Motorcyclist guilty of dangerous driving won't be able to escape a civil claim

A cyclist, who suffered head injuries when he was struck by a motorcyclist in September 2011, may now be able to claim personal injury compensation from the biker's insurers after a successful prosecution at Worthing Magistrate's court.

The motorcycle accident occurred on an industrial estate in Lancing. The rider was found guilty of driving dangerously and using excessive speed. He was banned and fined but escaped a custodial sentence.

Despite the motorcyclists protestation that he lost control of his bike due to pot holes witnesses said that, on the day of the incident, the 23-year-old rider had driven round a bend on the road with "excessive lean" and at a speed close to "50mph". The rider's motorbike slid out from under him, subsequently colliding with the cyclist.

Emergency vehicles attended the scene and the cyclist was taken to hospital where he was unconscious for four days. He still suffers the effects of the head injuries and has to attend hospital for regular check-ups.

Although the rider was ordered by the court to pay compensation to the cyclist of £1,642, the accident victim may now be able to make a civil claim for personal injury compensation, with the help of accident claim solicitors, against the rider's insurers.

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