2010-08-27 - Rider Down, Acton

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  • Riding into town about 7.30am on Friday, travelling East on the straight section between Acton and Shepherds Bush on A4020. Driver in green road sweeping lorry pulled out of junction to my left, turning right (ie West) towards Acton. No time to do anything, so hit the side of the truck at about about 20 mph.

    Ambulance and police were there in what felt like a couple of minutes and I spent the next 24 hrs in A&E, mashed right leg, bruising/damaged sternum chest, shoulders, both arms and legs. Doc reckons at least 6 weeks for the chest to heal.

    The driver at least stopped after the collision, but his excuse? "Sorry mate, I didn't see you". And despite me riding in the middle of the lane in the daylight in a fluorescent yellow jacket. How much more obvious do I need to be?

    I'm not normally a fan of the ambulance chasing solicitor fraternity, but at a minimum I want to recover the cost of my clothing and damage to my bike. Any recommendations?

  • heal fast and good luck in your pursuit of justice

  • ojeffcott

    on the solicitors we like thread

    no 1 on the list

    awesome guy

    oliver link




  • oh and heal up fast

    where are you based - email me via the forum

  • Thanks all. I live out near J2 of the M40, riding into St James's, though usually I'm on a Brompton from Marylebone.

  • Rest and heal up it could have been a hell of a lot worse.

  • You poor thing. So many injuries. I agree with James - call Oliver. Hope you heal up ok.

  • Ouch, I bet that's really hurting now.

    Many of those road sweepers are left-hand-drive. That is no excuse, if it is harder to see the driver should take extra care. "Sorry mate, I didn't see you" = admission of negligence.

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2010-08-27 - Rider Down, Acton

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