Published: 20 September 2013
Fran Millar, has successfully claimed for compensation against Oldham council after hitting a pothole left her with a broken cheek, jaw, fingers and missing teeth, thanks to help from her British Cycling membership.
Millar, Head of Operations at Team Sky, and sister of British rider David Millar, was injured in May 2010, after swerving to miss a pot hole only to ride into a bigger one that had been left behind by previous road works.
Through her British Cycling membership, Fran’s case was taken on by Penny Knight of law firm Leigh Day. Penny successfully won damages from Oldham council to compensate Fran for her time off work, her injuries and the damage to her bike.
Fran, who is now back riding her bike and recently completed the gruelling 198km Etape du Tour earlier this year said:
“I feel extremely lucky to be back on my bike again with both my physical and mental scars healed or healing. A crash like this happens so suddenly it can shake your entire confidence on the bike, one minute you are cycling along the next you’re being wheeled into an accident and emergency department.”
British Cycling have long campaigned to make the roads safer for cyclists to ride on and ensuring that the quality of road surfaces is up to standard is a key part of this.
Millar added: “More people need to be encouraged to ride their bikes. We are now a cycling nation and councils must make sure that we can all enjoy the road safely. Had I not hit the pothole caused by these roadworks I would have been forced out into the road and into the path of motorists. Having safe roads benefits everyone.”