A road accident in Basingstoke and Deane does not have to be between two cars — it could just as easily be a motorbike accident.
Motorbikes now account for almost 2% of the traffic on our roads, with over a million of them registered with the DVLA as in use. Unfortunately, they are involved in 20% of road traffic accidents, because they are more vulnerable on our roads than cars.
What riders can do to try and avoid a road accident in Basingstoke and Deane
As well as being vulnerable to accidents, motorbike riders have very little protection if they are involved in one. There are a few things they can do to try and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
- Don’t ride next to another motorbike. If one goes down, it is very likely to take the other with it.
- Do not ride close to parked cars. If a door is opened in your path, it could knock you from your bike.
- Filtering is something motorbike riders see as an advantage, because it means they do not have to sit in traffic jams; but do it slowly and keep very alert to cars changing lanes without indicating.
- Wear a good quality helmet. This will reduce the risk of a head or brain injury by 50%, but if it is dropped or damaged in anyway it will no longer give the same amount of protection and should be replaced.
- Good leather clothing will give protection against injuries such as road rash, which can be very painful and cause the rider much discomfort. The engine of a motorbike is very hot, and leathers can help to reduce the severity of a burn should the biker come into contact with it when they fall.
- Wearing something bright will make riders more visible to other road users. One of the most common reasons given for accidents is that a vehicle driver could not see the motorbike in time to stop.
Above all else, motorbike riders need to be very aware of what is going on around them. Part of the motorbike training includes awareness, and there is a train of thought that motorbike riders make better car drivers because of this extra training.
How to claim legal rights after a road accident in Basingstoke and Deane
It is a sad fact that motorbike riders, and cyclists in a similar position, are generally thought to be at fault in accidents, when more often than not this is not the case.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we make sure that any riders we represent are treated correctly and get the compensation to which they are entitled after being involved in an accident that was not their fault. We have successfully dealt with many motorbike accident claims over the last 15 years. We can be contacted via our freephone helpline number: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 26th June 2014