Motorist Defends Claim Against Cyclist 

In a recent case, Duffy v Lyons (2017) IEHC 390, a motorist successfully defended a claim by a cyclist. The cyclist turned right across the path of the motorist. The Judge held a) that the cyclist should have given right of way to the motorist, and b) that he was negligent in not having lights, not wearing a helmet, and in not making a hand signal as he turned. In those circumstances the Judge found that the motorist was not liable for the severe injuries caused to the cyclist. 
Cyclists should note that failure to wear a helmet, failure to have no lights and failure to make the necessary hand signals when making a turn will all lead to a reduction in damages. If you have suffered personal injuries in an accident in the last two years please do not hesitate to telephone us on 01-8732134 for advice. 
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