New accident app lifts legal protection for Queensland bike riders
A new smartphone app is set to lift legal protection for bike riders involved in crashes and close passes with vehicles, making it easier for cyclists to file claims against third parties.
The app has been developed by Cycle Law with the endorsement of Bicycle Queensland, to better assist bike riders who get hurt or injured while riding.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said the Cycle Incident Log was the first of its kind anywhere in the world.
“The Cycle Law Incident Log is designed to help bike riders when they need it most, immediately following a crash or incident,” she said.
“It steps riders through the incident recording process and captures vital evidence that can be retained and used later in compensation and legal claims.
“This app helps the rider to collect critically important details, including photographic evidence, witness details, and location data.”
The app is available free for download in iPhone and Android stores.
“The app records registration numbers, driver licence details, road conditions, and other information that can be taken straight to the police or shared with a solicitor,” Ms Savage said.
“We are committed to providing greater support for bike riders and other vulnerable road users, so that the law doesn’t let them down when they go to file claims.”
Cycle Law Principal Emily Billiau urged all riders to download the app.
“Our aim is to ensure cyclists get fair and swift outcomes in the wake of a crash or accident,” she said.
“The information captured can be submitted immediately for no-obligation legal advice and assistance.
“All too often cyclists are left in a state of shock and distress, without ready access to a step-by-step support system that can do their thinking for them while they try and process what occurred.
“The app is both a support service and a safety device, designed to encourage compliance with the Road Rules and honest dealings by all parties in the unfortunate event of a crash.”
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Please call Kim Ryan from BQ on 0459 395 875 or Emily Billiau from Cycle Law on 3014 6590.