Former soldier's road safety warning after car crash near Winterbourne ended his career
A FORMER soldier left with a life-changing brain injury after a head on-collision near Winterbourne is appealing to drivers to avoid distractions and buy a dash cam.
Iain Moore, 34, had just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan when the car he was a passenger in was hit head-on in Beacon Lane.
He had been on his way back from a special lunch to celebrate his birthday with his then fiancée, who is now his wife.
Another driver veered onto the wrong side of the road as they rounded the bend and collided with their car.
The couple were both badly injured as a result of the crash: Sophie suffered a shattered kneecap but was protected by an airbag, whereas Iain was thrown against the windscreen and suffered multiple injuries, including lacerations to his face and a broken breastbone.
Cut out of the car by the fire brigade, after emergency treatment he was transferred to Military Medical Centre Headley Court for further treatment.
But despite months of rehabilitation and the help and support of his family, the impact of the brain injury he sustained meant Iain had to be medically discharged from the Army, where he had served as a Corporal for 10 years in the Royal Signals.
Now a married father of two, Iain still suffers from memory loss and extreme exhaustion and has not been able to work since the crash, which happened in 2013. He has also struggled with depression since the crash and has spoken openly about feeling isolated as a result of what he calls a "hidden injury".
The driver of the other car denied causing serious injury by dangerous driving but later admitted the lesser charge of driving without due care and attention. He received a fine of £600 and 6 penalty points.
Iain then made a civil claim against the driver, with solicitors Simpson Millar, and has spoken about the incident, as he starts to produce short videos to tell his story and the knowledge he has gained, in a bid to help other people with acquired brain injuries.
Iain (above) spoke out to appeal to all road users to ‘think seriously’ about the potential damage of distractions such as texting or checking a mobile phone while driving when driving.
He has also urged all road users to invest in a dash cam which can provide vital evidence following a crash.
Iain, who now lives in Gloucestershire, said: “What happened on that day has had a devastating impact on my whole life. While I am incredibly grateful to still be here, and to have my wonderful family, the reality of my injuries is something I battle with every day.
“To know that all of this could have been avoided if the driver of the other car hadn’t been distracted is just heart-breaking.
“I also see a driver on their phone every time I go out for a walk or in the car. People need to realise this isn’t acceptable.
“I hope that by speaking up, others just take a minute to think about what they are doing before they act.
"Is that text really that important? If it is, please pull over. Don’t be the reason someone else suffers as we have.
“I would also really urge every single driver to invest in a dash cam. We’ve had a real battle to get to where we are and a lot of it depended on witnesses coming forward. A dash cam could have helped show what really happened and the process would have gone a lot quicker.
“I had to leave a job and life I adored, I had to accept that I was going to need help to do even some of the basic tasks of life, and I had to come to terms with the fact that I wasn’t going to be able to do the normal things dads do with their children, like going to soft play, or driving them to school."