Motorists should be responsible for accidents involving cyclists
Now here is some interesting news that may protect vulnerable people on the road such as cyclists.
- I understand that in other parts of Europe they have this system. It ought to encourage many motorists to drive responsibly round cyclists who aren't protected with metal.
Of course there will be an outcry from motorists and ones that want to drive cyclists off the country and urban roads but, statistically, far too many vulnerable cyclists, including charity cyclists, are dying or being injured due to many motorists being inconsiderate.
Cyclists users have to put up with motorists driving at over 60mph and many do not bother to drive slowly even in wet conditions. Vulnerable users have more to lose, such as their life than a motorist in a 4x4.
As many don't follow the Highway Code, the laws need to be made tougher.
Motorists should be made legally responsible for all accidents involving cyclists, even if they are not at fault, say Government advisers. Cycling England, an agency funded by the Transport Department, wants the civil law to be changed so drivers or their insurers would automatically be liable for compensation claims. The proposal will infuriate drivers, many of whom are angered by the antics of 'Lycra louts' - cyclists who sail through red lights, go the wrong way up one-way streets and intimidate pedestrians on pavements and zebra crossings.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1214856/Motorists-blamed-accidents-cyclists-fault--says-Government-advisor.html#ixzz0Rj9WkvVs