NSW Police recently completed a new road safety operation focusing on cyclists and pedestrians in the state.
Officers from multiple local area commands were out in force on Thursday, June 6 for Operation Pedro. Between 6am and 6pm, police units targeted cyclists and pedestrians for non-compliance and other road offences in high-traffic areas.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command said two cyclists and 26 pedestrians have already been killed on the roads this year.
“Operations like this aim to prevent further avoidable deaths on our roads. Today’s operation is all about raising awareness in the community about cycle and pedestrian safety,” he added.
“We need cyclists and pedestrians to do the right thing to ensure the safety of themselves and others.”
Are cyclists the problem?
Despite NSW Police targeting cyclists and pedestrians, recent research has suggested that these road users aren’t to blame for the majority of motor vehicle-related accidents that occur.
Earlier this month, we reported recent statistics from the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia (RAA) that showed motorists are overwhelmingly responsible for most road crashes involving cyclists.
Soufiane Boufous, senior research fellow at the Road Safety and Injury Prevention department of the University of New South Wales, claimed laws must change to reflect these trends.
Writing for The Conversation, Mr Boufous urged legislators to move to a European system where motorists are presumed to have caused a collision with cyclists unless they can prove otherwise.
“Under current laws, if a car collides with a bicycle or a pedestrian on Australian roads, they must make a case against the motorist to claim on the motorist’s insurance,” he explained.
“If the insurance company contests the claim, the injured cyclist or pedestrian has to take the case to a civil court.”
Making a road accident compensation claim
Many types of road users can pursue car accident compensation, including drivers and passengers of vehicles, as well as cyclists, motorbike riders and pedestrians.
As the research shows, motorists are often at fault in accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians. This means people who have been injured in a collision should contact an experienced compensation lawyer to check if they are eligible to claim.
If you have recently been involved in a road accident in NSW, please get in touch with one of our highly qualified personal injury specialists at Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation, Medical Negligence & Will Dispute Lawyers.