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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Dorchester headteacher killed after cycling crash


    At the beginning of January 2015, a 46 year old husband and father of three children sustained fatal injuries in a cycling crash in his home town, Dorchester.

    The incident

    Apparently, Paul Miller, a head teacher of a St Andrew’s Primary School in Yetminster, was hit by a car while cycling home along the B3147 after work.

    The car, a black Fiat, driven by a 62 year old man, struck Miller from behind at 18:43 hrs, inflicting fatal injuries that caused Miller to die at the scene.

    The Fiat driver was treated at the scene by paramedics and subsequently taken to the County Hospital, where his condition was later described as stable.

    Determining responsibility

    As the exact circumstances of this road traffic accident are not known, it is not possible to positively determine who was at fault, in this instance.

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    It does, however, look like the driver failed to see Miller cycling in his path. There are two possible reasons for this:

    • The car driver may have been inattentive and/or speeding
    • Miller could not be seen until it was too late because he was wearing dark clothing and/or cycling without lights

    As Miller was apparently a keen cyclist who regularly used this route, the latter explanation does, however, seem unlikely. If the former explanation was the cause of this tragic traffic accident, Miller’s family may be eligible to claim for cycling injury compensation.

    Why the family should claim

    Getting compensation will by no means lessen the distress that the loss of a loved one inflicts on a family. It can, however, ease the financial worries that losing a main income provider’s earnings can cause, as well as helping with any funeral costs incurred.

    Claiming for road accident injury compensation may also help to prevent future, potentially equally tragic, accidents on the road by making the responsible driver drive more assertively.

    Claiming for a road-related accident

    If you lose a loved one or are injured in a cycling, car or motorcycling accident caused by another driver, call Accident Advice Helpline and one of our friendly advisers about claiming for personal injury compensation.

    Caring and knowledgeable, our advisers will handle your call with sensitivity and in complete confidentiality, as will any member of the legal team who is assigned to your case.

    As your injury claim will be processed under a 100 per cent no-win no-fee agreement, you also do not have to worry about adding to your financial worries by making a claim.

    Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.

    Date Published: March 2, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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