After a spate of fatal bike accidents NSW Roads Minister Duncan
Gay has floated the idea of forcing all pushbike riders to carry a
special bike licence. He said bad cyclists are a part of the
problem by running red lights, crossing lanes and being aggressive
Putting aside the rights and wrongs of the idea of a bike
licence, Stacks Law Firm specialises in providing legal assistance
to victims of vehicular accidents, and their lawyers meet many
cyclists injured in collisions with vehicles.
They have yet to meet a motorist injured by a cyclist. Indeed,
official statistics show a steady increase in the number of bicycle
injuries and in 2013 fatalities doubled on the previous year.
"I am seeing more and more people who are victims of
cycling injuries seeking some sort of financial compensation to
help them get on with their lives. Many need compensation to help
them receive ongoing medical treatment or make their homes suitable
for wheelchairs," said Stacks specialist Nathan Luke.
Cyclists injured in a motor vehicle collision have rights to
compensation, even if they can't identify the vehicle at fault.
Cyclists don't need to be registered and insured. Claims must
be submitted within certain time limits so it's wise to seek
expert legal advice quickly.
There is anecdotal evidence that anger is growing among some
motorists that they have to share public roads with cyclists.
Cyclists cite tradies' utes, small trucks, vans and SUVs
– many with bull bars – as the worst offenders for
abusing bike riders. Drivers say their frustration centres on
cyclists running red lights, swerving in and out of traffic, and
not being visible, especially at night.
"The reality is that cyclists can lawfully use public roads
but they do so without the protection of big hunks of metal around
them and without seat belts or air bags. While cyclists should
obviously obey the rules of the road to avoid accidents, where
there is an accident between a cyclist and a motor vehicle it is
the cyclist who faces catastrophic injuries or death and not the
other way around. We should be doing all we can to make cycling
safer, and that means more bike paths and safety programs aimed at
educating road users, not more bureaucracy such as bike
"At Stacks Law Firm we are very experienced in helping
people injured in bicycle accidents recover compensation to help
them get on with their lives. But frankly, we would rather not need
to have that skill," Mr Luke said.
"We'd rather cyclists weren't injured on the roads,
and that means better safety provisions and more protected bike
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