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Brain damaged cyclist wins crash compensation

Posted in: Bicycle Accidents Head and Brain Injuries Road Traffic Accidents 

A 31-year-old cyclist has been awarded injury compensation after a lorry knocked her off her bicycle on her way to work. Mary Bowers, who had been a successful journalist prior to the accident, now requires around-the-clock care and is only minimally conscious. Ms Bowers suffered a severe brain injury and multiple fractures in the accident, after becoming trapped under the wheels of the four-tonne lorry in east London in November 2011.

Ms Bowers had been a journalist with The Times before the crash. It was heard in London’s High Court that she was clearly visible, wearing a helmet and remained within the designated cycle path when the lorry crashed into her.

“better education among all road users”

Lorry driver Petre Beiu was found guilty of dangerous driving, which caused severe and life-changing injury. He was fined £2,700 and disqualified from driving for eight months at Snaresbrook Crown Court in December 2012.

The family’s lawyer stated: “We have repeatedly called for better education among all road users on how to share the road safely and Mary’s case is a devastating example of the consequences of drivers becoming distracted.”

Mr Bowers welcomed the undisclosed settlement, stating that it would enable her to access the specialist treatment she needs, as well as help her through ongoing rehabilitation.

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