Posted on 19 Oct. 2018
A former Royal Australian Navy seaman has left the armed services after a taxi knocked him off his motorcycle on a busy Sydney street.
Through support from Slater and Gordon, the 29-year-old Wangaratta resident has now received a six-figure sum to help him cover medical costs from ongoing injuries and complications from the accident through his compulsory third party insurer.
On the morning of December 2, 2014, Callum Krake rode his motorcycle along Danks St in Waterloo towards the HMAS Kuttabul, where he worked as a Marine Technician, holding the rank of Able Seaman.
A taxi suddenly pulled out from a parallel park and attempted a U-turn, hitting the motorcycle and flinging Mr Krake from the motorcycle with him landing heavily on the left side of his body.
“I was definitely traveling at the speed limit and riding responsibly, but he really did come out of nowhere,” Mr Krake said.
“When I saw the taxi pull out I took evasive action hoping it would stop, but it didn’t and as a result it hit the bike.”
Rushed to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, doctors confirmed Mr Krake had suffered a fracture to his left ankle while his left shoulder had also been dislocated.
His injuries have since prevented him from returning to work with him eventually being medically discharged from the Navy in June 2016. He has not been able to work since.
“My injuries from the accident are continuing to have a very significant impact on many parts of my life,” Mr Krake said.
As a result of the ongoing injury to his ankle and shoulder he has been forced to return to his parents’ house in the regional Victorian town of Wangaratta.
He now regularly sees a physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, rehabilitation consultant and counselor to help deal with anxiety and depression.
“I was a fit and healthy 25-year-old in a job I truly enjoyed, I have now been driven down into an unemployed 28 year old, living with my parents with a debilitating ankle injury,” Mr Krake said.
“I’m now getting my life back on track but there are still many obstacles ahead of me.”
His lawyer at Slater and Gordon Tom Mithieux said it was clear that Mr Krake was entitled to support for his injuries and loss of income.
Mr Mithieux said it was a tragedy when someone – as young as Mr Krake – was unable to return to work due to the careless driving of another motorist.
“We were focused on ensuring Callum received the support he needs to help him start his life again,” Mr Mithieux said.