A councillor for Northumberland County Council was injured recently after his motorbike collided with a car, and he has now spoken out about the need for greater safety. Gordon Castle is a councillor for Alnwick and suffered serious injuries when the accident took place in August. He was taken to hospital with fractures to his spine and neck and also had a head injury.
His plea is both to motorcyclists and to drivers. He said he was wearing his best motorcycle gear on the day of the accident, clothing that is expertly designed to help protect the rider. Even though he suffered severe injuries he said it could have been a lot worse than it was, and encouraged all motorbike riders to wear all their protective gear at all times as well.
Furthermore he warned drivers to be more alert to motorcyclists around them on the roads. He has no memory at all of the accident or the two days that followed it. His motorbike accident led him to go through several surgeries that took place at the Royal Victoria Infirmary prior to going on to a neurorehabilitation unit nearby.
The dangers of being involved in a motorbike accident
This case proves how dangerous it can be to be a motorcyclist involved in an accident. Even though the councillor mentioned above was not exceeding the speed limit, he was still severely injured. His injuries may well stay with him to some extent for the rest of his life. Even if you do everything right as a motorcyclist you could still be knocked off your bike by a driver who didn’t pay due care and attention to who was around them. This puts the motorcyclist in a more vulnerable position.
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