17.01.2012

Cyclist awarded £4m following poor eyesight driver crash

Cyclist awarded £4m following poor eyesight driver crash

By Alexa Kaczka

A cyclist has been awarded £4 million in compensation following a road accident in which he was hit by a driver with defective vision and was left seriously injured.

Patrice Gougam, 55, was knocked down in a November 2009 incident on the Great North Road between Barnet and Potters Bar, when motorist Michael Elliott, who had cataracts and glaucoma, drove into him, the London Evening Standard reported.

Mr Gougam was in a coma for three months and spent a half a year at the National Hospital for Neurosurgery and Neurology in Bloomsbury as part of a 21-month rehabilitation programme after the accident.

The compensation will be used to pay for the round-the-clock care he now requires, and Mr Gougam"s wife said she hopes the incident will encourage drivers with poor vision to get their eyes tested to see if they require vision correction.

In a statement, Mrs Gougam"s solicitors said: "She dearly wishes other motorists to be more aware and patient of cyclists on London"s busy roads, so as to reduce the increasing number of tragic stories covering both fatalities and life-changing injuries sustained by cyclist."

by Alexa Kaczka


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