There is just something about a motorcycle that is undeniably romantic. The wind in your hair, the allure of the open road; there’s that tangible connection with the environment that just isn’t there when you’re driving a car.
They are undeniably dangerous vehicles though (indeed, the danger is one of the main aspects that attracts many to the machines) if they are not used properly and there are many road users who are just plain wary of motorcyclists. As a result, motorcycle accidents are unfortunately common and often devastating.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents
It is estimated that around 4 out of every 5 motorcycle accidents are caused by other road users. A fascinating statistic that completely undermines the commonly-held belief that motorcyclists are less sensible drivers than other motorists.
This means, of course, that in the majority of cases in the event of an accident the motorcyclist will be the one with the grounds to make a personal injury claim; unfortunately they will also more than likely be the ones who end up with the more severe injuries.
Of course, there is always that 1 in 5 case to consider. Below are the 5 most common causes of motorcycle accidents in the UK when the mistake is made by the motorcyclist. They are all easy mistakes to make but are even easier to avoid with the right foresight:-Open Claim Calculator
- A loss of control either through mechanical fault or through the fault of the rider.
- A failed overtaking manoeuvre.
- A collision at a junction.
- A failed left hand turn.
- A failed right hand turn.
Of these, by far the most common is the failed left hand turn, where bikers pull out in front of a car. In this case the biker is at fault because the driver of the car will have a ‘blind spot’ that will obscure their vision. Really it all comes down to common sense. Follow the rules of the road and pay attention to it and your fellow drivers.
Personal injury compensation
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact us at Accident Advice Helpline. We’re a law firm that deals specifically with personal injury law so we are well equipped to deal with any traffic accident where the claimant was not at fault.
We operate on a no win no fee basis and can be reached 24/7 on our hotline so call today for a no-obligation conversation.