More and more people are starting to learn how to ride motorbikes. This is because motorbikes are cheaper to buy and run than most other motor vehicles.
It should therefore be no surprise that once riders have passed quite a strict test, they are turning to them as a commuting vehicle rather than a car. They now account for 1% of all traffic on our roads. Unfortunately, they account for 20% of accidents, and a motorbike rider is 40 times more likely to die in an accident than a car driver. Their helmets reduce the risk of head injuries by 50%, but still 80% of riders who die do so because of head and brain injuries.
Potholes on the road
Most motorbike accidents do not involve another vehicle. It is common for a biker to be thrown from their bike by hitting a pothole, bad road surface or something on the road like oil or grit. Builder’s lorries that drop grit along the roads can be lethal to motorcyclists.
If one of these has happened to you, the fault would probably lie with the local authority that should be looking after the roads, or the construction company that overfills its lorries. It is to them you would be able make a personal injury compensation claim.
The injuries that can happen
Motorbike riders can be very vulnerable on the roads; they do not have the protection the bubble of metal provides to a car driver. Their injuries tend to be more severe than those of other road users, and can include:
- Fractures: we have 206 bones in our body, so it is no surprise that a few might break in any sort of accident;
- Biker’s arm: this is where a biker falls off their motorcycle, which then lands on top of them and crushes their arm;
- Road rash: this is where a biker slides along the road after coming off their bike. They lose skin and flesh from their bodies, and it is extremely painful. Cyclists are also susceptible to road rash;
- Head and brain injuries;
- Back and spinal injuries;
- Facial injuries, particularly if the rider is wearing an open faced helmet;
- Soft tissue injuries; and
- Burns: the engine on a motorbike is very hot and exposed. It is very easy for parts of the rider’s body to come into contact with it and sustain burns.
You should speak to a personal injury lawyer in Prestwich about making a personal injury claim if any of these accidents and injuries have happened to through no fault of your own.
Accident Advice Helpline have been dealing with claims from motorcyclists, and all others sorts of claims, for over 15 years, and we have the expertise you need on your side. Call our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123 and talk to one of our friendly advisors for all the help and support you will need when making your personal injury claim.
Date Published: 10th March 2014
Author: David Brown