'Strict Liability’ Talks Resurface in Wake of Twitter Row; AYB Law Expect Increased Claims From Cyclists

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AYB Law expect claims for road traffic accidents involving cyclists to increase as talks of introducing ‘strict liability’ resurface following recent high-profile incidents.

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All road users want the best legal protection when on the road, and we anticipate that cyclists will seek to strengthen their legal position as an oft-maligned group in the wake of this story.

As the consequences of one motorist’s actions continue to make the headlines, Britain remains one of only five countries in Europe – along with Cyprus, Malta, Romania and Ireland – not to have strict liability in operation. If implemented, the legislation would rule that the liability in all traffic accidents between motorists and cyclists lies with the motorist unless they can prove otherwise. The introduction of a hierarchy of road users would also mean that cyclists would be at fault for any incidents involving them and pedestrians.

The recent actions and subsequent tweets of Norfolk motorist Emma Way, 21, have reignited the debate surrounding strict liability. As reported by the BBC in their article 'Why The War Between Drivers And Cyclists?', published 22nd May 2013 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22614569), Miss. Way tweeted "Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier. I have right of way - he doesn't even pay road tax! #Bloodycyclists.", after an incident involving herself and 29 year old cyclist Toby Hockley.

Accidents between cyclists and motorists are often a cause of great umbrage between the two over the party at fault, but accident analysis data suggests that crashes can frequently be attributed to drivers and cyclists in relatively equal measure.

Speaking on the debate, AYB Law Solicitors spokesperson Philip Clegg stated, ‘The resurfacing of the strict liability debate will undoubtedly have an effect of the kinds of claims we receive at AYB Law. Whiplash claims are our predominant road traffic accident cases, however we expect a significant influx of cyclist claims with the specific focus on this area at the moment. All road users want the best legal protection when on the road, and we anticipate that cyclists will seek to strengthen their legal position as an oft-maligned group in the wake of this story. Cyclists who had previously dismissed incidents may now come forward looking for greater protection.’

AYB Law Solicitors specialise road traffic accidents, as well as accidents at work and back injuries. Their highly trained personal injury solicitors provide an efficient and personal no win no fee service.

Mr. Clegg added that, ‘All road users are entitled to make a claim if they are involved in an accident that was not their fault. Though we expect to deal with a higher proportion of cyclist claims in the coming months, anyone who has been a victim of a road traffic accident may be entitled to compensation.’

For more information, or to contact AYB Law Solicitors about any of their services, visit them at their website, http://www.ayblaw.co.uk.

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