A teenage motorcyclist has begun a substantial injury compensation claim against a driver in Totnes after an accident left him with lifelong illnesses.
It is claimed that Morris Hill mistook the A338 for a dual carriageway and pulled out in front of James Pile, who was flung 20 feet into the air.
Mr Pile was left with brain injuries, nerve damage, broken legs, a collapsed lung and other severe injuries after the crash in 2006, The Herald reports.
After 17 hours of surgery, Mr Pile spent three weeks in intensive care and will have considerable care needs for the rest of his life.
He is now pursuing a compensation claim for at least £300,000 in order to fund his continuing treatment and compensate for loss of earnings.
The news follows recent reports that a nine year-old boy has been awarded a record £8.1 million compensation after sustaining brain injuries following a car accident.