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.

 

Accident caused by foreign driver

A Spanish lorry driver I was overtaking on the M4 near Reading suddenly changed into my lane. Fortunately the traffic was slow moving due to congestion otherwise it could have been much worse. He either did not look in his mirror or did but just could not...

Can I claim cost of driving if I can't ride

In my accident claim my solicitor tells me I can’t claim for the future use of a car as opposed to my motorcycle. If I didn’t have the accident, I would have continued to use my bike most of the time, not the car. The car is far more expensive to...

Accident caused by emergency stop

I was injured in an accident which was caused by the driver in front of me suddenly slamming on her brakes when a traffic light turned to amber. I am now wanting to make a claim against her/her insurance as I am out of hospital and it will be a few weeks...

Crash with emerging vehicle

I was travelling along a country road at 50mph and was just exiting a sweeping bend when I was met with a large farm vehicle emerging from a road to my left. The vehicle was moving into the road, blocking more and more of my path. I assumed that the driver...

Can the police knock riders off in a chase

I just read that a police driver was taken to a disciplinary tribunal for knocking a criminal off his moped. The officer was cleared eventually but was under investigation for years. It must have been hell having that held over him for all that time! I...

Insurance hike after no fault accident

I was involved in an accident just over 3 months ago. Luckily I was not injured but my motorcycle was badly damaged. I have just had my bike repaired and I’m now ready to get back on the road.  The thing is, my insurance premium is also up for...

Can I bring a private prosecution

I was injured in an accident which was a car driver’s fault but instead of prosecuting him they let him off with a driving course.  I’m currently making a claim but I wanted to know If I was to bring a civil prosecution against him, would...

Will the MIB help after hit and run

I discovered the Motor Insurance Bureau following some research after an accident in which someone knocked me off my Vespa but then fled the scene. Luckily (although very painfully) I only had a couple of cracked ribs but I was off work for 2 weeks and my...

Is there a conflict of interest

In May 2018 I was riding my Goldwing on the outskirts of Guildford with my wife on the back and happily going along listening to music. A young lady was waiting in her car at a junction to our right, about 60 metres or so away and indicating left. She pulled...

Can I claim for trauma

Two years ago a minibus sideswiped me, causing me to sustain multiple fractures and psychological issues. I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder but the symptoms are now only minor luckily. My injuries have healed but I had to buy a car as I am...

Compensation despite criminal conviction

I have been convicted of driving without due care and attention/careless driving after I was involved in an accident. I was riding in a bus lane in London (allowed at that time in the morning) and went to undertake a car driver in the outside lane who was...

Can I settle my claim now

I’ve got a personal injury claim which my solicitors have been dealing with for 4 years after my accident. Court proceedings were started in 2017 but the case keeps getting placed on pause. I understand it is because the main fracture in my left lower...

When can police pull me over

The law pulled me over at the side of the road. They said their automatic records checking system showed that my Hayabusa was not insured. I made it clear I was insured and showed them an email on my phone with an attached insurance certificate. They were...

Should I bank an interim payment

I had an accident when a car pulled out of a junction. I couldn't swerve as there was a car coming the other way. We collided and I went over the bonnet. My claims company sent me an “interim payment” from the third party’s insurer and...

Does my pillion need a different lawyer

In May 2018 I was riding my Goldwing on the outskirts of Guildford with my wife on the back and happily going along listening to music. A young lady was waiting in her car at a junction to our right, about 60 metres or so away and indicating left. She pulled...

How long have I got to make a claim

I had quite a bad accident in May 2015 caused by a big spill of diesel on a roundabout. I was in and out of hospital for many months and have still not fully recovered – from not only physical injuries but I have been very emotionally affected also...

Icy road accident

I’ve been trying to get 2 different water leaks stopped which run across a road at Five Ashes Road, near Mayfield in East Sussex. Southern water say it’s not their issue and that it’s a private leak and East Sussex Highways have looked...

Single justice procedure prosecution

I was recorded at 52mph in a 30 limit. I got the NIP on 16/8/18 and sent it back at once. I thought I was in line for 6 points and a hefty fine but heard nothing until 24/1/19 when I received a letter saying the evidence was being forwarded to the...

Spill on the road

I read in last month’s press about a strange incident where there was a spillage of around a ton of chocolate on a road in Westönnen, Germany. A tank of chocolate in a factory spilled and poured into the street. It then solidified. It took 25...

Drink driver accident

I was leaving an out of town shopping centre at the end of November when as exiting the car park onto the main road I was knocked off by a lady in a big Merc 4x4. She obviously didn’t see me. I managed to hobble to the side of the road and someone...

Sat-nav blocking driver's view

Could you tell me the rules about placing aftermarket sat nav systems in cars? I see them anywhere on windscreens including blocking the driver’s view. Yesterday I passed a driver with the sat nav at eye height right in front of her face! It seems that...

Rear ended at T junction - They say I'm to blame

I have a claim resulting from what I thought was as straightforward an accident as you could imagine! But I have received a letter from my solicitor saying the guy who hit me is alleging I was to blame. This is what happened. I approached a junction and as...

What to disclose on comparison site

I had an email from my insurer telling me they would automatically renew my insurance on my Ninja 650R. But the premium was 25% more than I paid last year. This did not seem right to me as I haven’t made any claims, so I went on to a comparison website...

Bike damaged by road gritting

I was riding my Vespa 125 along an A-road in Derbyshire the other evening travelling behind a truck. I kept a safe distance behind as I usually would. Suddenly orange/yellow lights lit up and grit started chucking out from the back of it. It turns out it was...

Crash caused by misleading indication

I was waiting at a junction to turn left onto a main road and as the car coming towards me from my right was indicating left and looked like it was slowing down I assumed she was turning into the road I was exiting. As I pulled out she knocked me off my...
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