Submission to APPCG Justice Enquiry

My name is Kevin O’Sullivan and I am a personal injury lawyer of 25 years experience. For the last 15 years I have almost exclusively represented cyclists in cases arising from road accidents, mostly in London. Injuries have ranged from cuts and bruises to those of the utmost severity, severe brain damage, multiple orthopaedic injuries, serious scarring cases (from going under a HGV) and significant psychiatric consequences – many of my clients refuse to cycle again after a serious accident. I’ve personally conducted two inquests for tragic cyclist fatalaties and appear regularly in the media on cycling law. In January 2016, I set up the UK’s first ever law firm that acts just for cyclists, Cycle Legal. Although I am a civil lawyer, a central part of every cycling personal injury case is to closely monitor a police investigation and prosecution, and support my client throughout this lengthy process, although I have no direct involvement since it is of course a matter of the state against the defendant driver and my client is a witness for the prosecution. I will restrict most of my comments to criminal justice, since in my long experience, this is the subject that cyclists care about most greatly, whether criminal justice is served after they have been the victim of a road accident, rather than the financial outcome of any civil case. Criminal justice ,moreover,is where I consider most change should take place for cyclists in the legal system. I will be forwarding to the committee the contact details of clients of mine who have agreed to be contacted and, indeed,wish to speak to...

ACCIDENT – TULSE HILL (A204) / TULSE HILL ESTATE

Cycle Accident Claim – Tulse Hill, South London After a car pulled out of a side road without due care, it forces the cyclist to lose control and cause both damage and injury. Kevin O’Sullivan dealt with the claim on behalf of the cyclist and made a claim against the car driver. The cyclist suffered injuries, including grazing/road rash all down the left hand side of their body. Details of Cycle Accident Whilst cycling in Tulse Hill (A204), the cyclist approached the driveway leading to Tulse Hill Estate when a car pulled out from the driveway and right in front of the cyclist and attempted to turn right. The claimant could not prevent an accident from happening, although tried to avoid the collision. Kevin O’Sullivan, Cycle Legal main solicitor, successfully made a claim against the car driver who used the incident. This is the testimonial from the cyclist following the claim payout. I just want to thank you for your help with this matter. I’m delighted with the settlement that you’ve helped achieve for me, but in addition I’ve been impressed with the efficiency and speed with which you’ve handled everything. It’s been a pleasure to deal with you and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your services to anyone requiring...
Cycle Accident Claim – Hillmarton Road & Parkhurst Road, London

Cycle Accident Claim – Hillmarton Road & Parkhurst Road, London

Cycle Accident Details Whilst waiting at a ‘Give Way’ line, the cyclist was suddenly hit from behind by a bus pulling up to the junction with Hillmarton Road and Parkhurst Road. Injuries Incurred from Cycle Accident The client suffered tissue injury to their hand, cuts and grazes to knees and left thigh and suffered from a sore lower back. Bicycle Incident Report At 10:30am the client, a cyclist, pulled up at the ‘Give Way’ road markings at the junction of Hillmarton Road and Parkhurst Road. Whilst waiting for traffic to clear, her bicycle was suddenly hit from behind by a bus. Shocked, the client fell from her bicycle and ended up underneath the bus. She then managed to crawl to safety. The client called the police who advised her to exchange details with the bus driver as they would not be attending the scene. The client later reported the accident at a police station. Kevin O’Sullivan acted for the injured...
Cycle Legal makes history as First Ever UK Cycling Law Firm

Cycle Legal makes history as First Ever UK Cycling Law Firm

The UK’s first ever stand-alone cycle law firm launches this Friday evening, 15 April, at premier London Cycle Café, Look Mum No Hands, 49 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HX Cycle Legal based in London at the heart of the UK’s cycling revolution was founded by committed cyclist and specialist in cycling law, Kevin O’Sullivan. Kevin developed a cycling law department at his previous firm and has acted almost exclusively for cyclists seriously injured on London’s roads for over 15 years. He appears regularly on LBC on cycling matters with Nick Ferrari on the breakfast show. “Cyclists like me enjoy being represented by a firm which only looks out for them, fighting for their rights, and campaigning for safer roads and increased cycle usage across the country. I set up Cycle Legal, since so many of the cyclists I have met and represented have said to me that they do not wish to be represented by a huge corporation, but rather a niche firm that specialises only in the needs of the two-wheeled traveller. As a cycling city, London has been transformed after 16 years of two very different Mayors. Boris has built on Ken’s great work, in my view, and the superhighways currently nearing completion will only add to this. This political leadership has made cycling safer too. When I started cycling in London over 20 years ago, there were not anything like the facilities there after day, and it was much more dangerous. The sterling work by cycling campaigners to make lorries safer has been equally important and that battle is far from over. ‘’ Cycle Legal specialises in...
The UK’s Only Dedicated Cycle Injury Solicitors

The UK’s Only Dedicated Cycle Injury Solicitors

Cycle Legal only deals with Cycle Injury cases. It is the UK’s first ‘cycle only legal firm, run by solicitor and cycle enthusiast Kevin O’Sullivan. Kevin has many years of experience dealing with cycle injury claims, having previously run Levenes Solicitors Cycle Injury Claims Department. Kevin is also well known in the media for his knowledge within this field, regularly being called upon for his view on LBC Radio programmes, BBC London News and often being quoted in the Evening Standard. In 2016, Kevin set up his own independent Cyclist Injury Claims Solicitors, Cycle...