BE SAFE: Steve Hatherell is grateful to be alive after being hit by a B-double truck.
BE SAFE: Steve Hatherell is grateful to be alive after being hit by a B-double truck. Megan Masters

Cyclist recovers after being hit by a B-double truck

THERE were a few big life lessons in store for Toowoomba cyclist Steve Hatherell as he recovered from being hit by a B-double truck.

And after eight months of serious rehabilitation and adjusting to life in a wheelchair, he's ready to share them with other road users.

Of course, the first lesson is that bad luck happens.

Despite hand-picking the roads he would travel on early in the morning of March 16 last year, wearing all the safety gear and travelling along a wide shoulder, he was still hit by the truck.

As far as he knows, the evidence suggested the driver was blinded by driving into the rising sun.

But there were a few things that could have made the situation go differently.

"From a cycling perspective, there's not much I would do differently, but I would say to all road users to pay attention and share the roads," he said.

"You might be in a hurry to get past a cyclist, but just remember they are a human and deserve to make it home.

"Don't skimp on your helmet. I had a fractured eye socket and if it wasn't for the $300 helmet I was wearing I don't think I would be here today.

"I would also tell people to avoid riding solo if possible. If that truck driver hadn't stopped, where I came to rest was in really high grass and I think I could have had the crows pecking me for a week before anyone found me if he hadn't stopped that day."



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