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.

 

Can I claim for moped v e-scooter?

In June I was riding my moped to work in Cardiff. It was a single lane road in each direction with kerbs both sides and the speed limit was 30mph. I was probably doing about 25 to 30 mph. A kid on a scooter was on the kerb coming towards me on my side of the...

Time limit for prosecution after flashed by speed camera

First of all, I’m a big fan of your column in MCN. It’s very insightful and always useful for future reference. My question is, I received a speeding fine on the 23/08/2020. However, I’m aware of a law (though I don’t know the ins and...

Rights after dealer left me out of pocket

I recently viewed and agreed to buy a bike from a dealer who was selling it on behalf of a customer. When I viewed the bike the v5 and service records were not present. I was told this was because the bike was only dropped off at the dealers the day before I...

Commuting not covered by insurance

In December last year I was riding to work when I had an accident with a small van on a roundabout. I agreed with my lawyer that I would be happy to take 50% of the blame as I agreed we were both equally at fault / it was just an accident. But a problem has...

Pillion behind rider over the limit

I have a compensation claim due to an accident last summer. I was on the back of my friend’s bike as he was giving me a lift home. We had been at a friend’s party and I didn’t see my mate drink any alcohol so I thought it was safe to go...

Bike hit by U-turning car

Last summer I was out on a ride on a sunny Saturday in Hampshire. I came upon a long row of stop start traffic so I decided to carefully ride by the queue on the outside. I was going about 30 on a national speed limit road, a speed I considered to be safe as...

Finance agreement outstanding on bike I bought

Last month I bought a second hand motorcycle from a private seller for £4,000. I have just received a letter from a finance company claiming that there is outstanding finance on the motorcycle which needs to be settled.  I was completely unaware...

Collision with pedestrian

I was riding my scooter to work when traffic came to a stop ahead. There was nothing coming the other way so I filtered past the traffic queue at about 20mph. A lady ran into my path and knocked me off. I was a bit bruised and shaken and my bike needed...

Outstanding finance on bike I bought

Last month I bought a second hand motorcycle from a private seller for £4,000. I have just received a letter from a finance company claiming that there is outstanding finance on the motorcycle which needs to be settled.  I was completely unaware...

Who is liable for brake fail accident?

Last month I was riding normally when the traffic in front of me came to a stop unexpectedly.  I applied my brakes but they failed, causing me to go into the back of the car in front.  The guy in front is now making a claim against me, but...

What if he made me crash?

I had a near miss on the weekend which I can’t stop thinking about.  A van driver pulled across my path from a junction and the driver didn’t even seem to realise what they had done. I managed to brake hard enough to avoid hitting the van,...

Can I make invoices for money I've paid?

I was taken out whilst filtering on my BMW R1200 in September 2018. My claim has gone very smoothly with my solicitors until we have reached a point where they cannot commit to advise me in relation to some help I received. Before the accident I did all the...

Can I claim after a pot hole accident?

I came off when my front wheel hit a pothole and unfortunately had some nasty bruising and a broken wrist as a result. I have complained to the council but they deny responsibility. I believe that the pothole was an obvious danger. What do I need to do to...

Insurer wants to get a life expectancy report in my claim

I was knocked off my moped 2 years ago and my compensation claim has been ongoing without an issue until recently.  I was in the armed forces for 10 years and steadily getting promoted. Due to the accident I was medically discharged and have recently...

What's the law on e-scooters?

During lock-down I have noticed loads of people riding electronic scooters in my local area.   I am half tempted to buy one and use it to commute to work. Are these legal to use on roads and is there a speed limit? Tony, Leeds Answer Electric...

Hard to find solicitor for child pillion claim

I had an accident a week ago. I was carrying my 16 year old son on the back when a car pulled out of a side road without looking. Fortunately I swerved out of the way and there was nothing coming in the opposite direction. But I did hit the ground and we...

Am I allowed to use phone as sat-nav?

I wonder if you could help me clarify if I am allowed to use my phone sat-nav whilst riding my bike? It is in a holder fixed to the bike so is not being touched in any way and instructions are blue toothed to my helmet. Is this allowed? Brian from...

Claim after being blinded by headlights

I have a problem with my claim which I am pursuing following a bike accident at night in February. I was returning from my night shift at the restaurant I work at on a rural road when around the bend coming towards me was a 4x4 which I think had its main...

Same occasion defence

I have just received court papers to telling me I must appear in court for not being in proper control and driving without due care and attention. I was seen by a police officer performing two wheelies on the same stretch of road. I was not stopped and...

Hit while avoiding emergency vehicle

I was on my way to work in single lane traffic which was going at about 15 mph as it was rush hour. I heard a siren behind me and there was an ambulance coming with lights flashing. I moved over to the left slightly to allow it past which it did. As I was...

Premium increase for a no fault accident

I have fully comp insurance. This guy came out of a give way sign and hit me in the side. I was not hurt too badly and the bike had some damage. He admitted it was his fault and his insurers fixed my bike. I told my own insurers about it but as I did not...

What if I need surgery in the future

I had an accident in 2017. I am now approaching settlement of my case and my solicitors sent a statement of financial losses to the other side’s solicitors with a breakdown of the money which I am claiming. I was advised to claim the costs of private...

How can I get refund for race tickets?

Can you please assist? Here is my dilemma and I am guessing many others find themselves in a similar situation. I am a keen racing fan and for years have followed BSB and MotoGP. As we know, due to the Corona Virus Pandemic all racing has been postponed....

Can I win my claim when I can't remember the accident?

I had a serious accident when overtaking on my way to work. The driver who hit me said I was going well above the speed limit. He said he was slowly attempting to turn right and was indicating.  I can’t remember the accident but there are...

I need advice on suing my solicitor

Just over 3 years ago I came off on a large paint spill on a roundabout.  The large tin and lid were found a few yards away so it must have come off a tipper or something. My insurer gave me a solicitor but because they never found out which company was...
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