Mother-of-four is slapped with a $6million insurance bill and given just 21 days to pay it after SHE was left seriously injured in a car crash - but there's a reason for the huge fee | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Mother-of-four is slapped with a $6million insurance bill and given just 21 days to pay it after SHE was left seriously injured in a car crash - but there's a reason for the huge fee

  • Samantha Melville had received a $6.3million insurance bill for a 2012 accident
  • She and a friend were badly injured in the crash, which happened during a storm
  • Ms Melville thought damages were covered by South Australia's CTP scheme
  • The bill was issued by Berkshire Hathaway, owned by billionaire Warren Buffett
  • Lawyer Nick Xenophon is fighting the bill on behalf of Ms Melville for free

A mother-of-four received a $6million insurance bill and was given just 21 days to pay it by the company owed after she was left seriously injured in a car crash.

Samantha Melville was driving herself and a friend to work in regional South Australia in 2012 when a sudden, severe storm caused her to crash into a tree. Both she and her friend were badly injured in the crash.

Following the smash she received a demand to pay $6,312,399.83 from the insurer who took over the claim, Berkshire Hathaway.

One reason for the huge bill Ms Melville had received was the roadworthiness of the car she was driving, which belonged to her brother.

A police report at the time of the accident found it had 'both rear tyres below the acceptable standard of tread which, when combined with the prevalent weather conditions, contributed to the collision'.

A 2014 letter from the Commission's then claims manager, Allianz Insurance, informed her that she had been driving a car which was 'unsafe, unroadworthy and in a damaged condition'.

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