St Helier bike crash victim's foreign travel warning

A motorcyclist from Jersey critically injured in a crash in France nearly five years ago has urged fellow riders to take extra care on foreign roads.

Mark Taylor, 51, from St Helier, spent six months in hospital and nearly lost his leg in the accident in Brittany.

He was riding in convoy with 11 friends when two cars travelling on the opposite carriageway turned across his path and one hit him head-on.

The driver responsible for the crash left the scene and has not been traced.

Mr Taylor has undergone 18 operations is still receiving treatment for the injuries he received when he was flung along the road and into a ditch.

He fractured his spine and shattered the bones in his left leg so badly surgeons initially feared it may have to be amputated.

It has taken nearly five years for Mr Taylor to secure an undisclosed settlement to cover his loss of earnings and pay for his treatment.

He said he was still angry that no-one has ever been charged over the crash.

'High price'

"It was supposed to be a good day out with friends to celebrate my 47th birthday but it ended in disaster and I'm still living with the consequences.

"I never had a road traffic accident before and always put my safety first but, in a second, my life changed because of another motorist's actions.

"I'd urge anyone riding abroad this summer or in the future, whether it's in France or anywhere else, to be even more careful."

Laetitia Fouquet, from solicitors Irwin Mitchell, said: "Mr Taylor was not at fault in any way but he ended up paying a very high price while the driver responsible drove away."

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