After two cyclists were killed in accidents in Scotland, families of the victims have called for MSPs to change cycle accident law. Andrew McNicoll died in a collision with a lorry in Edinburgh back in January 2012, and Sally Low was killed in a road traffic accident with a car in Moray in September 2013.
Both families spoke out publicly in support of a campaign to change cycle accident law whilst the McNicoll family are pursuing civil action against the driver of the lorry. Lynne McNicoll, Mr McNicoll’s stepmother, commented, “How, in a just and civil society, can we still defend a legal system that puts bereaved families through so many months of uncertainty and turmoil? We have to find a way to stop the months of anguished waiting for families in these traumatic circumstances.”
The new campaign will push for laws to be changed to introduce presumed liability for motorists. This would mean motorists are automatically liable for any injury, damage or loss caused to cyclists involved in collisions. Cyclists would only be held liable if in a collision with a pedestrian.
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