16 June 2010
Cyclist who suffered serious injuries in crash seeks compensation
A man who sustained serious injuries as a result of a cycling accident is taking legal action in a bid to secure damages.
Four years ago, Alexandra Kotula was on his way home when he passed some roadworks, the Ashley Ainsworth reports.
As he did so, he collided with a lorry and was knocked off his bike.
So hard was the force of the impact that he experienced amnesia and he now relies on a wheelchair.
According to Mr Kotula, the roadworks were unsafe because the corridor left for pedestrians was not wide enough and was filled with obstacles.
He is suing Morrison Utility Services, Birch Utilities and EDF Energy - which employs around 20,000 people and describes itself as one of the UK's largest energy suppliers.
All the firms deny liability and note that he was riding on the pavement at the time of the incident, rather than pushing his bike.
A decision on the case is expected soon at the High Court.