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Cycling Case Studies

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Cycling Accident Compensation Claim

Mr O came to us following a cycling accident in November 2010, when he was knocked off his bike by a driver who failed to check his door mirror and opened the door into his path. As a result he suffered a broken nose as well as other soft tissue injuries.

Our cycling specialist solicitors quickly obtained an admission of liability and payment for his bike. Initial medical evidence recommended a review by a psychologist, as Mr O had developed specific phobia to cycling. This was very distressing for Mr O as he did not drive and used his bike to get around.

To help, we were able to get him specialist rehabilitation treatment through our providers CBT treatment to help with the phobia and recovery.

This is where our service really differs, providing more than just legal advice but an all round service to help our clients get back on their feet, or in this case on the bike!

Dead Cyclist’s Family Awarded £337,500

The family of a cyclist who was killed in an accident involving a lorry has been awarded £337,500 in compensation at the High Court.

Ninian Donald, 33, who worked as a set builder, was in a designated cycle and bus lane when a tipper lorry turned across his path at traffic lights, dragging him under the wheels.

The lorry was signalling to turn left, but from his position Mr Donald could not see the indicators. The lorry driver did not see the cyclist because his mirrors were not properly adjusted and he failed to make doubly sure that there was nothing in the inside lane.

The judge approved a settlement on the basis that Mr Donald was 25 per cent to blame for the accident. Just before the collision, he had briefly mounted the pavement in order to avoid a bus that was stationary. Mr Donald’s family was awarded £337,500, which included a lump sum of £25,000 which is to be held in trust for his daughter, Rosie, until she is 18 years old.

Injured Cyclist Receives £17,000

A cyclist who suffered serious injuries after the wheel of her bicycle hit a hole in the road has won almost £17,000 in damages.

The unnamed 59-year-old woman was commuting to work when the accident happened. In her path was a sunken drain in a large hole in the road. This had filled with rain water, which hid the pothole from view. The woman’s bicycle hit the hole and she was thrown over the handlebars, landing heavily in the road. She fractured her arm and sustained extensive bruising to her face.

As a result of her injuries, the woman was off work for eight weeks and still suffers from stiffness in her shoulder and a weak grip. The accident also had a psychological impact: she is now frightened to use her bicycle to commute to work or go to the shops as she is worried that she will have another accident.

A claim was brought against the local council, which was responsible for ensuring that the road was inspected regularly and for carrying out any necessary repairs. The council admitted liability and settled the claim out of court.

 

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