Justice includes civil justice and compensation. Those who have suffered bereavement and injury—who have already paid a heavy price in terms of emotional devastation and physical pain--should not have to suffer financially as well.
Our compensation calls would make compensation fairer and should help reduce the risk to our most vulnerable road users.
Criminal justice depends on civil compensation. Those bereaved or injured by law breaking drivers are not eligible for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Instead, they must claim for compensation through motor insurance policies or the Motor Insurance Board.
Surveys of victims show the importance of financial compensation. And this should come as no surprise. Being compensated will be more important to many, if not most, of those injured in crashes, compared to seeing the driver be given a fine, a few penalty points or sent on a remedial driver training course.
And civil justice has the potential to help those who are not (yet) victims. RoadPeace has been calling for change to our liability system for over 15 years so that it is fairer to those walking and cycling. Introduction of a presumed liability system would spark a national debate on the duty of care of drivers, a debate that is long overdue.
With such limited traffic law enforcement, it is important for drivers to realise that they will be held responsible, at least in civil courts, for not doing more to avoid collisions with pedestrians and cyclists. We believe this is essential before any cycling revolution can occur.
In addition to liability reform, long standing compensation priorities to our members include:
• Bereavement damages
• Interim claims
But the recent changes to our compensation system have compelled RoadPeace to call for an end to wrongful reform.