Cycle Industry News)
17 May, 2018
A recommendation by the Justice Select Committee to exclude vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, from reforms to personal injury claims has been hailed as a victory by Cycling UK which submitted evidence as part of the reforms consultation.
Under the Government proposals, road users would be subject to stricter limits on minor injury claims.
It means victims would be unable to reclaim the cost of legal representation, and all claims with an injury valued at less than £5,000 would have to go through a small claims court.
But Cycling UK, as part of a coalition of groups representing vulnerable road users, argued that cyclists, in particular, would be put at a disadvantage by limiting their ability to secure compensation.
The charity submitted evidence to the Justice Select Committee pointing out that cyclists’ claims often involve substantial injuries, such as a fractured collarbone, broken wrist or fractured ribs.
Evidence also demonstrated that cyclists are also more likely to be the victims of a crash they are involved in, their claims more complex, and they are more likely to be contested.