Limehouse Tunnel London - Isle of Dogs exit

On 23 February 2018 at 9.30am, Arron Macdonald was riding his Piaggio scooter in the Limehouse Link Tunnel, London.

He collided with the rear of a stationary lorry and sustained a spinal and traumatic brain injury. He had no memory of the accident and by the time the case was heard in Court the lorry driver had sadly died (unrelated to the accident).

The collision was captured on CCTV.

Both driver and rider were travelling in the same direction through the tunnel. The driver who was travelling ahead pulled into the nearside lane and activated his flashing beacons before moving across to the slip lane that formed an exit to The Isle of Dogs.

He stopped his vehicle and got out. The rider moved from the off-side lane to the nearside lane when he saw a gap in the traffic and then into the slip lane. He collided with the stationary lorry.

The Judge determined that the lorry driver had created an unjustified dangerous obstruction but the rider had also failed to consider the possibility of a stationary vehicle within the tunnel.

Driver 60% to blame            Rider 40% to blame

You can read the full judgement here

A summary from Westlaw can be downloaded here.

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