Death by dangerous cycling
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It would also seem sensible to introduce compulsory insurance for cyclists as well. Currently, there is no requirement to have insurance so unless an individual has taken out specific insurance or is covered by their house insurance, an individual could be seriously injured and yet have no ability to seek financial redress. Whilst, they could claim against the individual responsible unless they had money or equity in their home there would be little point pursuing the claim. Whilst the injured party could be awarded compensation if the negligent cyclists does not have the means to pay it, the award is worthless.
I am aware of these issues first hand. I was involved in a case where a student was knocked over on a pedestrian crossing by a fast moving cyclist. They sustained head injuries which impacted upon their studies. Fortunately, they made a good recovery. They were also fortunate to be struck by a cyclist who was insured and so were able to claim compensation for their injuries, rehabilitation and financial impact upon their life.
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Claire Howard is a Partner in the Personal Injury team.
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