MCN Law Columns

Bikelawyer's Andrew Campbell, is MCN’s Legal expert and columnist writing the weekly MCN Law column. Andrew has been writing for MCN for more that 10 years. Readers write in with their questions and Andrew answers them. Links to the weekly law columns can be found below.

 

Is it illegal to warn of a speed trap?

After I saw a police motorcycle parked up in a layby I flashed my lights at some oncoming bikers to warn them as I drove away. I don’t think they were actually speeding but I was then followed by another police motorcyclist. He stopped me and gave me a...

Can I park my bike on a pavement?

I am writing to ask for advice on what is and what isn't allowed when it comes to motorcycle parking on pavements. Last week I got my hair cut and parked on the pavement outside. I was under the impression that this is allowed so long as the bike...

Can I park my bike on a pavement?

I am writing to ask for advice on what is and what isn't allowed when it comes to motorcycle parking on pavements. Last week I got my hair cut and parked on the pavement outside. I was under the impression that this is allowed so long as the bike...

Can I claim after accident caused by e-scooter?

I was riding along at a leisurely pace when a young lad on an e-scooter pulled out of a junction straight into my path.  I narrowly managed to avoid clattering into him, but ended up losing control and coming off for all my trouble.  Unbelievably,...

Dispute over crossing pavement to park

My neighbours have recently complained about me parking my bike on the tiled area at the front of my property and crossing the pavement to get it there.  They think that I need permission to keep my bike there and that I need to apply for a dropped...

Too nervy to ride. Can I claim the cost of a car?

I had an off in May and have been too nervous to get back on a bike and don’t see that changing in the future. In my compensation claim my solicitor told me I can’t claim for the future use of a car as rather than a bike. If I didn’t have...

Should I appeal after court refused me compensation?

I was in court last week as a result of my bike accident. I was claiming against a van driver for injuries caused in the accident but I lost my case at court. My friend said I could appeal the court’s decision and have a retrial. Basically the accident...

Hit by a drug driver

I was leaving an out of town shopping centre at the end of June when exiting the car park onto the main road I was knocked off by young man in a car. He obviously didn’t see me. The police and an ambulance attended. The police tested the driver and he...

Knocked off while speeding. Can I claim?

Unfortunately I had an accident in May when riding home. A car pulled out of a side road in front of me. The problem is I was doing around 60mph in a 40mph limit so I am being charged with dangerous driving. I accept I was going too fast but it was on a long...

Dog caused accident. Who pays?

I have recently been involved in an accident whilst riding to work. I had just pulled out of my street when a dog ran across my path causing me to fall off. Luckily I was travelling at slow speed so suffered no injuries, however my brand new motorcycle was...

Have I got the right lawyer?

I was involved in quite a nasty smash a couple of years ago when a BMW driver turned across my path and sent me flying over the bonnet.  I was in the hospital for three or four weeks, but I’m still feeling the effects to this day. I went with the...

Should I take a courtesy bike?

I have recently left hospital following an accident with a lorry. One of the first phone calls I received was from a company offering me a replacement motorcycle whilst mine is in the garage for repairs.  I'm still recovering from my injuries, so I...

Overbanding accident

Last week, I was riding my bike along a wet country road outside Newport and was going around a bend when my bike lost traction and I ended up in a hedge. I was able to pick myself up and went to look at the road when I saw that it had been repaired...

Are badly positioned sat-navs illegal?

I would be interested to know about the rules about fitting aftermarket satellite navigation systems in cars? I have seen them on windscreens partially blocking the driver’s view. Yesterday I passed a driver with the sat nav at eye height right in...

Child pillion - parental consent

I am divorced with a 16 year old son. My ex-wife is accusing me of breaking the law by having my son ride pillion on the bike without her consent. She quotes a bill of Parliament on riding as a pillion passenger stating that not only one but both parents...

Should I be getting a lockdown insurance rebate?

Some of my friends have had refunds on their insurance policies for using their cars and bikes less during the lockdowns.  I hardly used mine at all, but haven’t heard anything.  Is there a legal loophole or some other way I can make them...

Can I sue for an unlit skip?

A few weeks ago I was riding my bike, at night, along a poorly lit road having just finished my shift.  I was travelling within the speed limit when I suddenly noticed an unlit large object parked about 10 or so metres away from me in the carriageway. I...

Is 9 points justice for spinal injury?

9 months ago someone drove into me while I was driving my bike on a roundabout, I fractured my back and my leg in three places. I was in hospital for 2 weeks and still walk with a crutch. Yesterday I got a letter telling me the verdict of the criminal...

Are cyclists riding dangerously?

This time of year we are plagued by the usual infestation of MAMILs (middle aged men in lycra) on their bicycles. Each weekend we come up behind a group of them and usually one or more insist on riding close to the centre white line. This is particularly...

Accident at a bus stop

I was riding home in Swansea, one lane in either direction. In the oncoming lane was a bus that had pulled over. A car went to go past the bus but as he did so this guy walked out in front of the bus. The car swerved to the right to avoid him entering my...

Can I get lost earnings caused by going to physio ?

I was involved in an accident where a car did not stop at a stop sign and hit me on my motorcycle in 2018. The car driver admitted liability. I was injured and my medical expert recommended that I attend physiotherapy sessions. I attended physiotherapy...

How can I reduce speeding penalty?

I was recently zapped at 8am on a sunny Saturday but the road was still a bit damp. The speed was 84mph in a 60mph zone The road was very quiet at that time of the morning with no hazards or obstructions or junctions. When responding to the letter I...

Accident caused by oncoming Porsche

I have received a letter from a firm of solicitors seeking compensation for their client’s injuries in his car accident me and telling me to send the letter to my insurer. They claim their car driver had a serious eye injury from his airbag going off....

Can I claim for being too nervous to ride?

Eighteen months ago I was involved in a collision with a car that pulled across my path, causing me me some fractures and psychological problems. I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder but the symptoms are fortunately now only minor. My injuries...

What can I do about expired voucher?

I bought a tank bag from a shop in Doncaster. The sales assistant said I could take it home and try it on my bike and return it if necessary. It was too tall so I returned it. It was the salesman’s day off and another salesman refused to refund me. He...
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