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Advice and representation after a cycling accident. We are here to fight for you throughout the legal process so that you do not have to worry about it. Instead, you can focus on what is important for you, rehabilitating from your injuries, which we will arrange for you.

We’ll visit you at home or in the hospital – if your injuries require it – to discuss your case in depth. You’ll be kept fully informed from then on, with a REAL person to go to when you want clarity on any issues or an update on your case.

Cycle Legal has expertise in serious brain injury (cycle helmeted and not), multiple orthopaedic injuries, severe scarring following skin grafts (mostly HGV cases), psychiatric trauma as well as the more classic cycle injuries: broken collar bones, broken wrists and facial injuries.

As Cycle Legal’s principal, Kevin O’Sullivan has a wealth of experience in:

  1. HGVs turning left ("causative potency") causing death or devastating injury.
  2. Pot hole /road surface cases eg Curtis v Herts Council 2014 (brain injury, partial paralysis).
  3. "Undertaking" arguments from insurers in 'left hook' cases.
  4. Open doors from motorists or their passengers.

In other words, the firm is expert in cycle specific legal issues.

The firm is also at the cutting edge of cycle case law and Kevin O’Sullivan was the principal solicitor in the case of Curtis v Herts County Council, which was a High Court victory for the cyclist against the County Council for failing to maintain the road.

Your two-wheeled and human rights will remain the central focus of our campaign on your behalf from the beginning to the end of our case. We want you to return to your pre-accident life as soon as possible, and ideally, back on two wheels again.

Do not just take our word for it though, check out what our former clients say about the Cycle Legal service here.

Kevin O’Sullivan: National Bike Week – Time to change the culture and shift the burden of proof

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Kevin O’Sullivan: National Bike Week – Time to change the culture and shift the burden of proof

Kevin O’Sullivan: National Bike Week – Time to change the culture and shift the burden of proof

Kevin O’Sullivan, founder of Cycle Legal, discusses the challenges of proving liability for RTAs where vulnerable road users are involved.

The first myth to slay is the repellent expression ‘’presumed liability’’. It, quite understandably, sets any self-respecting motorist’s teeth on edge. No one is presuming anything.

I can’t see the RAC, AA, and ABI clamouring to vote for ‘presumed liability’ and I wouldn’t blame them.

Vulnerable Road Users (VRU’s) are pedestrians, particularly the elderly, the disabled and young kids, the mobility scooter rider, e scooter and cyclist, the motorcyclist , the moped first, up to the sports bike.

Up against cars, vans, buses, coaches and lorries, all of these VRU’s have to share the road space, often all crowding in together in a noisy and dangerous urban environment.

In a civil claim following an accident, the VRU has to prove negligence against the larger vehicle even though their injuries often mean that they cannot recall what happened.

In civil law , the standard of proof is on the balance of probabilities, i.e. more than 51% rather than the criminal law where the standard of proof is considerably higher, beyond reasonable doubt.

Judges in civil law cases, tasked with the difficult question of apportioning civil liability between road users in the event of a dispute, have long since recognised the concept of ‘causative potency’.

‘Causative potency’, in my view,is a much finer and succinct use of language than the inaccurate and loaded ‘presumed liability’. Causative potency recognises the much greater potential for harm and destruction than a bigger vehicle has over a smaller one, or even a pedestrian, the most extreme and obvious example is a HGV in collision with a child.

How can it be right that two such parties have to take each other on in law as if they are on an equal footing when they are such an obvious mismatch when they come together on the road?

I’ve conducted inquests on behalf of a bereaved cyclist’s family against a HGV driver and I have enormous sympathy with the drivers of the largest vehicles on our roads. They have an exquisitely difficult task when making left turns , their lorries are often inadequately designed, there are so many mirrors with different angles and focuses to contend with , there is so much noise going on, the cyclist can be so hard to see…and but and but…

Whilst cyclists are the people whose legal rights I fight for on a daily basis, this shift in the burden of proof would benefit every single road user. Why ?

