A woman has been struck by an HGV truck and dragged under its wheels as she was riding her bike on a Camden street.
The cyclist, believed to be in her twenties, was taken to St Marys Hospital in Paddington and is thought to have life-changing injuries.
It is reported that the woman was riding on the right-hand side of the lorry as it turned to take a corner. Witnesses described the sound of a loud scream, heard immediately before the collisions. The 44-year-old lorry driver has since been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.
A witness at the nearby hairdressers said that a scream was heard and the bike was seen going under the truck. The witness said: “We managed to get over to her and she was conscious. She was moaning and the bike was smashed in. I asked if anyone else knew first aid but, by that point, the police were there. She was stuck in the bars of the bike and they had to use something to cut her out.”
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The driver of the lorry came out following the collision and asked if the woman was alright. He looked in shock and had his head in his hands the whole time according to onlookers.
Another witness said that the junction where the accident happened was known for being dangerous to cyclists and that many accidents there had involved bikes and HGVs.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has spearheaded a few campaigns to stop the number of cycling accidents in London, including the prevention of bike and lorry accidents.
Police say they are interested in speaking to anyone who saw the accident including a pedestrian who was crossing at the time as well as another cyclist who was riding ahead of the woman.
Cyclists are often vulnerable road users and therefore, statistically, more likely to end up in a road traffic accident. Often, other road users do not see them or do not use their mirrors and observe correctly before an accident.
If you have been injured on your bike and the fault is that of a third party then it is possible to claim personal injury compensation.
Common injuries include head and brain injuries, spinal damage and broken bones. If you have suffered a major or a minor injury then you may need medical care and time off work to recover. The consequences can be financially detrimental and a compensation claim would cover these costs for you if you were successful in your case.
Please call First Personal Injury lawyers on 0800 808 7733 if you would like to know more about claiming for any kind of road accident or, indeed, any other type of accident claim. Our experienced no win no fee solicitors can offer more information and advice when we know more about the details of your possible case.
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