Perth-based adventurer Mark Beaumont has backed the Road Share campaign to safeguard cyclists. The campaign will change Scottish Civil law in a bid to protect vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians. It will introduce a Member’s Bill that creates a ‘presumed liability’ system for all road traffic collision compensation claims. This means that drivers of motor vehicles will automatically be liable for loss, damage or injury to cyclists, whilst cyclists will be responsible for loss, damage or injury to a pedestrian. A driver or cyclist would still be able to allege fault on the other party.
The campaign has already received a lot of support, with organisations such as Cycle Law Scotland, Pedal on Parliament and the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative all backing it. Mr Beaumont said, “Having learned more about the Road Share campaign calls for a system of presumed liability, I firmly believe that their proposals would go a long way to helping improve the safety and cycling culture in Scotland. I believe by introducing presumed liability to our civil legal system, and therefore bringing Scotland into line with most of Europe, it would ensure injured cyclists and pedestrians are compensated quickly and fairly.”
Are you a cyclist who has been injured?
If you have been injured whilst riding your bike, this new bill probably seems like good news, but remember it will mean that you are automatically liable if you cause injury to a pedestrian. There will still be a three year time limit in place to make a claim for compensation. If you have recently been injured, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to find out whether or not you have a viable claim. They will be able to offer you advice, and the good news is that it’s unlikely you will have to go to court, as most claims are settled before this stage.
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