The family of Mr Richard Cooper, who was killed last year after skidding on a diesel spill, have been awarded £110,000 in compensation by the Motor Insurance Bureau. While no amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one, this decision is hugely significant for the ongoing fight against diesel spills. The MIB provides compensation for injuries and deaths caused by negligent, uninsured drivers. Mr Cooper died in a wholly preventable crash caused by someone else’s carelessness. Spilling diesel on the roads makes the road surface as slippery as ice. It can be caused by deliberate over-filling, failure to replace the fuel cap, or by continuing to use damaged tanks. It kills motorcyclists and other road users, and there is no excuse for it.