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Nottingham Bike Crash - Brain Injury

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Bike Crash Incident 680-22052012 @nottspolice

Helmet Cam footage from my bike accident at Ruddington Lane, Wilford, Nottingham on 22-MAY-2012 (around 6pm).

I also have the GPS data on http://bit.ly/JeKLsa with #SportsTracker

Cycling south down Ruddington Lane towards Ruddington. I overtook 3 parked cars and initially thought that this fourth car was also parked. Looked behind me to overtake it and then just as I was overtaking the indicator flicked on and they had been waiting for a gap in the traffic to turn right.

The wonderful East Midlands Ambulance service arrived and strapped me into a head/neck brace and onto a spinal board. They also cut off most of my cycling kit.

I was taken to A&E at Nottingham Queens Medical Centre and remained on the spinal board for another 3 hours before being given the all clear from the CT scan and 8 X-rays.
I was kept in overnight and woken every 2 hours for observations before being released the following lunchtime into the care of a responsible adult (my wife).

14 days on and I still have the same headache and I'm still on pain killers. I have not been able to go back to work or even concentrate on a TV show for much more than a few minutes.

Nottinghamshire Police (Meadows station) took my helmet camera and have reviewed this footage. They describe this drivers driving as "poor" but that it wouldn't be a guaranteed prosecution so they are not taking this any further than speaking with the driver about her style.

I don't think the driver was indicating until I was alongside.
I don't think the driver checked their mirrors before turning.
I don't think the driver had the correct road position for the manoeuvre.

I don't think I should have tried to overtake.
I don't think I will be doing this again.

Update November 2012:
The British Cycling solicitors are still dealing with this. This week is the first week for the 5 months since the accident that I have been able to go without any pain killers. I'm back to work and probably at about 85% of what I was. My helmet might have stopped my skull from being damaged but my brain certainly took some impact.

Update September 2014:
Finally agreed a payout from the cars insurance.

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