Cycle Lanes were introduced with the intention of giving greater protection to cyclists when using the roads. Having a visible line of separation between the cyclist and the vehicle driver was supposed to prevent contacts between traffic and cyclists. Unfortunately collisions still occur between cars, buses and cyclists.
In reality cycle lanes are often placed on roads which are too narrow and very rarely run the full length of a cyclist's journey. And we have all seen rows of parked vehicles down the length of the cycle lanes.
Too often a car or larger vehicle will travel too close to a cyclist whether because of a narrow road or simply bad judgement by the driver.
This can result in the cyclist being forced to swerve into the kerb or onto the pavement or in some cases an actual collision with the cyclist.
If the car doesn't hit me can I still claim?
Yes. If the car drivers in a way which forces you to swerve or effectively pushes you off course into collision with the kerb or other object then the car driver may still be held responsible. The real difficulty is taking down the responsible vehicle's registration number but even where this isn't possible Graham Coffey & Co Specialist Cyclist Injury team will be able to help.
Always make sure you report the accident to the police. Even where the responsible driver cannot be traced the Motor Insurers Bureau can compensate the victims of untraced drivers but you must have reported the matter to the police within 7 days of the collision. We recommend making that report at the scene of the accident.
Mr S was riding his bicycle around a corner when an impatient bus driver decided to overtake. Mr S was aware of the bus as it passed. Because the road was relatively narrow the bus driver had to cross onto the opposite lane when overtaking.
Suddenly and without any warning the bus driver cut back across the path of Mr S hitting his knee and causing him to lose balance. Fortunately he managed to stay on his bike. He was so angry that he was not immediately aware of the injury to his knee and he tried to pursue the bus, waving and shouting. Unfortunately the bus driver was oblivious and simply drove away.
Mr S contacted Graham Coffey & Co Specialist Cycle Solicitors having only managed to note down the bus company details. This was enough. We traced the bus route and eventually managed to trace the driver responsible. Despite the driver denying the incident Graham Coffey & Co recovered £1250 for the injury to his knee.