Sensible motorbike riders are fully aware of how vulnerable they are to serious injuries if they are involved in a road traffic accident that was not their own fault, and make sure they are wearing the correct clothing and gear to help lessen the risk of their injuries being life threatening, and the need to make Cardiff car accident claims.
- A well-fitting, good quality helmet. A good helmet will reduce the risk of a head injury by 50%, but most of the cheap fakes on the market will not give much protection at all.
- Good quality leather clothing can be a live saver too. If a rider comes off their bike and slides down the road, a lesser material will very quickly tears and allow flesh to be torn from the riders body. This injury is known as road rash, and its severity can be greatly reduced by good leather clothing.
- Sturdy boots to protect the feet and ankles are very useful, as are leather gloves to protect the hands.
- Somewhere, they should wear something bright to make themselves more visible to other road users.
Kitting themselves out with these things is not cheap, but the few extra pounds they spend could save their life, and once purchased, because of the hardiness of the materials, they can last for a very long time. Apart from dropping the helmet, which should then be replaced as its integrity can be compromised, the motorbike riding gear is not the sort of thing you need to replace every few months, it can last for years.
The causes of motorbike accidents, and Cardiff car accident claims
Motorbikes are involved in 20% of road traffic accidents on UK roads, although they are just less than 2% of the vehicles. Many of the accidents are caused by other traffic not seeing them, particularly at junctions and traffic islands. Often car drivers are not concentrating, and do not spot the motorbike rider before it is too late to stop.
In this situation, if the victim survives, they would be able to make Cardiff car accident claims for compensation, and if they do not live through the accident, their family would be able to make a fatal injury compensation claim.
The unfair assumption that the motorbike rider was at fault
It is often assumed that the motorbike rider must have been at fault in an accident situation, but that is not usually the case. More motorbike accidents are caused by potholes and other drivers, than the accidents riders cause themselves.
When they are injured in an accident that was not their own fault, they should get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline for all the help they will need with their compensation claim. They can do this by completing one of our online options, or by call our freephone helpline and speaking to our friendly advisers. Whichever way the decide to contact, they need have any concerns about how they will finance their claim, as we work on a ‘no win, no fee*’ basis. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.