A 58-year-old cyclist who was knocked down by a car has been awarded compensation after he was left so psychologically traumatised that it was eight months before he felt able to ride a bicycle again.
The accident happened on a narrow bridge. The cyclist maintained that he had waited on the bridge for the car to pass, but it had hit him. The driver of the car disputed this version of events.
The cyclist was left with injuries to his thigh, arm, foot and ribcage, as well as a scar above his left eye. Afterwards, he had to have two weeks off work, but has since retired from his job as a printer.
Before the accident, the man had been cycling 150 miles a week, but afterwards he was so traumatised that at one stage he thought he would never get back on his bike again. However, after counselling he has recovered enough to begin cycling again.
The car driver did not admit liability for the accident but settled the claim out of court for £5,000.
If you have been injured as a result of an accident on the road that was not your fault, whether as a cyclist, pedestrian or other road user, you may be entitled to compensation. It will assist your claim if you can provide evidence of what happened from witnesses or photographs taken at the scene of the accident.