Irwin Mitchell have assisted a cyclist to claim compensation after he was involved in a collision with a car.
The incident occurred in April 2010 when the cyclist was riding his bicycle in a cycle lane which passes by a pelican crossing, for both cyclists and pedestrians. The cyclist reached the crossing while the crossing was sounding, indicating it was safe to cross.
A few pedestrians had already crossed the road and there were cars waiting for them. The cyclist estimated he had sufficient time to cross and began to cross the road. The first car he passed remained stationary but the second car moved forward, colliding with the cyclist.
The impact caused the cyclist to fall onto the bonnet of the car and then onto the ground. The cyclist was able to get up and move to the side of the road where he waited for an ambulance. Once the ambulance arrived, the emergency staff put him into a neck brace and taken to hospital.
The cyclist suffered injuries to his cheekbone, eyebrow and was left with a black eye. He had to take three days off work to recover and still has scaring to his cheek, eyebrow and forehead. As well as the injuries, his glasses and bicycle were also damaged, which he had to pay to have repaired.
The driver of the car denied liability throughout the case but Irwin Mitchell were able to negotiate £1,000 in compensation for the cyclist.
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