Woman claims damages after hitting an unmarked speed hump

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KWAZULU-NATAL’S MEC for Transport has agreed to pay 50% of proved damages suffered by a ­motorcyclist injured in a fall allegedly caused by an unmarked speed hump.

According to papers before the Pietermaritzburg high court, accident victim Lourika Boisson, of Richards Bay fell off her BMW 650 motorcycle while travelling on the R74 between Greytown and Stanger on March 9, 2008.

She suffered a knee injury and had to undergo a skin graft after the incident, which she said was caused when she hit an unpainted speed hump.

According to court documents, it was alleged the speed hump or “traffic-calming device” was not marked or painted and was covered in shade by trees on the side of the road, obscuring its ­presence. A road sign post warning about the approaching speed hump was allegedly also obscured by foliage and surrounding trees, and was therefore not visible to road users.

Boisson instituted a damages claim for general pain and suffering, loss of amenities of life and permanent disfigurement of R134 872,51.

In addition, she has claimed R43 709 as the cost of repairing her motorcycle.

The eventual amount payable will be determined at a future hearing.

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