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Hit And Run Road Traffic Accident in Dublin
Cyclist Peter Vaughan, aged 63, suffered multiple fractures to his leg and skull, injuries to his eye, damage to his kidney, and injuries to his shoulder, when he was hit from behind by a car while on holiday in Dublin, in October 2010.
Now, nine months later, the classic car lover from Nether Edge, Sheffield, is starting to make progress in his recovery. He was so badly injured in the accident that he struggled to visit his elderly father 130 miles away. He has been receiving extensive treatment at numerous hospitals, including four operations on his right leg and a blood transfusion following kidney damage.
Still wearing an external metal frame on his leg and only able to walk using crutches, Mr Vaughan is taking legal action in order to access the funds he needs to pay for his rehabilitation and look to move on with his life.
Jennifer Lund, his solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, has urged drivers to take more care on the roads to help reduce the number of life changing injuries. Statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) show that around 2,500 cyclists are killed or seriously injured on the roads every year, while a further 14,000 suffer less severe injuries as a result of road accidents.
Jennifer Lund said: "Mr Vaughan suffered extremely serious and multiple injuries as a result of this accident and is now going through a long process of rehabilitation.
"His injuries were suffered through no fault of his own and it is essential that he is able to access the highest level of care and rehabilitation available. Irwin Mitchell is committed to helping Mr Vaughan rebuild his life and make the best recovery possible.
"Motorists in all countries have a responsibility to drive carefully and safely. All too often careless or dangerous driving results in disastrous, life-changing consequences for the victims."
Mr Vaughan had been visiting his son in Clondalkin, Dublin, at the time of the incident. He had been to the local shop to collect a newspaper and was cycling back to his son’s house, when he was knocked off his bike by the car.
A local neighbour found Mr Vaughan lying unconscious at the side of the road and called an ambulance which rushed him to the High Dependency Unit at Adelaide and Meath Hospital. He was there for thirteen days before being discharged and allowed to return to his son’s house to recover.
Since being back in the UK he has undergone four operations on his right leg at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, as well as attending 23 out-patients’ clinics and physiotherapy classes at the hospital. He also needed treatment at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital on eight occasions, by specialists for his eye, bladder and kidney, and shoulder.
Mr Vaughan said: "My life has changed completely since the accident and nothing can turn the clock back. I used to love fell walking, DIY and travelling, but haven’t been able to do any of these things since my accident.
"I am also a classic car enthusiast but am unable to drive my 1956 MGA, and because of the difficulties in travelling I have hardly been able to visit my elderly father, who lives 130 miles away.
"My injuries have also had a significant impact on my wife, as I am no longer able to do any housework, gardening, cooking or cleaning. She also has to help me shower and change the dressings on my leg every day.
"A couple of years ago we both took early retirement to allow us to spend more time doing the things we enjoy and visiting our family. So far my accident has robbed us of eight months of what was supposed to be most precious time of our lives, and I know my ordeal is far from over."
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