If you are reading this then you may have been in a motorbike accident and are thinking of consulting a motorbike accident claims solicitor. These are specialist lawyers who handle claims arising from motorbike accidents. Motorbike accident claim solicitors work at law firms like Accident Advice Helpline.
You can claim if the accident was not your fault. If you were driving in an appropriate way then it is less likely that the accident would have been caused by you and it may be easier to prove that the incident was down to someone else – another road user or pedestrian. Some tips for safe motorcycle riding are given here…
Motorbike accident claims solicitor – safe driving tips
- Hazard awareness – a hazard is anything that could put the motorcyclist at risk. Motorcyclists choose a position on the road that allows them to see well ahead and spot any potential problems. A crucial element of hazard awareness is selection of the appropriate speed. If you travelling too fast you will not be able to react to a hazard before you are affected by it. A motorbike accident claims solicitor deals with many crashes that occur within a few miles of the motorcyclist’s home. This is because the roads are familiar and that familiarity can reduce concentration levels.
- Overtaking – motorbikes can actually overtake extremely safely. The rider has a good view of the road ahead and usually they can accelerate and slow down quickly when they need to. In short, their manoeuvrability is a key safety feature. However, the rider’s attitude to overtaking has to be appropriate to avoid a safe manoeuvre turning into a deadly one. A motorbike rider has to weigh up many factors in a short time period of time before they overtake and if they do not then the situation can tragically end up being dealt with by a motorbike accident claims solicitor.
- Cornering – getting cornering right is one of the most important skills for motorcyclists to master. You cannot correct poor cornering when you are half way around by braking because you will just end up losing control and spinning off the road. If there are warning signs then heed them – they are there for a reason. Remember that there could be added hazards like a wet road, a drain cover or leaves.
- Filtering – this is when you overtake slow moving vehicles, for example, in a traffic jam. It is a perfectly legal manoeuvre as long as it is undertaken with due care and attention. There are some situations, however, where it is not legal. These include places where there is a no overtaking sign or double white lines in the middle of the road and you have to cross a solid one closest to you. It should not be done on motorways or on approaches to pedestrian crossings.
- Junctions – many accidents that are dealt with by a motorbike accident claims solicitor occur at junctions. Motorbike riders can help themselves by making sure that they are seen and heard – bright clothing, lights, horn – and by slowing down and approaching junction with caution.
Call Accident Advice Helpline free for no obligation advice about making a claim. 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 31st May 2013
Author: Sharon Parry