East Lancs chef back at work after going head first through car window

Chef James Atkinson  back at work at the Kettledrum in Cliviger

Chef James Atkinson back at work at the Kettledrum in Cliviger

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

A PUB chef returned to work just three days after a nasty crash on his bicycle left him lying unconscious in the road.

James Atkinson was not wearing a helmet when he was involved in the collision with a car in Church Street, Burnley, last Wednesday, and his head and shoulder smashed through the side window of the vehicle.

But the 27-year-old was back in the kitchen at Cliviger’s Kettledrum Inn on Saturday night nursing a shoulder injury, a broken tooth and cuts and bruising.

He added: “It happened suddenly and I didn’t have time to do anything about it. I went into the side door and my head hit the window.

“The next thing I knew I was flat out on the road and just regaining consciousness. I think I was out for about 10 minutes.

“I wasn’t wearing a helmet and it was quite a big impact, but I think my shoulder must have hit and broken the glass first before my head went through. I’ll definitely wear a helmet from now on, I’ve learnt my lesson there.”

He said he was travelling between 20 and 30mph before the collision with a car turning right into Ormerod Road.

The driver called an ambulance and James, of Barden Lane, was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital, where he had seven stitches to his shoulder and checks on a cracked tooth.

He added: “It was just one of those things. I suppose it’s quite quick to go back to work but I didn’t have any broken bones and wanted to go back. I’ve had to sleep on a camp bed because my shoulder’s so sore, but other than that I’m okay.”

Although he was left shaken up by the crash, and his road bike was snapped in two, the former Mansfield High School pupil said he would be ‘straight back on the road’ when he gets a new bike.

James also urged all motorists to be extra vigilant on the roads this summer as more cyclists take advantage of the warm weather.

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12:57pm Wed 30 Jul 14

JayEss says...

A helmet wouldn't have stopped the shoulder injury or the broken teeth. In fact the presence or not of a helmet in this incident is completely irrelevant.
The lesson here is not about helmets its for people in cars to pay more attention.
A helmet wouldn't have stopped the shoulder injury or the broken teeth. In fact the presence or not of a helmet in this incident is completely irrelevant. The lesson here is not about helmets its for people in cars to pay more attention. JayEss
  • Score: 5

1:57pm Wed 30 Jul 14

rudis_dad says...

JayEss wrote:
A helmet wouldn't have stopped the shoulder injury or the broken teeth. In fact the presence or not of a helmet in this incident is completely irrelevant.
The lesson here is not about helmets its for people in cars to pay more attention.
Typical reaction. No it wouldn't have stopped the shoulder injury, but it might have asorbed some of the impact which resulted in Jim losing consciousness. The very fact that he was rendered unconscious would indicate that he suffered an injury to the brain and/or spinal cord. He's got off very lightly indeed, given the fact that he's hit the side of the car head first.
[quote][p][bold]JayEss[/bold] wrote: A helmet wouldn't have stopped the shoulder injury or the broken teeth. In fact the presence or not of a helmet in this incident is completely irrelevant. The lesson here is not about helmets its for people in cars to pay more attention.[/p][/quote]Typical reaction. No it wouldn't have stopped the shoulder injury, but it might have asorbed some of the impact which resulted in Jim losing consciousness. The very fact that he was rendered unconscious would indicate that he suffered an injury to the brain and/or spinal cord. He's got off very lightly indeed, given the fact that he's hit the side of the car head first. rudis_dad
  • Score: 0

2:10pm Wed 30 Jul 14

greenscreener says...

JayEss wrote:
A helmet wouldn't have stopped the shoulder injury or the broken teeth. In fact the presence or not of a helmet in this incident is completely irrelevant.
The lesson here is not about helmets its for people in cars to pay more attention.
Not everyone is so lucky, the lesson must always be wear a helmet.

You continue to put your faith in lecturing motorists and improving driving standards, good luck with that.
[quote][p][bold]JayEss[/bold] wrote: A helmet wouldn't have stopped the shoulder injury or the broken teeth. In fact the presence or not of a helmet in this incident is completely irrelevant. The lesson here is not about helmets its for people in cars to pay more attention.[/p][/quote]Not everyone is so lucky, the lesson must always be wear a helmet. You continue to put your faith in lecturing motorists and improving driving standards, good luck with that. greenscreener
  • Score: 3

3:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

POW WOW says...

JayEss wrote:
A helmet wouldn't have stopped the shoulder injury or the broken teeth. In fact the presence or not of a helmet in this incident is completely irrelevant.
The lesson here is not about helmets its for people in cars to pay more attention.
Nor would it have stopped the head injury........like in the Schumacher case.
[quote][p][bold]JayEss[/bold] wrote: A helmet wouldn't have stopped the shoulder injury or the broken teeth. In fact the presence or not of a helmet in this incident is completely irrelevant. The lesson here is not about helmets its for people in cars to pay more attention.[/p][/quote]Nor would it have stopped the head injury........like in the Schumacher case. POW WOW
  • Score: 6

4:09pm Wed 30 Jul 14

JayEss says...

