Road victims are real victims


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
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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Cycling UK celebrated a campaign win today (Thursday, 20 April) as the Government abandoned its attempts to prevent cyclists and other vulnerable road users from being fully compensated in the event of an injury.
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