How to avoid fatal motorbike collisions
As a motorbike driver, you are one of the most vulnerable people on the road. Where most other vehicles offer some protection in the case of an accident, a motorcyclist has just a helmet and a little padding between them, the road and other vehicles. In some fatal motorbike collisions the rider has been drinking or not paying attention, but this is not the main cause of motorbike death. Following a few simple tips can help you to avoid fatal motorbike collisions.
Follow the rules of the road
Wherever you are, even if you are in an area that you know well, on a road you have travelled down many times before, you should obey the rules of the road. Make sure that you stop at red lights, give way when you need to, and follow the flow of traffic correctly. Many fatal motorbike accidents can be avoided by simply following the rules you learned when you started riding your motorbike.
Wear a helmet to avoid fatal motorbike collisions
Fatal motorbike collisions can be turned into lesser accidents if you always make sure that you are wearing your helmet. A helmet provides more protection than you think, and will help to prevent head injuries and permanent brain damage. Helmets should be high quality, and should be replaced immediately if they become damaged. It is against the law to ride a motorbike without wearing a cycle helmet.
Before passing from one road onto another it is important that you pause and check the road ahead of you. Look left and right, then left again, to ensure that nothing is moving quickly towards you, and that you are safe on blind corners. If other drivers are impatient then it is better to deal with a few horns than get involved in a crash. If an accident does occur because of another driver, you can call Accident Advice Helpline to get advice on making a claim against another motorist. Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years’ experience with such claims and can help you to get the compensation you deserve.
Headlights and reflectors
Make sure that your headlights are working, and that you have reflectors on the front and back of your bike, as well as reflectors on any side wheels and pedals. A motorbike is far more difficult to see in the dark, and at night motorbike accidents are far more likely. Make sure that every vehicle on the road can see you by ensuring your bike is as brightly lit as possible.
Never drive overtired
Much the same as with drivers of any vehicle, if you are feeling tired or have had anything to drink you should leave the bike at home. Even if you think riding your motorbike will wake you up, it is just not worth the risk. If you do fall asleep whilst riding and are involved in an accident then you will not be able to claim compensation on any accident you get into.
If you need to make a compensation claim then call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 14th August 2013
Author: David Brown