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Top British cycling coach suffers brain injury
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Perhaps inevitably on the death of a very wealthy superstar, there has been much comment in the media on the terms of Michael Jacksons Will, details of which have already got into the public domain.
Only a day after 4 time Olympic Champion and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is knocked from his bike during a training ride, British Cycling Head Coach Shane Sutton has sustained a head injury and been diagnosed with bleeding on the brain after being involved in an incident on the A6 in Manchester yesterday.
The BBC reported that Shane was wearing a helmet and that a British Cycling spokesman stated that “the fact he was wearing a helmet probably saved him”. This demonstrates the vital importance of helmet protection and should encourage all keen and budding cyclists to put their own safety first before setting off out on their bikes.
British Cycling is calling on the government to put cycling at the heart of transport policy to ensure cycle safety as The Metro reports that the number of serious injuries to cyclists in road accidents increased by 16 per cent to 3,085 last year which is alarming.
Catherine Leech, Partner and cycling enthusiast here at Pannone,has blogged before about Bradley Wiggins’ call for changes in the law to prevent fatal and serious cycling accidents. As it stands it is not compulsory for British cyclists to wear a helmet, it is a matter of individual choice.
As serious injury lawyers, we are all too often approached by bereaved families, left devastated by a fatal cycling accident. While we can help them cope with the sudden death of a loved one by providing legal representation and advice throughout the Inquest and civil claim process, we cannot bring their loved ones back. Perhaps if the government take heed of the recommendations from British Cycling, fewer cyclists will be injured on our roads.
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