Motorcyclists along with cyclists are among the most vulnerable commuters on the UK roads. Motorbikes account for only 1% of all traffic on the road yet 21% of road deaths are attributed to Road Traffic Accidents (RTA’s) involving motorcyclists.
The Department of Transport also reported that motorbike riders are fifty times more likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries in a motor bike accident compared to car drivers.
In an attempt to reduce these figures the government and motor cycle groups tirelessly campaign to raise awareness of motorbikes. We are all aware of the advertising campaign ‘Think Bike!’
Typical motorbike accidents are caused by:
Two major causes of motorbike accidents are
- Car drivers unaware and failing to see motorcyclists.
- Motorcyclists not adhering to the same rules as car drivers by winding in and out of traffic in an effort to queue jump.
Generally speaking motorcyclists are more aware of the roads and are more skillful drivers however this often leads motorbike riders into a false sense of security believing they are ‘in control’ of their safety.
It is impossible to judge the actions of another road user especially whilst travelling at speed. Any motorcyclist safety is ultimately in the hands of the poorest driver in their vicinity.
If a poor driver has an accident it will most probably result in a dented bumper but the same accident involving a motorcyclist could result in life changing injuries or even death.
Minimise the risk of motorbike injuries
Many motorbike injury claims are caused as a result of the motorbike and rider being unseen by the other motorist.
It is therefore vitally important that high visibility clothing is worn by the bike rider and the bike’s lights are on at all times.
In addition to ensuring high visibility all motorbike riders should take an advanced rider course to improve their riding skills and familiarise themselves with skills and road knowledge they may not have realised they needed.
Furthermore taking an advanced rider course will invariably reduce the cost of yearly insurance.
What to do following a motorbike accident:
- If anyone is injured call for an ambulance straight away.
- If liability is in dispute or anyone is abusive call the police as soon as possible.
- Note the name and address of all parties involved together with their insurance details if they have them.
- Note the registration numbers of all vehicles involved in the accident.
- Note down names and addresses of any witnesses to the accident.
- Take photographs of the accident location.
If you have suffered an injury in a motorbike accident and you believe the accident was caused as a result of someone else’s negligence you make be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.
At Accident Claims Assistance our solicitors are specialists in claiming compensation for people who have been injured in road accidents. They will be able to quickly assess whether or not you have a claim and if you do will be able to recover the maximum compensation you deserve.
Our expert solicitors have years of experience dealing with motorcycle injury claims so you can rest assured you will be in safe hands and as all the injury claims we deal with are dealt with on a ‘No Win, No Fee‘ basis there wont be any financial cost to you.
Whether or not you were the driver or passenger on a motorbike and have suffered an injury as a result of a non fault accident please contact us today to begin your claim.