A motorist who caused a cyclist serious injuries when she hit him from behind has been found guilty of careless driving. The decision – which is likely to pave the way for a catastrophic injury compensation claim – was made at Exeter Crown Court.
In December 2014, the 25-year-old was making her regular journey to work when she collided with a man on a bike on her route into Instow, Devon. The impact sent the 41-year-old male over the front of the car, causing a fractured spine and serious head injuries and leaving traces of his high-visibility jacket on the broken windscreen.
The victim spent more than two months in hospital and still requires treatment for his injuries, the court heard. Before the accident, the Barnstaple resident had been a keen mountain biker who frequently partook in both on-road and off-road trips on his bicycle.
The driver was fined £300 and given five points on her licence, but avoided the more serious charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after the court found the accident was caused by 'momentary inattention'. The court accepted that she was driving at approximately 35 mph in a 40 mph limit.
The serious and life-changing injuries sustained by the cyclist could lead to a catastrophic injury compensation claim on his part.
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