Fatal accident involving a bicycle

An elderly man in his 80s was in a fatal accident involving a bicycle. He suffered severe brain injury, when he was walking through the grounds of a stately home and a cyclist travelling at excessive speed emerged around a corner, hitting him from behind, throwing him up in the air and causing him to land on his head. 

He sustained a subarachnoid haemorrhage and subdural haematoma. He had skull fractures, including a fracture of his zygomatic arch (part of the cheekbone). He also suffered a C7 fracture in his spine. Due to the severity of his injuries, he died shortly afterwards in hospital. 

Although elderly, the deceased was both active and independent at the time of the accident. He was in the process of completing a 4 mile walk with his wife when the accident happened. He regularly drove, as well as being a keen golfer and bridge player.

We were instructed to act for the deceased’s widow (the claimant) in this tragic case. This was a complex case and there were, amongst other things, issues about the extent to which the injuries caused the death (due to some pre-existing medical conditions)

We were very keen to ensure that the claimant’s grief was not compounded by her suffering significant financial losses due to her husband’s death. We recovered from the defendant a six figure sum to ensure her future financial security. 

Once again many thanks for all your hard work.  You have been amazing and I don’t know what I would have done without your help.


How Moore Barlow can help

Matt Tuff is a senior associate in the Major trauma service department at Moore Barlow. As well as recovering compensation for our clients, Matt places particular emphasis on securing rehabilitation for them at an early stage. He have extensive experience of working closely with expert case managers and rehabilitation companies to secure this goal.

Please visit the major trauma website page or contact Matt Tuff.