A CAR crash victim has lost an eight-year legal battle.
Wheelchair-bound Denise Gorringe, of Barkisland, blamed her serious injuries on a council's failure to paint a warning sign on the road.
But she has now lost a last-ditch plea to the Law Lords.
Mrs Gorringe, 42, suffered serious brain injuries when her car collided head-on at 50mph with a bus on a sharp crest in the road, known as the `Barkisland Bump', on the B6113 on July 15 1996.
Through her mother, June Todd, she sued Calderdale Council for damages, saying it should have warned of the danger of driving fast when approaching the crest by painting the word "Slow" on the road.
She won in the High Court, but the judgement was overturned in May, 2002, by the Appeal Court.
That court said the highway authority was under no duty to install warning signs at a place which, according to accident studies, was not a blackspot.
One appeal judge said a warning sign would have done no more than point out what "should have been obvious to her in any event".
Dismissing her appeal against that decision in the Lords, Lord Scott said drivers were entitled to expect highways to be kept in proper repair and that an authority would be held liable for damage caused by some obstruction or condition of the road.
"But an over-riding imperative is that those who drive on public highways do so in a manner and at a speed that is safe, having regard to such matters as the nature of the road, the weather and the traffic conditions," he added.
"Drivers are first and foremost themselves responsible for their own safety."
Mrs Gorringe, who has two daughters aged 10 and 12 and lives with her 63-year-old mother, had hoped for compensation running into seven figures.