A 32 year old mother, who has been left with permanent disability after a horrific accident while she was cycling, is battling for serious personal injury compensation.
Tara Butterfield was cycling to her job as a Revenue and Customs officer in Littlehampton when the incident happened. She was hit on the back of the head by a car wing mirror as it carelessly overtook her. The accident fractured her skull and caused her to have a brain haemorrhage. She was in intensive care for a week battling for her life. Doctors later informed Ms Butterfield that if the car had been travelling just one mile an hour faster, she would not have survived.
The driver of the car, Andrew Poole, was convicted of careless driving and given six penalty points on his license. He was also fined £200.
The crash has left Ms Butterfield with serious disabilities. She suffered brain injuries which have left her memory, balance and concentration problems. She has been left deaf in one ear and unable to walk very far unaided. She has been forced to give up her job.
Ms Butterfield is now claiming serious personal injury compensation from the insurers of the vehicle driven by Mr Poole to help with her rehabilitation. Allianz insurance has admitted liability for the incident but are currently in discussions with the aim of deciding the amount to be awarded. The compensation payout is expected to be in the region of £300,000.