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Cyclists and car-door incidents

Riding a bike to work has its benefits. It’s an easy way to fit in regular exercise and an eco-friendly way of traveling the daily commute. It’s also a growing trend in NSW for those who live close enough to work.

But there are risks for cyclists on the road. Not only are cyclists most vulnerable to personal injury in motor vehicle accidents; they are also at risk of personal injury when riding next to stationary cars.

Cyclists can be severely injured upon collision with car doors that are suddenly opened. In these circumstances there is also the risk that cyclists will be knocked off their bikes and thrown into oncoming traffic.

These incidents are surprisingly common.  Almost 6 percent of all injuries to cyclists in 2006 and 2010 occurred because of car doors. In Victoria, the figure was higher at 8 percent during 2007 and 2011, and approaching 20 percent in the Melbourne CBD.

While the Victorian government is looking into strategies for prevention of these incidents, in the meantime there is little a cyclist can do to ensure it does not happen apart from constant surveillance of surroundings.
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Changes to Motor Accident Scheme in NSW

The NSW Government has now passed the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 and it is expected to become law later this year. The new compulsory third party laws will change the insurance scheme for people who are injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

The proposed law establishes a hybrid scheme. The benefits available to injured people will now be determined based on whether their injuries are soft tissue or minor psychological injuries, or more significant injuries.

The aim is to provide all injured people with income and other support after they lodge a claim.

The changes are similar to the NSW Workers Compensation scheme; provisions will be made for a form of statutory income, and medical and care benefits paid for up to six months without the need for fault to be proven.

If you have suffered personal injuries in a motor vehicle accident, speaking to a lawyer can help clarify your options and entitlements.

Our Personal Injury Lawyers can provide practical solutions and exceptional results in relation to your compensation claim, on a No Win, No Fee basis.  Call 1300 773 529 or email a personal injury lawyer at info@matthewsfolbigg.com.au. We can then arrange an initial telephone conference to discuss.
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