Stricken Michael Schumacher being sued over motorcycle crash in Spain
Published 21/04/2014 | 14:01
Michael Schumacher, who has been in a coma since December 29, is being investigated over a road accident in Spain in the weeks before his skiing accident.
The seven-time world champion allegedly knocked down a motorcyclist after failing to respect right of way at a roundabout according to reports in Spanish sports newspaper Marca.
The incident allegedly took place in the town of Bormujos (Seville province) on November 17 last when Schumacher was in Spain on a private trip.
After being hit by Schumacher, who was driving a rented Audi A4, the motorcyclist fell to the ground and fractured his wrist. The claim he has filed covers the cost of the injury, as well as the damage to his clothing, watch, bike and helmet.
According to the accident report issued by the local police in Bormujos, the main cause of the crash was a violation of driving laws by the driver of the Audi A4. The report adds that a secondary cause was deficient lighting of the stretch of road in question.
The motorcyclist was required to press charges in order to obtain compensation because minor cases of reckless driving are only prosecuted in Spain where the victim has filed a complaint.
A trial will only take place if insurers contest the claim but they are not expected to do so.
Schumacher suffered severe brain injuries after striking a rock while skiing at the French resort of Meribel in late December and has been in an induced coma ever since.