Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP wins compensation for widow of cyclist
on: April 29, 2009, 3:03 am
Fisher Waterhouse LLP
firm Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP has won substantial compensation
for the widow of a cyclist killed in a fatal collision with an
HGV. The driver of the HGV collided with the cyclist, Stephen
Ferguson, despite the fact that Mr Ferguson was directly in front
of his vehicle.
April 2007, Mr Ferguson, a father of three from Dulwich in South
East London was cycling to work when he approached a set of traffic
lights on red. Passing a stationary HGV, he positioned himself
in front of it, ready to cycle off when the lights went green.
The driver, whose HGV was missing a nearside mirror, failed to
see Mr Ferguson in front of his vehicle and when the lights changed,
moved off, driving over Mr Ferguson and his bicycle, killing him
Ferguson's widow Emma instructed Field Fisher Waterhouse's personal
injury partner, Jill Greenfield and associate, Mark Bowman
to represent her in a claim against Hendricks Lovell Limited,
the haulage company which employed the driver of the HGV.
denied causing the road
traffic accident but during investigations it was established
that the driver had his radio on, had an open newspaper on the
passenger seat and was missing one of his mirrors. Hendricks finally
agreed to pay substantial financial compensation to Emma Ferguson
and her three young children, now aged six, four and one.
Bowman, solicitor at Field Fisher Waterhouse commented: "This
tragic case highlights the danger that HGVs pose to cyclists and
why they must be fitted with the correct mirrors. More needs to
be done to ensure that cycling in London is safe and that these
accidents happen far less."
Ferguson said: "I would like to thank Field Fisher Waterhouse
for all their amazing work. This will make a real difference to
the children's future. I am, and I know Stephen would be, very
grateful to them for that."
Note to Editors:
Case number: 41899.1.
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