Because whoever we are, a headbanger militant cyclist who never even allows himself a minicab or Jeremy Clarkson with a tribe of SUV’s ,each of them parks up their machine and crosses the road.

We are,all of us, pedestrians , from the time when we take our first steps at the age of 12-18 months until we are crossing the road with a stick or zimmer frame. Each, the toddler who breaks free of his mother’s hand and the elderly woman who cannot even make it across the road in the allotted green man phase of a pedestrian crossing , is the most vulnerable of vulnerable road users .

If the larger vehicle’s insurer can show , with all the tools available in any civil case, the police report, dashcam evidence , witness evidence , CCTV,that the VRU is wholly at fault for the accident , then no liability attaches to the larger vehicle, no legal finding is made against the driver ,no liability is presumed.

And here’s the thing. Making this civil law change will hardly change anything on the ground. Why?  Because judges in the civil courts, where the common ‘judge made’ law is made which influences civil cases one way or the other, have recognised for decades that VRU’s need protecting, hence the well used term, causative potency.

Why then , campaign for a change that would make very little difference to how cases are decided in the civil courts? It’s for a similar reason that Chris Boardman was campaigning for this very change in May 2020 , two months into lockdown, and in response to the government’s enthusiastic embracing of active travel.

This shifting of the burden of proof would help to create the cultural shift that can underpin the £2 billion of hard cash that the government invested into active travel during the pandemic. Great changes over many years have been made in our cities in favour of active travel. Greater changes still have been put in place since the pandemic. This law change would show that the government wished to effect the long lasting cultural change that is needed to accompany this.

It would help to subtly shift the mindset of motorists when they see and drive close to a VRU , it could be a horse rider, it could be a cyclist, it could be a child .

What it will always be is a road user who is so much more vulnerable than them.

The London Evening Standard

Widower gives cycle death payout to road safety charities

The London Evening Standard reports on Kevin O’Sullivan work to help Geoff Lee fight for legal justice following his wife’s death following a cycle accident. Cycle Legal are still campaigning for justice in the way of an apology and changes to prevent this from happening ever again. This case was not about the claim, even though some financial payment has been awarded, but purely about implementing a change.

Mr Lee and solicitor Kevin O’Sullivan, whose new firm Cycle Legal specialises in helping cyclists and their families, brought an action against the insurers of New Southgate builders Fitzgerald & Burke. After an “insensitive” first offer, a higher second amount was made to settle the case.

“Naively, I was hoping to get the driver back into a courtroom and get the verdict I didn’t get with a jury on the balance of probabilities,” Mr Lee said.

“I never wanted anyone to go to prison. I never wanted loads of cash. I just wanted an acknowledgement of the tragedy. It seemed to me that everybody was trying to cover their own backsides. In court, it felt all the sympathy was with the driver of the lorry.”

Mr O’Sullivan said: “What’s more important to the families in these situations is some recognition of their loss, and some action from the lorry company in trying to prevent another family going through the same experience.”

“Fitzgerald & Burke have thus far refused to communicate with us about any ways they could improve driver training or safer lorry design, and our fight to achieve this change goes on.’’

Hackney Gazette

Cyclists outraged as TfL scraps safety improvements at deadly Stamford Hill junction

Kevin O’Sullivan, Cycle Legal Solicitor & Cyclist Campaigner, gives his views on the disappointing news that improvements to this cyclists ‘Wacky Races’ junction have been scrapped.

Transport bosses have performed a dramatic U-turn and scrapped a multi-million pound redesign of the deadly Stamford Hill junction – saying it’s safe enough as it is.

“If accident rates have declined, this is in my view not anything to do with the junction becoming safer but more down to cyclists like me avoiding a junction that in rush hour is like something out of Wacky Races” Kevin O’Sullivan, Cycling Lawyer

Cycling campaigners have been left fuming by TfL’s report, which was published in response to its own three-month consultation earlier this year.

The decision was based partly on a reduction in collisions in the 12 months leading up to February 29. But just four days after that a man was hit by a bus and killed – the first of three serious crashes in as many weeks before the consultation closed.