Elaine McKnight, Croydon, Surrey, May 2009

Elaine was hit by a car driver who overtook her but underestimated the speed she was travelling at and hit her as the car pulled back in. Elaine was thrown head first over her handlebars. At the scene of the collision the driver claimed she hadn’t seen Elaine, which seems implausible as she had manoeuvred to overtake her.

Elaine suffered a broken jaw, lost four front teeth, and had a minor spinal injury. She was off work for 10 weeks, had six screws and two titanium plates put in her jaw, underwent physiotherapy to regain her voice and visited an osteopath for two months to recover from her back injuries. Elaine’s jaw will never fully realign, this means that whenever she relaxes her tongue muscles her jaw slips out of place. Elaine cannot eat things that need biting because her teeth do not align. The driver was found guilty of careless driving and was given 5 penalty points and fined £66.

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