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‘Bikes must pay’ - injured man calls for insurance after hit

THE SCENE: An injured motorbike rider has lashed out at “uninsured” bicycle riders.
THE SCENE: An injured motorbike rider has lashed out at “uninsured” bicycle riders.

A 32-YEAR-OLD Bli Bli man whose foot was almost torn off in a collision between his motorbike and a tourist riding a bicycle in Noosa last year believes all cyclists should have to be covered by third party insurance.

Jason Wilks, who has lived in Noosa most of his life, believes his chances of receiving legal compensation for his injuries went out the door when the Danish female visitor was allowed to board a flight right after the accident and leave Australia.

Mr Wilks said the woman ran in to him and was charged by police with failing to give way, even though he believes this was more a case of reckless endangerment causing grievous bodily harm.

"I just want to raise awareness so people can say, 'hey, you can be hurt by people on pushbikes on the road and there's no policy to cover you'," he said.

"I think it's reasonable."

Mr Wilks is keen to see a public poll conducted to find out how strongly the public feeling is on this matter.

Last July Mr Wilks was riding his 250cc motorbike towards Noosaville along Noosa Pde near the bus terminal around 3pm and was hit just after the roundabout.

"I stopped at the crossing just before the roundabout to let people cross, and I would have got up to 25-30ks when it happened.

"She wasn't in the bike lane or anything, she came from the opposite side of the road, across one lane to get in front of me," he said.

Mr Wilks said he suffered compound fractures and dislocation to his left foot.

"My foot was ripped three quarters of the way off.

"All I know was it was horrific."

Mr Wilks, who is caring for his frail father, said he checked himself out of hospital and has two lengthy operations, as has been undergoing ongoing rehabilitation.

"In the future, if the pain continues and gets too bad, I may have to get the whole thing fused up. I had to learn to walk again...all my ligaments were destroyed.

"It's completely destroyed me, I can't work now, I can't do anything and there's no liability because there is no liability insurance. It's just crazy.

"I was hoping after I finish looking after my dad that I could go back to work, but that's completely shot to s*** now."

What do Noosa News readers think about mandatory third party insurance for bike riders to cover injury claims? Email us noosaed@scnews.com.au or post a comment on line.


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