Sigh. Is the usual responses.
A guy got hit by a car, that is the problem. Helmet or not, he'd still be hit by the car.
The sooner we stop being concerned about a polystyrene hat and concentrate on the actual issue then the sooner we improve road conditions for everyone.
Sigh. Is the usual responses. A guy got hit by a car, that is the problem. Helmet or not, he'd still be hit by the car. The sooner we stop being concerned about a polystyrene hat and concentrate on the actual issue then the sooner we improve road conditions for everyone. JayEss
  • Score: 10

5:39pm Wed 30 Jul 14

greenscreener says...

JayEss wrote:
Sigh. Is the usual responses.
A guy got hit by a car, that is the problem. Helmet or not, he'd still be hit by the car.
The sooner we stop being concerned about a polystyrene hat and concentrate on the actual issue then the sooner we improve road conditions for everyone.
No, You can lecture to motorists all you like but if and when an incident occurs it really doesn't matter who's fault it is, cyclists are the vulnerable ones.

To belittle crash helmets is totally irresponsible of you.
[quote][p][bold]JayEss[/bold] wrote: Sigh. Is the usual responses. A guy got hit by a car, that is the problem. Helmet or not, he'd still be hit by the car. The sooner we stop being concerned about a polystyrene hat and concentrate on the actual issue then the sooner we improve road conditions for everyone.[/p][/quote]No, You can lecture to motorists all you like but if and when an incident occurs it really doesn't matter who's fault it is, cyclists are the vulnerable ones. To belittle crash helmets is totally irresponsible of you. greenscreener
  • Score: 3

7:00pm Wed 30 Jul 14

just_me_again says...

greenscreener wrote:
JayEss wrote:
Sigh. Is the usual responses.
A guy got hit by a car, that is the problem. Helmet or not, he'd still be hit by the car.
The sooner we stop being concerned about a polystyrene hat and concentrate on the actual issue then the sooner we improve road conditions for everyone.
No, You can lecture to motorists all you like but if and when an incident occurs it really doesn't matter who's fault it is, cyclists are the vulnerable ones.

To belittle crash helmets is totally irresponsible of you.
Plastic mushrooms are PROVEN to be useless. The sticker says on the inside they're useless above 12mph....proven scientific fact...plastic mushrooms are useless.

Only silly sheep wear them.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JayEss[/bold] wrote: Sigh. Is the usual responses. A guy got hit by a car, that is the problem. Helmet or not, he'd still be hit by the car. The sooner we stop being concerned about a polystyrene hat and concentrate on the actual issue then the sooner we improve road conditions for everyone.[/p][/quote]No, You can lecture to motorists all you like but if and when an incident occurs it really doesn't matter who's fault it is, cyclists are the vulnerable ones. To belittle crash helmets is totally irresponsible of you.[/p][/quote]Plastic mushrooms are PROVEN to be useless. The sticker says on the inside they're useless above 12mph....proven scientific fact...plastic mushrooms are useless. Only silly sheep wear them. just_me_again
  • Score: 1

7:19pm Wed 30 Jul 14

JayEss says...

greenscreener wrote:
JayEss wrote:
Sigh. Is the usual responses.
A guy got hit by a car, that is the problem. Helmet or not, he'd still be hit by the car.
The sooner we stop being concerned about a polystyrene hat and concentrate on the actual issue then the sooner we improve road conditions for everyone.
No, You can lecture to motorists all you like but if and when an incident occurs it really doesn't matter who's fault it is, cyclists are the vulnerable ones.

To belittle crash helmets is totally irresponsible of you.
No. Not irresponsible at all. What is irresponsible is focusing on the victims clothing instead of dealing with why the incident occurred in the first place.
Try to fix the problem and not the results of the problem.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JayEss[/bold] wrote: Sigh. Is the usual responses. A guy got hit by a car, that is the problem. Helmet or not, he'd still be hit by the car. The sooner we stop being concerned about a polystyrene hat and concentrate on the actual issue then the sooner we improve road conditions for everyone.[/p][/quote]No, You can lecture to motorists all you like but if and when an incident occurs it really doesn't matter who's fault it is, cyclists are the vulnerable ones. To belittle crash helmets is totally irresponsible of you.[/p][/quote]No. Not irresponsible at all. What is irresponsible is focusing on the victims clothing instead of dealing with why the incident occurred in the first place. Try to fix the problem and not the results of the problem. JayEss
  • Score: 2

8:51pm Wed 30 Jul 14

bluewindow says...

POW WOW wrote:
JayEss wrote:
A helmet wouldn't have stopped the shoulder injury or the broken teeth. In fact the presence or not of a helmet in this incident is completely irrelevant.
The lesson here is not about helmets its for people in cars to pay more attention.
Nor would it have stopped the head injury........like in the Schumacher case.
Pow pow you clown Schumacher would dead if not for his crash helmet. Should be made law you ride a bike you have to wear I helmet.
[quote][p][bold]POW WOW[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JayEss[/bold] wrote: A helmet wouldn't have stopped the shoulder injury or the broken teeth. In fact the presence or not of a helmet in this incident is completely irrelevant. The lesson here is not about helmets its for people in cars to pay more attention.[/p][/quote]Nor would it have stopped the head injury........like in the Schumacher case.[/p][/quote]Pow pow you clown Schumacher would dead if not for his crash helmet. Should be made law you ride a bike you have to wear I helmet. bluewindow
  • Score: -2

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