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The 62-year-old Tunbridge Wells woman was left in a “minimally conscious” state following the collision with a 4x4 on Broadwater Forest Lane in Tunbridge Wells in July 2011.
Her injuries included a serious brain injury as well as multiple fractures to her skull, spine and ribs. Due to the extent of her injuries she has been left in need of 24-hour care.
Following the cycling accident, her family launched a personal injury claim against the driver.
After a three day High Court trial, the driver was found to have driven her car in a negligent fashion on the day of the incident. Judgement was made in the cyclist’s favour with a 25% reduction for contributory negligence given the cyclist’s road position at the time.
Although no amount of money can ever compensate this woman for the injuries and trauma she and her family have suffered, it will give her family peace of mind that the compensation she receives will provide her with the round-the-clock care she will continue to need in the future.
It is important to emphasise that cycling is generally not a hazardous activity and should not be regarded as such.
It is recommended that all new cyclists have bikeability training and that cyclists should take great care around heavy goods vehicles and buses.
Clearly, there is a need to spend more on making roads safer for cyclists and particularly in built up urban areas, we need more segregation for road users and better designs for hazardous junctions.
The Bicycle Accident Lawyers at Claims Direct deal with compensation claims on a No Win, No Fee basis.
You can claim bicycle accident compensation for personal injuries, and damages to your bike if the accident was caused by someone else’s fault or negligence. You can claim compensation for your pain and suffering, lost earnings, expenses, rehabilitation costs, and treatments needed for your recovery.
For a free consultation call us on freephone 0808 175 7900 or start your bicycle injury claim online.
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