A cyclist who was injured in a crash with a car is seeking compensation from Halfords, whose poor repair she blames for causing the incident.
Experienced cyclist Kath Percival suffered the accident in February this year, as she cycled near Clitheroe, Lancashire. The 49 year old reports to the Lancashire Evening Post that prior to the incident she had took her bike into a Halfords store.
Mrs Percival had signed up for a 12 month service plan for her bicycle and the service had taken place a couple of days before she set off riding. However, whilst she began riding it again she noticed a problem with gear mechanism not changing down.
She took the bike to another Halfords store on her cycle route and picked it up an hour later, when staff said they had fixed the problem by making an adjustment. However, while she was cycling home the gear mechanism made a sudden unexpected movement as she approached a roundabout.
This movement caused Mrs Percival to lose her balance and hit a car. She suffered injury to her leg, consisting of cuts and pain. The injury took months to heal.
Mrs Percival is now reportedly making a cycle accident claim after an independent engineer found numerous faults on the bike that should have been spotted and fixed by Halfords.
A spokesperson for the company has issued an apology to Mrs Percival.