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Fran Millar Crash Claim Settled

Operations Director at British professional cycling team, Team SKY, settles claim against Council after serious cycling accident

19 September 2013

Lawyers from the cycling team at law firm Leigh Day have successfully settled a claim for the Head of Business Operations for the British professional cycling team, Team Sky, against Oldham Council after a defect in the road left her with a broken cheek, jaw, fingers and missing teeth.

Fran Millar, the sister of professional cyclist David Millar and part of the team which won this year’s Tour de France, was riding her bike along High Street in Oldham on 1 May 2010 when she swerved to miss a pothole in the road, however, in attempting to avoid one pothole she hit an even larger hole in the road caused by earlier road works.

Ms Millar was thrown from her bike and landed heavily on her face and hand and knocked unconscious. She was attended to by witnesses to the accident and taken to hospital where they discovered extensive injuries to her face and hands.

Ms Millar instructed Leigh Day through her British Cycling membership,

A cycling team lawyer said: “It was clear that the damage to the road, which caused this crash, was a result of poor resurfacing after the road had been dug up by the council for works to underground pipes.

“We all pay for the upkeep of the roads through our council tax and income tax, councils therefore have an obligation to ensure all roads are suitable and safe for all users.”

Fran Millar who is now back at work and recently completed the Etape du Tour, a 198KM amateur stage of the Tour de France, 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.”

“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 road works I would have been forced out into the road into the path of motorists. Having safe roads benefits everyone.”

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