Lawyer Brenda Mitchell, who works at Cycle Law Scotland, is combining her passion for bikes and law in a bid to promote safer road conditions for cyclists in Scotland. The 51-year-old bike-mad lawyer, who passed her motorbike test at age 20, said, “We have seen a significant increase in cyclist fatalities since 2003. There has been no real reduction in cycling injuries. The Scottish Government combines fatalities with serious injuries and collisions to make it appear that there has been a reduction. But the number of fatalities in 2013 was the worst in a decade. I am a civil lawyer and my experience is with cyclists and motorcyclists who have been involved in an accident and sustained an injury. I believe I have a tremendous responsibility. I want to introduce presumed liability, and campaign for road safety to help reduce the number of casualties on the roads.”
She went on to explain why she supported the new Road Share campaign to introduce presumed liability to Scotland. “Cyclists have a responsibility for their own safety and that is very important, but when it comes to being involved in collisions, we would like to see civil law offer more protection. Presumed liability will not allow a dangerous cyclist who has caused his own injury to recover compensation.”
With the total number of cyclist casualties rising by 10% from 2003 to 2013, safer road conditions for cyclists in Scotland should be a priority.
Claiming compensation for cycling injuries
As things stand, it can sometimes be difficult for cyclists to claim the compensation they deserve for injuries, but if the new scheme of presumed liability is introduced, things should be easier. However, in the meantime, if you have been injured you can contact a personal injury lawyer for advice and to make a claim. There is a three-year time limit in place, so don’t leave things too late.
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Date Published: December 6, 2014
Author: David Brown