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Student hopes for bridge accident compensation

A talented engineering student says he may make a road traffic accident claim after a cycling accident which left him unable to work for six weeks.

The 18-year-old from South Shields, who is due to start an engineering degree at Cambridge University, argues that a "slippy" surface on Gateshead Millennium Bridge led to him falling off his bicycle; as such, he may seek to make a road traffic accident claim.

He told the Shields Gazette, "The accident has put everything on hold. I use a crutch now because of my leg, which still hasn't healed.

"I still feel pain every day and it swells a lot. Apart from missing work and college, I can't continue doing my hobbies, such as sports and cycling.

"I've also been told that my wrist could take up to six months to heal properly.

"There was only a little bit of drizzle on the bridge, but it was extremely slippy, which is why I slipped.

"It seems a poor surface for grip, especially when it's wet. It's certainly a concern.

"I'd like to hear from anyone else who's had an accident on the bridge. I can't believe I've been the first."

A spokesperson from Gateshead Council said that the organisation has received a letter from the boy's no win, no fee solicitor notifying them of his intention to make road traffic accident claim but said "it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."



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