14th May 2014
The family of a student who was killed in a cycling accident in London could make a motor accident compensation claim, whilst a campaign group is working hard to try and prevent any more cyclists dying on the capital's streets.
The 20-year-old was studying tourism at London Metropolitan University, having moved over from Poland for the course, but she met her end last week after the 65-year-old driver of the lorry in question allegedly turned left in front of her near the junction of Camden Road and St Pancras Way. She died at the scene and the post mortem confirmed that she had suffered multiple injuries.
The lorry driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and was released on bail. If convicted, the victim's family could make a motor accident compensation claim for their loss.
In order to prevent other families from having to do similar, the victim's friend has made a plea to the Mayor of London, himself a keen cyclist. He notes that he appreciates Boris Johnson's attempts to promote cycling in London, but notes that "more could be done to promote the rights and the protection of cyclists in our capital".
The victim's friend isn't alone in his calls – the London Cycling Campaign has 8,000 signatories on its No Lethal Lorries petition, calling for local councils to give their drivers full training in order to reduce cycling accidents. Some areas of the capital, including Lambeth and Hammersmith and Fulham have already brought in the suggestions, which could lead to safer roads in those areas.
However, it isn't always the person on the bike who is injured in cycling accidents – in February, we brought you the story of a boy who pleaded guilty to dangerous cycling after his actions forced a bus to make an emergency stop, resulting on one woman breaking her arm and another fatally breaking her neck.
Now, Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom has introduced a private members' bill in the Commons to create new crimes of causing death or serious injury through dangerous or reckless cycling. Her muse was a 17-year-old girl who was knocked down and killed by a cyclist who shouted "move because I'm not stopping" was true to his word. As the law stood at the time, the cyclist was fined £2,200 and avoided prison.