Motorcycle travel can be very dangerous and so taking safety precautions while riding on a motorbike is important. When you ride on the back of a motorcycle as a passenger, the driver has a duty of care to protect your safety and a failure to do this may result in a claim being made against them.
What are the risks for motorcycle passengers?
When compare to other types of road travel such as cars, coaches or lorries, motorcycle riders are considerable more vulnerable on the roads. Not only are they in a much smaller vehicle so any impact by other road users may be more serious for them, but the protection a motorcycle offers in comparison to a car is minimal. It is therefore important that safety precautions are in place for motorcyclists, and when riding on the back of a motorbike as a passenger this is also important.
Passenger should be wearing a helmet and leathers to protect themselves and having a method of communication with the driver of the motorcycle can also be extremely advantageous in the event of something going wrong. Hopefully the motorcyclist will take all this into consideration when letting someone be a passenger of their motorcycle. If they don’t however, and an accident does happen, there may have been things that could have been done to prevent the accident or to protect the passenger. A motorcyclist should also be aware of how having a passenger on board can affect the way their bike handles and so they may need to adjust their reactions or driving in order to account for this.
Can I claim if I’ve been injured as a motorcycle passenger?
If your injuries were caused because of negligence of the driver of the motorcycle, you may be able to claim motorcycle passenger compensation. Of course, a third party may also have been responsible in some way. There will need to be evidence to show that this is the case and that your injuries are as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Accident Advice Helpline is experienced in working with accident and injury claims, having been in the industry for 15 years. We work on your behalf, looking after the legal side and gathering evidence to support your claim. There are no fees if your claim is not successful due to our no win, no fee policy, and all you need to do to start the process is call us on our free helpline – 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: November 30, 2015
Author: Sarah Douglas