It has been said that motorcycles represent approximately about 1% of the traffic on our roads in the UK but they account for 18% of all serious deaths and injuries. Motorcyclists are 40 times more likely to be killed in an accident than a car driver. This is why it is highly important that you take extra care as a motorcycle driver and also as another road user where motorcycles are present.
There are five common motorcycle accidents that occur on roads worldwide; these include:
Bends on country roads
Collisions at junctions
Collisions while overtaking
Loss of control
In order to safely ride a motorcycle you need to be skilled. You need to be able to manoeuvre around corner with the right amount of bend placed on the bike; you also need to be able to adjust your riding in order to deal with different road conditions such as poor whether conditions, spills on the road and pot holes. As well as making sure you are prepared for whatever the road surface has to offer you also need to ensure that your motorcycle is in the best condition, especially the tyres. You need to make sure that your tyres have the correct amount of tread and the correct pressure, remember it is the tyres on the motorcycle that your life depends on.
In recent years there has been an increase in the sales of scooters and motorcycles; however this has sadly been corresponded with an increase in deaths and serious injury of motorcycle riders. This is why it is important that as a motorcyclist you are alert, especially at junctions and roundabouts; you need to be anticipating what other road users are likely to do and always check before completing a manoeuvre. Another important aspect that you need to keep in mind is your positioning within the road. The best and most safe position for a motorcyclist is in the centre of a lane, which is where you should intend to stay until you need to turn; you should then make your way over to the correct side of the lane.
Having an accident on a motorcycle as either the rider or passenger you have the potential of suffering from numerous different injuries such as whiplash, broken bones, tissue damage, multiple trauma, paraplegia and brain damage or even suffering a fatal accident. These merely name a few of the injuries that you may be suffering from after having a motorcycle accident.
If you have had a motorcycle accident in the last three years that has left you suffering from life changing injuries or that has left you facing financial difficulty due to being out of work and facing mounting medical expenses then get in touch with a personal injury specialist today as you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
In a successful claim compensation will be awarded for your initial injuries, any medical expenses that you are facing and any loss of earnings that you have suffered since that accident.
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