Derbyshire biker 'lost memory' after crash with cow

Mr Robert's bike after the accident Mr Roberts said police found him after being called by another driver who almost collided with the same cow

Related Stories

A man seriously hurt when he hit a cow while on his motorbike in Derbyshire is still dealing with the effects.

Ben Roberts, from Chesterfield, suffered a collapsed lung and brain haemorrhage and has not regained his memory of the weeks after the crash.

He recently received a "substantial" payout over the accident between Matlock and Chesterfield in April 2011.

The farmer, who disputes responsibility, said he did all he could to secure fences.

Mr Roberts was returning from work late at night when he hit the animal, damaging his shoulder as he went through the motorbike's windshield.

Regular checks
Mr Robert's bike after the accident Mr Roberts said his bike still had cow hair on it following the accident

"It was the police that found me because they were called by another driver who almost collided with the same cow," he said.

"I lost about five or six weeks. I try not to think about it too much but it is fairly confusing to lose so much of your life.

"I have no recollection of the crash and that time afterwards."

Mr Roberts said he did not want to disclose the exact sum of compensation but said it was "enough to cover the injuries and any long term problems I may have".

Farmer Richard Gill, whose insurers previously had to pay a four figure sum to a driver who hit an escaped buffalo, insists he does all he can to prevent problems.

"We farm over 1,000 head of cattle on over 1,000 acres," he said. "There is very little we can do apart from our best.

"All of our fields are fenced, they are all electrified, all the fields are checked daily by staff.

"When cows get out as a result of footpath gates being left open or motorists backing into walls, there is very little we can do."

While admitting one of his cows was out on the night of Mr Roberts' accident, Mr Gill claimed other farmers' animals had also escaped.

More on This Story

Related Stories

BBC Derby

Weather

Derby

20 °C 15 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    Adam Peaty Leisure Centre? 08:17:

    Uttoxeter's Oldfield Road Leisure Centre could be renamed after the town's Commonwealth Games swimming champion Adam Peaty.

    Uttoxeter's Oldfield Road Leisure Centre which is undergoing redevelopment

    The deputy mayor of the town says they are exploring ways of celebrating Peaty's achievements and is considering renaming the centre, which he once trained at, when the refurbishment is complete.

     
  2.  
    Heavy traffic on A61 08:08:

    There's heavy traffic on the A61 Sir Frank Whittle Road in both directions in Derby at Pentagon Island.

    Read the latest disruption on Derbyshire's roads on BBC Travel News.

     
  3.  
    Chance of showers 08:02: Mel Coles BBC Weather

    It's a dry start with bright or sunny spells but there will also be a few showers around today.

    They'll move into some places later this morning and could be heavy and thundery before clearing southwards.

    In any sunshine it should feel pleasant with highs of 21C (70F).

     
  4.  
    Good morning 08:00: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    A lovely burst of sunshine over Derbyshire this morning. I snapped this on my way into work.

    Sunshine over Derbyshire

    I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Derbyshire.

     

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.