his court papers, Mr. Law, 24, said that the lorry, driven by Mr. Ong Eng Seng, 67, was parked in a side lane of Tampines Road that night, but with its back protruding diagonally onto the road.

He said that he had lost his sense of smell and some mental capacity as a result of the accident.

The army truck driver had told him that because it was drizzling on the night of the accident, he saw the parked lorry when he was only 15 metres away from it.

And because the back of the lorry was jutting out onto the road, the truck, which was carrying about 20 other soldiers, scraped against it when passing it.

The army driver, who was travelling on the extreme left lane at a speed of 40 km/h, slowed down to let a vehicle on his right pass before going past the lorry.

Mr. Lau said he failed in the two years that he was studying computer engineering in Nanyang Technological University.

In his A levels, he scored two As and two Bs.

He switched to a mathematics course at the National University of Singapore’s science faculty last year, because he said he could not cope with the computer engineering course.

On Friday, Mr. Lau told The Straits Times that he has problems remembering things, and that his IQ or intelligence quotient is only 113. A doctor had told him that the average undergraduate’s IQ is 120, he said.

He added that he still hopes to work in a computer-related field in future, or become a teacher.

IQ AFFECTED

Mr. Lau Chye Soon said he has problems remembering things, and that his IQ or intelligence quotient is now only 113.

He added that a doctor had told him that the average undergraduate’s IQ is 120.

He also said that he failed in the two years that he was studying computer engineering in NTU.