A FORMER motorsports mechanic was left paralysed following a serious road accident almost three years ago that wasn’t his fault.

But now the driver responsible has admitted liability.

Experienced motorcyclist John Adams, from Brighton, was on his way to work at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June 2016.

But his motorbike collided with a car travelling in the opposite direction on Kennel Hill in Horsham.

He was catapulted into a wall.

He suffered catastrophic spinal injuries as a result of the crash and is now paralysed from the chest down.

John said: “The crash was completely devastating and I had to quickly come to terms with the heartbreaking fact that nothing would ever give me the use of my legs back.

“I have, however, been fortunate to have a great team around me who are brilliantly and diligently supporting my recovery, as well as the unwavering support of my family and friends.”

John and his wife, Sue, had to postpone their wedding due to the accident.

He said: “It was very emotional to finally be able to marry Sue in September 2017 after everything we had both been through.”

Following the incident, John and his family instructed specialist serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell, to help him access funds to support his recovery and rehabilitation.

The legal experts have helped John fund treatment and adaptations to his home to make living with his injuries easier.

Tracey Storey, serious injury expert lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s London office who is representing John, said: “John’s accident highlights the truly devastating impact that road traffic collisions can have, with our client suffering life-changing injuries in this crash almost three years ago.

“It has been a long and complex legal battle so far, but we are delighted to have finally gained an admission of liability from the driver involved.

“While we are now focused on bringing this case to a conclusion and securing justice for our client, we also want to take this opportunity to remind road users that safety should always be their priority.”

John, a director of Zest Events Europe Ltd and former chief mechanic for world rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr, was taken to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance following the crash.

He was diagnosed with a complete spinal cord injury and transferred to Salisbury District Hospital before moving on to the specialist Spinal Injuries Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

There he underwent surgery and rehabilitation.

He was finally discharged home almost a year later in home in February 2017.