Cycle campaigning group, the CTC, have forced Provident insurance group to
drop a claim against a young child injured after being knocked off his bike.
Darren Coombs suffered brain damage after being knocked off his bike, but in
the face of compansation claims, the insurers launched a counter claim
declaring that Darren’s parents were negligent in allowing the child to cycle
unsupervised and without a helmet.
Though the boy or his family were not members, the CTC pitched in with full
legal and technical support including an open letter to Provident and an
array of legal and cycling experts, forcing the insurers to back down.
Mrs Coombs said: “We had struggled along without help for ages then suddenly
had CTC’s offer of support and the backing of cyclists. Provident realised
they didn’t have a leg to stand on.”
For full details of the case and campaign, visit the CTC website. While you’re there
have a good long think about all the legal, camapigning and trail access and
insurance benefits they offer, as well as the fact that if you don’t need
them yourself, your cash is going towards helping those that do.
They might have a slightly ‘Olde Worlde’ britches and prehistoric bikes
reputation, but they do a lot of damn good work behind the scenes. Support
them, and be supported by them.