YOUR SAY: Should cyclists be covered by third party?

Brenda Strong

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 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, '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 for a public poll to see how strongly the public feels about this matter.

Last July Mr Wilks was riding his 250cc motorbike towards Noosaville along

Noosa Parade near the bus terminal about 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 to 30kmh when it happened," Mr Wilks said.

"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."

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

"My foot was ripped three-quarters of the way off," he said.

"All I know was it was horrific."

Mr Wilks, who is caring for his frail father, checked himself out of hospital and has had two lengthy operations and ongoing rehabilitation.

"In the future, if the pain continues and gets too bad, I may have to get the whole thing fused up," he said.

"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 now."

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