Man Issues Road Safety Warning After Vehicle Pulls Out Into His Path
A cyclist is urging motorists to take care on the roads after being seriously hurt when a car pulled out into his path.
Sam Kitchen was thrown from his bike and suffered open fractures to his left arm when a vehicle failed to give way at a junction of Cable Street and Devonport Street in Shadwell, East London. Sam was travelling in a segregated cycle lane and had right of way.
The 34-year-old, of the Isle of Dogs, was taken to hospital where he spent five days and underwent surgery to insert metal plates in his arm.
Following the collision Sam, a cyber security consultant, instructed specialist serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help him access the rehabilitation he requires because of his injuries.
Sam has now joined his legal team in urging drivers to be aware of cyclists at all times.
It comes after Irwin Mitchell secured a five figure settlement for Sam in connection with the incident. The driver’s insurance company admitted liability.
Imogen Lowden, expert serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing Sam, said: “Through our work we often see the consequences of what can happen when vulnerable road users, such as cyclists are involved in collisions.
“The injuries that Sam suffered through no fault of his own have had a major impact on his life and he still faces many challenges.
“We are pleased to have secured this settlement which will allow Sam to focus on his continued rehabilitation.
“However, it is vital that all road users take care on the roads at all times. We urge motorists to be aware of those on two wheels to help reduce the number of serious accidents involving cyclists.”
Sam, who lives with girlfriend, Jennifer Lam, 34, was cycling home from work when a Mercedes pulled out of Devonport Road at just after 7pm on 3 May, 2018.
Witnesses came to his aid and called an ambulance, before Sam was taken to hospital.
Police invited the motorist to attend a driver alertness course or face possible prosecution. The driver agreed and attended the course.
Sam still suffers from pain and weakness in his left arm.
He said: “I used to take the same way home each day because part of the route is on the segregated Cycle Superhighway so I thought it would be safer.
“As I approached Devonport Street I saw the Mercedes which appeared to be slowing down and it looked like the driver saw me. As I had right of way I continued. The next thing the car pulled out of the T-junction and collided with me.
“I remember lying on the ground but didn’t realise how serious my injury was. A couple of people rushed over to me and I think I then passed out.
“My memory is blurry from then. I was on morphine for the pain. I remember waking up in hospital following my surgery with a cast on my arm.”
Sam added: “Following the accident I was a lot more reliant on Jennifer. My left arm is weaker and I experience aching in my arm, specifically to my forearm. I have had physiotherapy and tried to remain focused on my recovery. It has taken time to rebuild my strength and confidence to return to doing all of the activities I used to enjoy before the accident.
“I used to really enjoy cycling and adventure holidays but now I’m a lot more apprehensive in case I cause further damage to my arm.
“However, I’m very determined and am focused on continuing with my recovery. I just hope that by speaking out more motorists take care on the roads so others don’t have to go through what I have.”