A new bill has been introduced into Victorian parliament this week to try and reduce the number of injuries to cyclists on our roads every year. The proposed new laws attempt to clarify the current requirements that motorists allow a sufficient distance when passing cyclists by setting minimum distances that motorists must adhere to.
The new regulations come after recent concessions by the TAC that the current rules regulating when injured cyclists can access compensation were unclear. Speaking on 3AW in March 2015, Joe Calafiore, Head of Community Relations at the TAC, conceded that the system was a little bit confusing , but encouraged anyone injured as a result of a cycling incident to lodge a claim so that a response can be tailored to their specific circumstances.
Under the current system, a cyclist injured in any circumstances involving a Victorian registered motor vehicle can access some type of assistance from the TAC. This includes injuries sustained when a car door is opened in the cyclist's path, resulting in a collision. If there is no car involved in the accident, it is unlikely that the injured cyclist will be covered by the TAC, although if the use of the bike was required because of their occupation, they may be able to access WorkCover benefits.
If you or someone you know has sustained an injury as a result of a transport accident, including bicycle accidents, we invite you to speak to one of our expert injury lawyers on (03) 9321 9988 to get information about what entitlements you can access.