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Reducing motorbike accidents on our roads

Motorbike riders are some of the most vulnerable users of our roads. They are roughly 35 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than occupants of a car, per mile ridden.


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE

Accidents involving motorcyclists are far too high. All road users have a duty of care to look out for one another, and ensure that accidents do not happen. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable and extra care should be taken to look out for motorbikes and keep riders safe.

Motorbike riders are some of the most vulnerable users of our roads. They are roughly 35 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than occupants of a car, per mile ridden.

In 2012, a total of 238 motorcyclists were killed and a further 5,000 were seriously injured in a road accident in the UK. Junctions pose a particular threat to motorcyclists, statistics show that around 30 motorcyclists are killed or injured at junctions every single day.

Both motorbike riders and drivers of other vehicles should take care on our roads to avoid accidents happening. Injuries to motorcyclists are out of proportion to their presence on our roads. Motorcyclists are just 1% of total road traffic, yet account for 19% of all road user deaths. Clearly, more needs to be done to reduce motorbike accidents.

For example, it is advised that:

  • Motorbike riders should ride defensively when on our roads to make themselves less vulnerable.
  • Motorcyclists should try to anticipate the action of others and always be alert and observant of what is going on around them. Positioning themselves in the safest and best place to maximise their visibility to other road users and also of potential risks is also advisable.
  • Wearing the correct safety gear when riding a motorbike is also essential. Motorcyclists should wear bright, fluorescent clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night. This makes them easier to see for other road users. Motorbike riders should also wear a protective jacket, gloves, boots and trousers. A helmet is also essential - it should be well fitted and maintained correctly to give the best protection available.
  • Drivers of cars and other vehicles should take longer to look for motorbikes on our roads. They should look carefully when pulling out at a junction, and look out for motorcyclists pulling out too. Keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and a motorbike is also important.
  • Drivers should also check blind spots such as parked cars or when changing lines can also prevent accidents for motorcyclists. A motorcyclist may be in the space you want to move into or moving into it fast. Parked cars or large vehicles can also obstruct a driver’s view of a motorcyclist. Once parked up you should check for motorcyclists before opening your door. When you pull away, remember to look specifically for motorcyclists as they can accelerate faster than cars.

All of these things help towards reducing injuries sustained by motorcyclists in the UK. Accidents involving motorcyclists can have extremely serious consequences. Sarah Moore, Serious Injury Solicitor at Freeclaim commented, “Accidents involving motorcyclists are far too high. All road users have a duty of care to look out for one another, and ensure that accidents do not happen. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable and extra care should be taken to look out for motorbikes and keep riders safe.”

If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an accident involving a motorbike, Freeclaim Solicitors can help. We are specialist motorbike accident compensation solicitors with over 25 years’ experience helping clients claim the compensation they deserve.

We can help arrange treatment and rehabilitation to help you recover from your injuries and get your life back on track. Call us today to speak to one of our specialist team on 0800 612 7340 or visit http://www.freeclaim.co.uk to find out more about how we can help.


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