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Wrists-break Inverness cyclist awarded damages

A father-of-three who was badly hurt as he cycled to work has been awarded £26,000 damages.

The Court of Session in Edinburgh heard Douglas Dickson, of Inverness, broke both wrists when he stopped suddenly to avoid a collision with a van.

The 40-year-old was unable to go to work and his bike was damaged.

Van driver Stuart Kinsman and his employer, Centrica Ltd, agreed a damages figure but disputed that they were to blame.

Mr Dickson told how he was cycling along Ferntower Avenue, Culloden, in July 2008 as he had many times before.

He claimed he had to apply his brakes hard to avoid a collision with Mr Kinsman's van after it appeared him that the vehicle was not stopping at a junction.

Mr Dickson denied that he had hit the kerb because he had "other things on his mind" as he prepared to begin a busy schedule at work at Lifescan Ltd in Inverness.

Judge Lord Boyd of Duncansby said he accepted Mr Dickson's account and ruled that any minor inconsistencies were understandable.

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