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a mate of mine had a good win in melbourne magistrate's court. he got hit from behind by a driver in the CBD who was trying to overtake him coming away from the lights but 'misjudged'. he wasn't a Bicycle Vic member (which is a good idea), so he wasn't insured. he served the driver with a summons (if that's the right term) to attend a hearing in magistrate's court.
he was well prepared, had all the facts clearly prepared and laid out, and won. a pretty cut and dried case, but it's encouraging to hear that the system worked for him. he didn't use a lawyer, which would have been too costly. he only got 80% of his claim for property damage, as the magistrate made something up about how he could have avoided it (i wasn't there, unsure what that was).
so there you go.
Take it to Appeal... one of the fundamental tenets of the road is the presumption that the person in front has extremely little control over what the person behind them is doing. Sounds like some anticyclist BS that needs to be humiliated by his peers.
Magistrates can be cowboys. Or cowgirls in the case of Pat O'Shane
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/busines ... 6415060289
When all else fails, persistence prevails -- Lew Hollander
Doubt it's worth it. It's at least as much time and trouble again, only for 80% less money. Nor is it risk free: there are costs consequences if you lose. Dunno the facts, so I'm speculating, but I've got a hard time seeing how taking the win isn't the right move.
I suppose there's a principle involved, but it's not like this creates a binding precedent. That said, good to hear someone had a win.
She's also just be booked for using her mobile phone while driving.
it was the principle for him. the driver was playing hard to get, so he called his bluff. i'd do the same, i reckon - except that i've got BV insurance.
Oh, I was talking about appealing. I would probably have gone to court too in his shoes. Good to hear he got a result.
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