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Riders not at fault in A40 bicycle accident

Two men and a woman who were hurt in a bicycle accident on the A40 at Ganarew, near the Herefordshire border with Wales, may be eligible to claim compensation for their injuries after a road crash which involved a black Renault Clio.

The cyclists and a Land Rover Discovery were all stationary in a layby at the side of the dual carriageway when four cars travelling in the same direction towards Ross-on-Wye stopped suddenly.

As a result, the driver of the Clio lost control and went into the lay by, hitting the cyclists and the Land Rover.

One of the male bike riders, who was in his 40s, suffered serious leg injuries, while the other cyclists, a man and a woman, aged in the their 40s and 30s respectively, were less badly hurt.

The older man was first taken to hospital in Abergavenny then transferred to Morriston Hospital, Swansea, where his condition was described as serious but stable.

The police officer who is investigating the vehicle accident said he was anxious to speak to the driver of the first of the four cars, a dark blue Ford Fiesta, which had been in line on the A40 when the cycle crash occurred behind and to the side of him.

The West Mercia Police constable said: "It is vital we speak to him because he may have vital information about a collision that could have left a man with life-changing injuries.

"I would also ask anyone else who saw this collision or the moments leading up to it to contact me."

Depending on which driver, if any, is deemed responsible for the personal injury suffered by the cyclists through no fault of their own, they may wish to approach a solicitor for legal advice on making a damages claim.



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*Where replacement vehicle costs can be recovered from the insurance company of the person who caused the accident. Where this person is untraceable or uninsured, or where there is a dispute over liability, a replacement vehicle cannot be provided.