Injured Leeds biker sues motorist for £300,000

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A Leeds motorcyclist who was seriously injured in a motoring accident six years ago is suing the driver of a car who pulled out in front of him for over £300,000.

Robert McPherson, 55, from Calverley, was left seriously injured after a car driver pulled out in front of him while he was riding his motorbike in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

Mr McPherson, who was a self-employed electrician, is now suing driver Michael Kitching, from Northallerton, for over £300,000 for his injuries and for loss of earnings.

In a High Court writ Mr McPherson claims that “negligent” Kitching, who was driving a Toyota Corolla, pulled into his path on the B6271 in North Yorkshire.

It claims that as a result Mr McPherson had to take “evasive” action on his Moto Guzzi motorbike but he was unable to avoid a collision.

He suffered multiple fractures to his right hip and forearm, left shoulder and ribs.

He also suffered a pelvis injury, scarring and a pulmonary embolism, which is a blockage of the main artery of the lung.

Mr McPherson now claims that he has been unable to return to work since the incident on June 11 2008 because of the injuries he sustained.

He also relies on help from other people for many of his day to day tasks such as washing, dressing, personal care, cooking and mobility.

The writ says: “As a direct result of the injuries sustained in the index accident, the Claimant is now handicapped on the open labour market.

“At the time of the accident the Claimant was a self-employed electrician, fulfilling a hands on role as director of his own business.

“Following the accident, and because of the injuries sustained, the Claimant is now less able to complete the duties required within his business.

“The medical evidence confirms that the Claimant will not be able to return to the work that he did and highlights that there may be further problems with, in particular, the Claimant’s hip.”

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