Pedestrian hit by bus launches legal action

Firsts Deputy MD Brandon Jones.
Firsts Deputy MD Brandon Jones.
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A WOMAN left with a fractured skull, pelvis and cheekbones after she was hit by a bus is appealing for witnesses to the collision to come forward.

Jane Lowe, aged 45, was crossing The Wicker in Sheffield in March last year when she was involved in a collision with a First Mainline bus.

The mum-of-two was at a pedestrian crossing opposite the Mobility Shop at the time.

She wants to hear from witnesses and other pedestrians who may have been involved in collisions at the same spot to help her with her claim for compensation from both the bus company and from Sheffield Council.

She said: “I’m convinced it occurred because of the road layout at The Wicker – it leads a pedestrian to believe they are crossing one-way traffic and only need to look left.”

Mrs Lowe is not expected to be well enough to return to her job as a mortgage administrator with the Halifax in Sheffield until June at the earliest.

Simon Allen, managing partner at Sheffield-based law firm Russell Jones & Walker, who is representing Mrs Lowe, said: “We know of a number of incidents at the site, including a woman who had her foot run over at the same crossing.

“Mrs Lowe wasn’t in a hurry and obeyed the sign to ‘look right’ but was led into a trap by the confusing layout of the crossing.

“She was very lucky – she could have been killed. She continues to suffer from the effects of the accident, both physically and mentally.

“We hope others who have previously been misled by the road layout come forward to help us with our claim against Sheffield Council and First, so others won’t suffer.”

Brandon Jones, Deputy MD for First in South Yorkshire, said: “We are unable to comment on specific cases which could result in possible court proceedings. However, it is important to stress safety is our number one priority and we work closely with all agencies to help reduce collisions. This includes key areas such as highway design and driver training.”

Russell Jones & Walker can be contacted on 0114 2766868.