Bike injury boy wins crash compensation from Halfords

Halfords has paid £12,500 to a boy who had his spleen removed after he JRAed into a tree when the brakes on his Apollo bike failed. The crash happened six years ago. The bike was bought in a box, assembled at home and later serviced by Halfords. The company does not admit liability.
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According to IC Wales, Berwyn Pearce, of Pontypridd, was aged 11 when he lost control of the bike. Pearce, now 18, suffered two broken ribs and a ruptured spleen.

Halfords, which sold and serviced Pearce's Apollo Guru bike, has now agreed to pay him £12,500 in compensation. The company has not accepted liability for the accident.

Pearce said:

"The bike was a present from my mum and dad. It came in a box and my dad put it together but before the crash we took it down to Halfords to get it serviced. I'd taken it out three times before the brakes failed.

"The steering went as well and that's when I hit the tree."

Pearce's lawyer, Clare Griffiths of Russell Jones and Walker in Cardiff, said:

"When you take something to be serviced you expect someone to do a good job. It's particularly important with cars and bikes because, as this case show, you can be seriously injured."

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