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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Accident claim – road traffic in the UK


    Accident claim road traffic cases commonly involve collisions between a car and a motorcycle. This type of accident is reported every day to the law firm Accident Advice Helpline. They frequently help the motorcyclist to claim compensation from the car driver because it is the person driving the car that was at fault for the accident.

    Many people are just not aware that accidents can also be caused by the motorcyclist and that car drivers can be hurt in this sort of accident. Of course, this would mean that the car driver would be contacting Accident Advice Helpline to try to claim compensation from the motorbike rider. Here is some more information about accidents involving motorbikes and cars and about accident claim road traffic in the UK cases…

    Accident claim road traffic in the UK cases – accidents caused by cars

    Cars collide with motorcyclists when their drivers emerge from junctions without checking the road properly. This is the classic I just didn’t see him sort of accident. Some car drivers find it very hard to judge the speed of an approaching motorcyclist and pull out even though they saw them. Vehicles making a left turn can also collide with motorcyclists if they do not spot them in the space between the car and the pavement. Heavy goods vehicles have a particular problem when turning left.

    Accident claim road traffic in the UK cases – safe motorcyclists

    People who ride motorcycles safely are easy to identify. They are usually courteous to other drivers and are mindful of the safety of other road users. They often wear high visibility clothing so that they are visible to other road users. They indicate and signal clearly that they are about to take a manoeuvre and do not adopt the practice of weaving in and out of traffic. This type of driver also avoids being involved in an accident claim road traffic UK case by allowing plenty of distance between them and the vehicle in front. They would not usually undertake a hazardous manoeuvre such as overtaking on the inside lane – sometimes called undertaking – and always check their identifiable blind spots.

    Accident claim road traffic in the UK cases – awareness of motorcyclists

    There are a few critical ways in which car drivers can raise their awareness of motorcyclists:

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    • Keep checking mirrors for motorcyclists
    • Take extreme care when emerging from junctions
    • Maintain a safe distance between you and the motorbike in front of you
    • If a motorcyclist is too close up behind you, rather than speeding up it is best to slow down further and then they are likely to overtake you

    Accident claim road traffic in the UK cases – accidents

    In any collision involving a car or other road vehicle and a motorcyclist, it is likely to be the latter that comes off worse. This is true irrespective of who caused the accident. In a serious accident, the priority is to treat the seriously wounded and then investigate who caused it. Therefore, it is useful if motorists have a basic idea of how to provide First Aid to an injured motorcyclist while waiting for the emergency services to arrive.

    Date Published: 8th June 2013

    Author: Sharon Parry

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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