Aiden Forster, Bradford, West Yorkshire, July 2012

Enthusiastic cyclist Aiden was cycling up a hill when he was hit from behind by a 4×4 driver. Aiden suffered multiple vertebral fractures as a result of the collision. He was in hospital for 5 days and off work for 4 months. He could not sit down for months, which made any form of travel very difficult.
Due to his injuries he has not been able to take care of his two young children since the incident.

The attending police officer implicitly blamed Aiden for the incident stating: “You cyclists take your lives into your own hands”. Despite a number of vehicles present at the scene, the police did not take any witness statements. The police accepted the driver’s explanation that he had been ‘dazzled by sunlight’ and hadn’t seen Aiden on the hill, but the police did not analyse the sun’s position in the sky at the time of the collision to verify this claim or comment that the driver should have adjusted their speed if they could not see the road ahead of them.

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