Delivery truck involved in accident with cyclist

Date: May 01, 2014

A cyclist who was trapped under a delivery truck for almost an hour at St Peters earlier this week is lucky to be alive.

Anthony Platts-Baggs was left pinned under the truck at the intersection of May Street and Princes Highway, and it took paramedics close to an hour to free him.

The 26-year-old was taken to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Mr Platts-Baggs is a member of the Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club and a member posted on their Facebook page and reported that he had suffered a fractured pelvis. The post also noted that many people had recognised his bike from media images.

Police said he was cycling north on the Princes Highway and somehow his bike got tangled in the truck's rear wheels.

A witness said she heard a lot of screams, but were not sure whether someone was in danger. After seeing other passers-by run over to the truck, she called triple zero.

The crash stalled traffic in the area for a number of hours as the scene was cleared and police began their forensic work. Investigations were continuing by police as they try to piece together information from witnesses and the truck's driver. One witness told the Sydney Morning Herald that he could hear the pain in the cyclist's screams as he lay under the truck.

"He was quite pale, his whole body was quite pale, but we could see him move his hands.''

The Australian Post driver was uninjured in the crash, but was taken to hospital for compulsory blood and urine testing.

Increasing trend

Data from Transport for NSW says there were seven cyclists killed on state roads last year and there have already been five in 2014.

With this upward trend of car accidents involving cyclists, there are calls to introduce more dedicated cycle lanes and increase education on both sides.

Cyclist visibility also remains an issue with many not wearing brighter coloured clothing so drivers can see where they are.

The important thing to remember about car accidents in NSW is that you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to cyclists as well as passengers injured in car accidents, pedestrians crossing the road and pillion passengers on motorbikes.

It is important to contact an car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advise about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.