Case Study

Cyclist Nigel Barclay seriously injured by 19-year-old driver who receives just £300 fine and 4 penalty points

Nigel Barclay was seriously injured when a 19-yr-old driver Harry Ledger turned across his path, causing him to fall.

Barclay was left with a serious brain injury, a fractured skull, face, broken arms, legs and pelvis. He was hospitalised for 2 months and has been left deaf in one ear and with double vision in one eye.

Ledger pleaded guilty to careless driving, and was given 4 penalty points and a £300 fine at South East Surrey Magistrates’ Court.

Malcolm Underhill, a Partner at IBB Solicitors, who is representing Mr Barclay, commented:

“As in many other cases of driving without due care and attention, insufficient regard has been given to the life- long impact of this incident upon Mr Barclay’s health, his family and their livelihood.”

“Mr Ledger may have been fined and his licence endorsed with 4 penalty points, but he is free to continue driving and, more importantly, get on with his life, while Mr Barclay and his family cannot continue with their life in the same way. Drivers who cause lasting damage to people’s lives through their carelessness need to be sent a clear message that their actions will not be treated lightly and that they will be held fully accountable for acting irresponsibly on the roads. Escaping with a small fine and a few points on a licence does not go far enough.”

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