16 February 2010
Cyclist seeks compensation over near-fatal car accident
A woman who was nearly killed in a road accident three years ago is seeking compensation.
Yvonne Abbess was cycling along George Lane in South Woodford in April 2007 when a motorist allegedly opened his car door, the Guardian Series reports.
As a result of the move, she was thrown from her bike and suffered serious brain injuries.
Now, the 72-year-old has to have her husband manage her affairs.
According to her legal team, the motorist was negligent in his actions because he failed to ensure it was safe to open his door.
Ms Abbess had to spend nine months in hospital after the fall due to the severity of the damage she sustained.
Those who suffer injures in road accidents and who are not able to trace the driver they hold responsible may be able to claim compensation through the Motor Insurers' Bureaux.