Damages awarded to cyclist hit by uninsured driver

A cyclist who suffered a broken wrist and a sprained ankle when hit by a negligent uninsured driver, has been awarded compensation by Market Harborough Magistrates’ Court.

The driver told the Court that sun was in his eyes and he didn’t see the cyclist approaching as he came out of a turning.   The court convicted the driver of driving without due care and attention, fined him £335 and ordered him to pay £200 to the cyclist.  He was also banned from driving for nine months after admitting that he had no insurance.

The cyclist may be able to claim further damages via a civil compensation claim. In this case, compensation may be available through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.  This little known organisation enables victims of accidents caused by uninsured or untraced drivers.