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Dutch law in case of accidents between pedestrians or cyclists with drivers of a motorised vehicle

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  • eric britton
    From: Roelof Wittink [mailto:roelof.wittink@cycling.nl] Sent: Tuesday, 15 March, 2011 15:22 Dear Eric I will summarise what the Dutch law regulates in case of
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      From: Roelof Wittink [mailto:roelof.wittink@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, 15 March, 2011 15:22

       

      Dear Eric

       

      I will summarise what the Dutch law regulates in case of accidents between pedestrians or cyclists with rider or drivers of a motorised vehicle. The reason behind the regulations is to arrange liability. As a consequence pedestrians and cyclists might experience more safety since the prime responsibility to prevent an accident is in fact with the motorised rider or driver.

       

      Article 185 of the highway code states that in case of an accident, the rider or driver is almost always liable when the pedestrian of cyclist is less than 14 years and at least 50% liable when the ped or cycl is 14 years or older. The only exemption is when the driver can prove force majeure.

      To what extent the ped or cyclists will held responsible between 0 and 50% depends on his or her mistakes. The motorised rider or driver have to prove that he or she made mistakes.

       

      An important role for this law has been played by the opportunity to make use of insurances. Riders and drivers of motorised vehicles are obliged to have an insurance for damage and loss for others.

       

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      I hope this is of help

       

      roelof 

       

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      >>> "eric britton" <eric.britton@...> 4-3-2011 12:07 >>>

      [English text follows.]

      Aqui está o texto em francês do "Código de la rue" do governo belga. Espero que isso se revele um documento útil para criar qualquer ordenança um local para PA ou nacionalmente. É claro que a lei é uma coisa e outra completamente diferente aplicação. Ainda assim, se algumas ou tudo isso já existe na legislação nacional, a aplicação integral é algo que você pode empurrar para. A chave, gostaria de oferecer, é o "Príncipe de prudência", segundo o qual o ônus da prova em uma solução jurídica (e indemnização do seguro), após um incidente será sobre a maior / mais pesado / mais rápido para provar sua inocência - em oposição à situação que prevalece na maioria dos lugares onde a responsabilidade recai sobre o lesado provar a culpa do veículo maior.

      É um pensamento interessante refletir sobre como a última tragédia de sexta-feira perto teria jogado fora nos tribunais e em termos de sanções e compensações para todos os envolvidos, hade o "Código" esteve em vigor. (E a gente teria que pensar que o Sr. Neis pode não ter sido completamente fora do controle da pessoa que ele deixe fora da gaiola interna, se tivesse tido conhecimento do custo inevitável de seu gesto, não termos lata de ferimentos a outros e, possivelmente, vidas perdidas, mas também ao seu bolso, que provavelmente tem que assumir é uma área importante de conscientização social da sua parte como um banqueiro.)

      Você vai encontrar mais disto na secção de comentários do artigo, os comentários http://worldstreets.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/a-street-code-for-porto-alegre/ #.

      Eric Britton
      Skype: newmobility T. +331 7550 3788

      Minhas desculpas para a tradução automatic

       

       

       

      Here is the text in French of the "Code de la rue" of the Belgian government. I hope this will prove a useful document to create either a local ordinance for PA or nationally. Of course the law is one thing and enforcement quite another. Still, if some or all of this is already there in the national law, full enforcement is something you can push for. They key, I would offer, is the "principe de prudence", whereby the onus of proof in a legal settlement (and insurance compensation) after an incident will be on the larger/heavier/faster to prove their innocence – as opposed to the situation prevailing in most places where the onus is on the injured party to prove the culpability of the larger vehicle.

       

      It is an interesting thought to ponder how last Friday's near tragedy would have played out in the courts and in terms of penalties and compensation for all involved, hade the "Code' been in place. (And one would have to think that Mr. Neis might not have been quite the out of control person he let out of his inner cage, had he been aware of the inevitable cost of his gesture, no tin terms of injury to others and lives possibly lost but also to his pocketbook, which we probably have to assume is a major area of social awareness on his part as a banker.)

       

      You will find more of this in the Comments section of the article at http://worldstreets.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/a-street-code-for-porto-alegre/#comments.

       

      Eric Britton

      Skype: newmobility  T. +331 7550 3788

       

       

       

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