A SHEFFIELD cyclist who was seriously injured when he was struck by a car on a roundabout says he can now move on after receiving a financial settlement.
Stewart Smith, aged 43, of Shiregreen, needed surgery to insert 15 screws, two metal plates and a length of wire through his right arm and elbow after the accident at Brook Hill roundabout in January last year. The wire was removed this year, but Mr Smith’s movement was left permanently restricted.
Road accident specialists at Irwin Mitchell recovered a settlement on his behalf - the amount has not been revealed - to help cover the costs of his care and rehabilitation as well as his legal costs and loss of earnings.
Mr Smith lost his job as a deputy manager of a residential children’s home as a result of his injuries, but has since his found work in a cycle shop and has set up a voluntary cycle club in Stocksbridge, which Irwin Mitchell sponsors.
Following the incident, the driver of the car drove off but police officers witnessing the crash were able to stop him further down the road. He was subsequently prosecuted for driving without due care and attention, and was given a £90 fine, four points on his license, a £15 victim surcharge and £35 in court costs.
At the time, Mr. Smith thought this was far too lenient a sentence owing to the extent of his injuries. He said: “After the impact the crash had on my life, the initial sentence felt like a real slap in the face. I was in and out of hospital, I was in pain, and I could no longer work at the job I loved.
“The driver attempted to flee the scene and yet only had to pay £140, meaning he was practically free to just drive away from court when I could barely walk.
“I am now getting my life back on track.
“This settlement does not put things back to how they were, but at least it gives me some form of justice and allows me to rebuild my life.
“Irwin Mitchell has been a great help, and although I can’t go back to my original job, thanks to them I’ve been able to work in something I love.”
Nicky Meese, a road traffic injury expert at Irwin Mitchell, said: “It a huge relief for Stewart that after his initial disappointment with the trial, we have been able to support him in getting his life back on track.”