Trauma surgeon discusses how a change in liability could help to keep cyclists out of hospital.

A consultant orthopaedic trauma surgeon recently discussed how “out of step” the UK is in terms of its liability system for vulnerable road users. The high levels of vehicle and bike collisions see an abundance of accident claims. However, the majority of cyclists seriously injured in road traffic incidents, or the families of those killed, typically battle through the legal process for more than two years before receiving compensation. This is despite the fact that many cases brought to court are found against the motorist and in favour of the cyclist.

A consultant orthopaedic trauma surgeon recently discussed how “out of step” the UK is in terms of its liability system for vulnerable road users. The high levels of vehicle and bike collisions see an abundance of accident claims. However, the majority of cyclists seriously injured in road traffic incidents, or the families of those killed, typically battle through the legal process for more than two years before receiving compensation. This is despite the fact that many cases brought to court are found against the motorist and in favour of the cyclist.

The surgeon discussed how it is only “a matter of time” before strict liability or some form of it becomes law in the UK as this will enable cyclists in road traffic accidents to be compensated fairly and quickly. Stringent liability should introduce a structure which identifies responsibility in the event of a road traffic accident, bringing clarity and certainty to the legal process.

 

Having been at the forefront of the injuries that affect many cyclists on the road today, the consultant probed for a change in our current system where simply a motorist should be presumed liable for insurance purposes when they hit a cyclist and cyclists presumed liable when they hit a pedestrian.

 

If you have been involved in a Cycling accident that wasn’t your fault you could be entitled to compensation. Contact our team today on 01625 506655.