Fife karting firm faces £1m public liability case following accident

A leisure firm based in the Scottish county of Fife is reportedly facing a public liability case which could result in a damages payment of £1 million, after a teacher suffered an accident at one of its karting tracks.

Driveflight, a company based in Glenrothes but which has karting tacks in a number of different locations, is being sued by a woman over an incident at its Aberdeen Kartstart circuit.

Craft and design teacher Julie Markie claims she was checking on a pupil at the side of the karting track when another pupil drove into the pit area at speed, entering through an open gate. She suffered a number of injuries to her feet, ankles and legs as a result of the incident, and is also said to have developed post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to court papers, Ms Markie is suing Driveflight for £1 million in compensation, which the company will have to pay using its public liability insurance if it loses the case. However, Driveflight has stated that it plans to vigorously defend itself in court, and in documents lodged by its solicitors, the company said:

“Any incident involving the pursuer was the full fault of the pupil.”

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