For some motorcycle enthusiasts, their bike is a way of life. However, with the recession, more and more people are turning to motorcycles, scooters and mopeds as a lower cost means of transport. They can be more convenient than cars and less susceptible to traffic jams. However, there's no question that motorcycle riders are at greater risk than car drivers. Two wheels offer less stability and there is little to absorb the impact in the event of a collision.
This accounts for the dramatic overrepresentation of motorcycles in traffic accident statistics. In the UK, motorcyclists make up only 1% of traffic on our roads but account for 18% of fatalities and serious injuries, usually in collisions with cars or in accidents occurring without the involvement of other vehicles. As a motorcyclist, you are 40 times more likely to be killed in an accident than a car driver. These are worrying statistics, so it's important that motorcyclists and other road users take all necessary safety precautions.
Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
- Wear reflective clothing, including fluorescent or hi-viz jackets and helmets
- Maintain a reasonable speed and an ample stopping distance so that you are able to slow down and stop in plenty of time should you need to.
- Be careful when overtaking. Many accidents occur whilst trying to overtake. Ensure you can see the road ahead clearly and never overtake at a corner or bend in the road.
- Stay alert, especially when traversing roundabouts and at junctions where you need to pre-empt other road users.
- Find a safe position, which is normally in the centre of a lane. When you are preparing to turn, make sure you use your indicators and give other drivers plenty of time to respond.
Safety Tips for Other Road Users
- Be conscientious at junctions and roundabouts, check your mirrors and over your shoulder before pulling off in any direction.
- Stay calm. If a motorcyclist performs an irresponsible manoeuvre, don't be tempted to respond in kind. Remember, they are much more vulnerable on their bike than you are inside your car.
- Check before opening your doors, to ensure that motorcyclists are not passing close by.
- Be wary when overtaking, as many accidents occur whilst trying to overtake. The best advice is to give a motorcyclist the same amount of room you'd allow for overtaking another car.
- Check your mirrors before pulling off to make sure that no motorcyclists are nearby.
How to Make a Motorcycle Accident Compensation Claim
There are strict time limits imposed on how long after an accident you will be able to make a claim. Therefore, it's important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. For more information on how Cute Injury can help, get in touch today.
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