Family’s agony a year after life-threatening accident

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The family of a promising IT professional who was left with serious brain injuries following a road accident have spoken of their “nightmare” as they urge drivers to be vigilant.

Daniel Carter, 30, suffered a fractured skull and brain haemorrhages when he was knocked off his bike by a car as he cycled to work in Leeds in September 2013.

Daniel, who also fractured his spine sustained a number of other injuries, has been confined to a wheelchair ever since and he remains in hospital 14 months after the incident. He is unlikely to return home for the forseeable future and is reliant on nursing staff and members of his family for care.

Daniel’s family have now spoken out this week to coincide with Road Safety Week, in a bid to highlight the damaging impact careless driving can have on lives.

His father Martyn said: “It has been a complete nightmare since the accident and the whole family has been affected by what happened to Daniel. He is still undergoing extensive treatment for his injuries and needs a lot of support and assistance from carers and healthcare staff to live his daily life. The crash has had a significant impact on Daniel and he continues to struggle to attempt to re-learn any day-to-day task.

“Over a year on from the accident we are still struggling to come to terms with the impact it has had on Daniel and we hope that by speaking out about the incident it will remind drivers to remain vigilant while behind the wheel and to look out for other road users.”