A young woman, who was injured when the brakes of a rented bike failed to work, has been awarded a settlement of compensation.
The accident occurred in July 2013 when Phyllis Bright, aged twenty-one from Lincoln, was visiting the Peak District with her boyfriend. The couple decided to cycle around the area and rented bicycles from the National Park Authority’s Fairholmes visitor centre. They then set off towards the Upper Derwent Valley.
Yet as they were cycling downhill towards the Abbey Brooke Bridge, Phyllis – who is training as a student nurse – noted that the brakes were not working. As such, to avoid crashing into a stone wall, she jumped from her bike and hit the ground at speed.
As a result of her fall, Phyllis suffered extensive cuts and bruises to her upper body and limbs, as well as injuries to her jaw. She was immediately taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield for treatment.
During her recovery, Phyllis sought legal counsel and proceeded to make a claim for personal injury compensation against the Peak District National Park Authority. In the claim she alleged that the rental bike was not adequately maintained. The organisation conceded liability and proceeded to offer the student a four-figure settlement of compensation.
After the announcement of the compensation settlement, Phyllis commented that “I’m glad I can now begin to put this all behind me and move on with my life after receiving a settlement from the park authority. Realising I had no brakes halfway down a steep hill with a stone bridge at the bottom of it was a scary experience. I never thought I’d end the day in an ambulance on the way to hospital with cuts and bruises all over me. The accident has left me with a number of scars that act as a long-term reminder of what happened and I really struggled to eat and sleep afterwards.”Read More