Bike crash woman’s £12K claim over oil spill

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A motorbike pillion passenger who was injured after she fell when she got diesel on her boots as she was about to set off on an outing with other Harley Davidson enthusiasts has lost a bid to win £12,000 damages.

Jean Shepherd (66) from Fife was riding on her husband’s bike when they were due to meet up with other members of the Dunedin Chapter of the Harley Davidson Motor Cycle Club at services off the Edinburgh bypass.

She maintained that the incident occurred as a result of her picking up diesel on her motor bike boots at the car park at the Travelodge hotel at Dreghorn Services in October 2012.

Mrs Shepherd raised an action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh suing the hotel group. Liability was contested.

The judge said he concluded on the balance of probabilities that the accident was caused by diesel picked up by Mrs Shepherd on her boots at the car park causing her to slip on tarmac at the barracks.

Lord Boyd said it was not suggested that Travelodge was in any way responsible for the spill or that they should have been aware of it at the car park before management was informed of it.