Update: I'm not really looking for any legal advice here, more looking for pointers to articles or whatever covering these topics.
Last year I was involved in a road crash whilst riding to work (linky). I'm mostly OK now. I am, however, hitting a brick wall when it comes to the insurance company. They are trying to avoid liability and are now seeking some form of contributory neligence on my part on the grounds I was cycling too fast. So my questions are:-
- Could they really succeed with that argument?
- Is there any previous case where this was used?
- Does it mean anything to other cyclists in a similar situation?
- If they succeed, would that imply a "safe speed" for cyclists?
I can't imagine how they could prove I was going too fast. The car I hit had just overtaken me and wasn't that far ahead of me. Needless to say I have no memory of the crash but I am familar with that stretch of road and there isn't much distance in which to overtake and pull away any significant distance.
I do understand that as I'm in the UK it does make this country specific but it would be interesting to hear how this is dealt with in other countries (just remember to mention this).