Campaign

Road victims are real victims

Introduction

Cycling UK’s joint action with partner charities RoadPeace and Living Streets aims to stop changes to civil justice rules which would leave 70% of cyclists seeking compensation short changed. If you support this then head to www.cyclinguk.org/roadvictimsarerealvictims
 
Currently, if you’re knocked off your bike by a careless driver and break your collarbone, you can claim compensation and your legal and other costs, including  medical reports. The Government wants to change that by raising the small claims limit from £1000 to £5000. This would mean anyone claiming personal injury compensation less than £5000 would have to pay their own costs out of any money they recovered. For example, you might be awarded £3,500 in compensation, but you might then have to pay £4000 in legal costs!
 
The Government announced these changes, supposedly to reduce the number of whiplash claims. People riding bikes and walking across the road rarely suffer or claim for whiplash. They have broken bones and similar injuries, but the so-called whiplash reforms hit these vulnerable road users hardest. 70% of cyclists’ claims are for less than £5000, so this is justice denied for blameless injured cyclists.
 
The national road victim charity RoadPeace, and the national charity for everyday walking, Living Streets, have joined with Cycling UK to ask the Government to pedal back on these proposals. All three charities will be responding to the consultation, which closes on 6 January 2017.
 
We know popular engagement works well from previous campaigns, so we are asking you to support this action by using our online tool here to send an email and tell the Government not to cut cyclists’ compensation.
 
 
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Recent Campaign Activity

Justice
Fletchers Solicitors and Cycling UK stand up for vulnerable road users amidst latest whiplash consultation Press Release
Fletchers Solicitors, specialists in motorcycle accident claims, and Cycling UK have joined forces to stand up for the rights of vulnerable road users, following the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on reforming the ‘whiplash’ claims process.
Dutch cycling
Do you do the Dutch Reach? Blog
We all know the Dutch have it pretty sussed when it comes to cycling, but is copying the way they open their car doors going a step too far in our admiration? Campaigns and Communications Coordinator, Sam Jones says not.
The scales of justice
Cycling and the Justice System Blog
The parliamentary inquiry into cycling and the justice system kicks off next week. Those who would like the justice system to do a better job for cyclists can support the inquiry, and make a noise about it. Those who prefer to just complain can join the naysayers. Senior road safety and legal campaigner Duncan Dollimore explains...+
Road victims are real victims
6,000 say don't make innocent victims pay News
Ask yourself, "Who is cheating who?" Is it the pedestrian or cyclist who just wants fair compensation when they're hit by a careless driver, or is someone trying to cheat them out of what's right, and fair? 6,000 of you agreed with us, and have told the government that road victims are real victims who shouldn't have their pockets picked to profit insurers.

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