Fairer and faster compensation
Compensation is intended to restore the victim to their pre crash status, as much as possible. Instead, our civil justice system discriminates against road crash victims and denies them justice.
We need our civil compensation system to be
1. Reverse the burden of proof in collisions with pedestrians and cyclists. Those walking and cycling will always face increased risk of death and injury. The presumption of liability ought to at least be on the motorist.
2. Ensure that all children, elderly and the disabled are compensated for any injuries incurred, regardless of their actions. As the French and Dutch already do, we need to offer the maximum protection and support for our most vulnerable groups.
3. Extend the bereavement damages to other family members, with age restrictions removed, and the amount increased. Wrongful death should incur a higher financial penalty.
4. Reverse recent changes which have made it harder for those injured in crashes to claim as well as reduce their damages. These are obstacles to compensation, not reforms.
5. Expedites full and fair financial compensation to those suffering a wrongful injury or bereavement. Emotional devastation should not be aggravated by financial hardship.