A motorcyclist who was injured when the motorbike he was riding collided with a trailer in the Borders area of Scotland has been awarded £66,000 in compensation. The accident happened in 2012 on the A72 in the area, the road that runs between Peebles and Innerleithen, and the biker, Mr Adam Russell, had to be treated for his injuries.
The Court of Session saw a written judgement given by Lady Stacey, the judge presiding over the case. She found the driver of the vehicle towing the trailer, Mr Swinton, was at fault for the accident. He had been in a field next to the road and had pulled out onto the road in front of the biker. In doing so the trailer was directly in Mr Russell’s path when he reached it and he had no time to do anything other than run right into it.
It was claimed in court that the motorcyclist had been riding over the speed limit just prior to the accident occurring. However the judge ruled that Mr Russell had done nothing to contribute to the collision taking place. She also said there was no evidence to suggest the biker was going over the speed limit at the time.
Are motorcyclists in more danger on the roads?
Motorcyclists are certainly involved in a higher proportion of accidents in relation to people driving cars. Indeed, when they are involved in accidents they tend to receive more serious injuries as a consequence of having less protection. This case was a good example of this, since Mr Russell required medical attention after his collision with the trailer.
However not all accidents are caused by motorcyclists. In some cases it is another driver who is found to be at fault. A motorcyclist collision can be very dangerous for the biker and even safe biking doesn’t always protect you.
Source: BBC News