September 1st, 2016
Well-known entrepreneur and multi-millionaire business man Richard Branson has been involved in a cycle accident which has left him battered and bruised.
The accident happened on the island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Isles where he was out on a training cycle ride for the Virgin Strive Challenge, with his two children, Holly and Sam. He was cycling fairly fast at the time and was dismounted after hit a road bump at speed due to the light fading causing bad visibility.
He said: “I went cycling on Virgin Gorda with Holly and Sam as part of my training for the Virgin Strive Challenge.
“I was heading down a hill towards Leverick Bay when it suddenly got really dark and I managed to hit a ‘sleeping policeman’ hump in the road head on.
“The next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes.”
“I really thought I was going to die. I went flying head-first towards the concrete road, but fortunately my shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact, and I was wearing a helmet that saved my life.”
“My bike went flying off the cliff and disappeared. We’ve since recovered the crumpled bicycle, completely destroyed. My cheek has been badly damaged and my knee, chin, shoulder and body severely cut.
Hospital X-rays revealed he had sustained a cracked cheek and torn some ligaments.
“It has been quite a year, I’ve been in the wars knocking my teeth out playing tennis not once but twice, and also being kissed by a ray and running into a bullet proof door.”
On this occasion there was no-one to blame for the accident but if you are in a cycle accident that wasn’t your fault which caused you pain and loss of income, due to loss of work or medical costs, then those responsible should compensate you.
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