Cogent Potency

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10 February, 2022

John Bennett

Cogent potency is often used by the courts when considering claims brought by pedestrians against drivers of vehicles. Basically, it means the bigger you are, the hard you hit and the more damage you may cause. The new Highway code reflects this and puts the hierarchy of road users as follows:

  • Pedestrians
  • Cyclists
  • Horse riders
  • Motorcycles
  • Cars and taxis
  • Vans and minibuses
  • HGV's

Motorists are required to give way to pedestrians and cyclists at junction and give more room when passing cyclists and horse riders. Lancashire Live reports many are unaware of the new changes and some are unhappy about it and are planning to challenge the changes. The new code is designed to ensure everyone is as safe a possible when out on the roads and to think about each other. As our lives get busier and faster, with less time the consequences of rushing can be catastrophic.

When conflict and collisions occur the most vulnerable (pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist and horse riders) who do not have the benefit of a protective cage around them, usually come off worse. Injuries are not only inconvenient but can be devasting and life changing in some cases.

If you, a member of your family or friends have been unfortunate enough to have been injured in a road traffic collision you may be entitled to claim compensation and recover any losses incurred, obtain funding to help with treatment and recovery. Here at Forbes, we specialise in dealing with injury claims. Our team of experience solicitors are cyclists horse riders and drivers and understand the risks and problems that can occur. If you have been injured in a road accident, call one of the team for some no win, no fee, no obligation advice.

For more information contact John Bennett in our Personal Injury department via email or phone on 01254 872111. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.

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