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How does the law protect cyclists

When Dr Henri Sueke decided to ride his bicycle to work last month, he did not realise it would be his last time.

The paediatrician, a father of four, was on his way to Westmead Hospital when he collided with a trip truck on New South Head Road in Rose Bay. The 36-year-old doctor lost his life at the scene.

Reactions from the community

Following this shocking incident, Bicycle NSW expressed displeasure over the government’s decision to move away from the Sydney City Centre Access Strategy.

The organisation’s CEO Ray Rice said he was disappointed.

“The minister’s announcement seriously puts people’s lives at risk by forcing bicycle riders onto congested roads with a culture unprepared for sharing with cyclists. The decision is bad for transport, bad for health and bad for business,” he said.

So far this year four people have lost their lives in bicycle accidents.

Just days after the Rose Bay incident, another cyclist in his 20s from Gorokan was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital following a serious accident.

According to the police, he suffered serious trauma after a collision with a Nissan X-trail on Arlington Street. The driver of the four-wheel-drive vehicle came out unscathed.

This highlights the fact that there are also cases where many cyclists suffer injuries on NSW roads. Irrespective of the severity of the accident, it is important to remember that the victim may be entitled to compensation.

What does the law say?

In NSW, it is compulsory for all registered vehicles to have third-party insurance.

This means a cyclist can be covered by the policy if they are injured in an accident where they were not at fault.  Help is also at hand for those who have had a crash with an unregistered or unknown vehicle.

Third-party claims have stringent procedural requirements and time limits. To make sure you receive what you are entitled to and your claim is processed in a timely manner, it is best to contact experts who understand this area of law.

An accident can take a toll on the rider as well as their loved ones. To ease the burden, an early payment of up to $5,000 for medical expenses and lost earnings is available – irrespective of whether the cyclist was at fault.

When choosing a legal expert to help you make your claim,be sure to select a firm that has vast experience in this area of law.

Talk to a friendly expert at PK Simpson Accident Lawyers today.

By | 2018-03-14T09:40:20+00:00 July 14th, 2015|PK Simpson Blog|Comments Off on How does the law protect cyclists

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