A third-year nursing student from Lincoln has settled her injury claim for a cycling accident due to a faulty bike for an undisclosed four-figure amount.
In the summer of 2013, Phyllis Bright and her boyfriend drove from Lincoln to the Upper Derwent Valley in the Peak District, and rented bikes from the Fairholmes Visitor Centre – intending to spend the day cycling around the countryside. Soon after the couple left the Fairholmes Visitor Centre, and started descending a steep hill, Phyllis realised that the brakes on her bike were not working.
Phyllis jumped from her bike to avoid hitting the stone wall of the Abbey Brooke Bridge and suffered multiple injuries due to landing on the tarmacked road. She was taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, where she received treatment for cuts and bruises to her chest, legs and arms, and a jaw injury. Due to the jaw injury, Phyllis was unable to eat without pain for two months, and she now has multiple scars as a reminder of her accident.
Phyllis sought legal advice and made an injury claim for a cycling accident due to a faulty bike against the Peak District National Park Authority. In her legal action, Phyllis alleged that the rental bike had not been correctly maintained or checked for safety before being provided for her. The Peak District National Park Authority admitted negligence and a four-figure settlement of the claim was negotiated.
Speaking with the Sun newspaper after her injury claim for a cycling accident due to a faulty bike had been settled, Phyllis said: “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. 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.”