Injured cyclist’s legal bid

Injured cyclists Peter Vaughan.
Injured cyclists Peter Vaughan.
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A CYCLIST who suffered multiple injuries in a hit-and-run crash while on holiday is taking legal action in a bid to win compensation.

Peter Vaughan, aged 63, from Nether Edge, suffered multiple fractures to his leg and skill, and damage to his eye, kidney and shoulder, when he was hit from behind and knocked from his bike by a car in Dublin last October.

He was found lying unconscious at the side of the road, and spent 13 days in hospital in Ireland.

Peter still needs to wear a metal frame on his leg and can only walk using crutches.

Now he is now taking legal action after receiving a letter from the driver admitting she was at fault.

Peter hopes to receive money to pay for his rehabilitation, which has included four operations on his right leg.

He said: “My message following my accident is for motorists to be as alert as possible to cyclists at all times. It was probably just a few seconds’ lack of concentration that has robbed us, so far, of almost a year of our early retirement, and I know my ordeal is far from over.

“A couple of years ago my wife and I both took early retirement to allow us to spend more time doing the things we enjoy and visiting our family.

“My life has changed completely since the accident and nothing can turn the clock back. I used to love fell-walking, DIY and travelling, but haven’t been able to do any of these since my accident.”

Solicitor Jennifer Lund, of Irwin Mitchell, said: “All too often careless or dangerous driving results in disastrous, life-changing consequences for the victims.”