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The Impact Of Personal Injury Reforms On Vulnerable Road Users

Government plans to introduce reforms to the personal injury claims process  may affect hundreds of thousands of people across the UK.

The Civil Liability Bill will  include an increase in the small claims limit for personal injury to £2,000 and all road traffic accident claims to £5,000; ultimately, this will mean that the claimant is not entitled to claim costs for legal representation.

The Government reforms could have a significant impact on vulnerable road users (VRU) including cyclists.

The Justice Select Committee has joined forces with both Cycling UK and British Cycling, to oppose the inclusion of VRU’s in reforms that could make it difficult to claim compensation following a collision.

ROSPA reported that the number of cyclist injuries reported in 2016; 102 killed and 18,375 injured.

The Justice Select Committee’s report took note of Cycling UK’s estimation that 70 per cent of cyclist’s claims come to less than £5k, yet involve substantial injuries.

It also noted the charities comments that liability in cases brought by VRU’s is often contested “by suggesting that the VRU was not visible or did not take sufficient care of their own safety”, whilst comparatively “many other European jurisdictions have a system of presumed liability insurance, where a larger vehicle takes responsibility for a collision unless the contrary is proved.” Cycling Weekly

Pilkington Shaw deal with personal injury clients every day and know that the impact of an accident is not only physical; some of our clients suffer mental trauma for many years.

We pride ourselves on being able to take the stress out of making a claim, providing a personal service with our professional team working on behalf of the client to ensure that they receive the compensation and rehabilitation that they deserve.

Gloria De Piero, the shadow justice minister, has said: “These changes mean more workers will be faced with a choice: either pay for legal help out of your own compensation, continue unrepresented and face large insurers who will continue to be able to afford lawyers or simply drop the claim.”

If you have been injured in a road traffic accident call today and speak to a member of our personal injury team.

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