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Cyclists are given special permission to ride in specially marked cycle lanes. They are also permitted to ride in most bus lanes. This often allows cyclists to beat the traffic – one of many advantages to travelling by two wheels. However, while the onus is on other drivers to check for cyclists before carrying out a manoeuvre, this doesn’t always happen.

Often, drivers will not consider that there may be a cycle lane to their left on the inside before turning or opening their car door. There is also often a presumption that bus lanes are for buses only and therefore, a cursory glance to check for a large vehicle is sufficient before pulling into or turning across a bus lane. As a result, accidents involving cyclists using cycle and bus lanes are fairly common.

Common filtering cases include:

  • Cars travelling in the opposite direction turning right across a bus/cycle lane
  • Cars pulling into the bus lane
  • Cars turning left across a cycle lane
  • Cars drifting into the cycle/bus lane
  • Opening car doors into the cycle lane

 

Liability – who is to blame for the accident?

Cyclists have every right to travel in specially designated cycle or bus lanes. The onus is on the driver to check these lanes for the presence of a cyclist before pulling into or across that lane. Failure to do so is negligent and we would be confident of winning the case in favour of the cyclist. That is not to say that the insurance company will admit blame straight away. Many drivers will simply not accept that they didn’t see the cyclist, and so you will need a specialist and confident team to ensure you get the right result and are not fobbed off by the insurance company.


Why choose cycle claim line?

Our legal team has a huge amount of experience when it comes to cycling and motorcycling accident claims. We have specialised in two wheel claims for nearly 30 years. We have dealt with thousands of cases involving cycle and bus lanes and as a result, we are confident that we can get the very best outcome for your case. If the other driver and their insurance company deny liability, you can rest assured that our legal team will stand up to them on your behalf. We have taken many bus lane cases all the way to court (not usually necessary but we are not afraid to do so). We’re proud of our 96% win rate and our longstanding record of standing up for and representing the rights of cyclists and motorcyclists. We always work under a conditional fee agreement (commonly referred to as a “no win no fee agreement”). You do not need to have legal cover or legal protection. If your case is not successful, you do not have to pay a penny.

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