UK Courts view cyclists as “second class citizens” claims injured cyclist

Julie Dinsdale, a midwife whose injured leg was amputated following a collision with a Tesco delivery lorry at a roundabout in central London in 2015, has expressed her disappointment at the sentence handed down to the offending driver.

Florin Oprea, who had only recently been granted an HGV licence to work as a driver at the time the accident occurred, was given a £625 fine following his conviction for driving without due care and attention at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Dinsdale described in her victim statement how her injuries had completely changed her life. Previously, she had been an accomplished cyclist and runner, having been the ninth female finisher in the San Francisco marathon on 2013, and, only a week prior to the accident, having completed the 3 peaks cyclocross event in Yorkshire for the sixth time. She expressed her frustration of the leniency of the sentence, but also her concern that Mr Oprea would continue to drive HGV vehicles on London’s roads.

What has happened to me is devastating and I would hate for someone else to go through the same. Despite cycling now being one of the country’s most loved sports, especially following the success of the British cycling team at successive Olympics, and the growing popularity of cycling as a means of transport in London, cyclists remain second class citizens on the roads in the UK. This is reflected by the behaviour of drivers and the Courts”

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