Motorbikes are cheaper to buy, cheaper to tax, cheaper to insure and cheaper on fuel and maintenance, so 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.
Motorbikes now account for 1% of all traffic on our roads. Unfortunately, they also 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 bike riders who die do so because of head and brain injuries.
Many motorbike accidents do not involve another vehicle. It is quite common for a biker to be thrown from their bike by hitting a pothole, a bad road surface or something like oil or grit. Builder’s lorries that drop grit along the roads can be lethal to a motorbike rider.
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 against them you would be able make a claim using road injury lawyers in Rejerrah.
The injuries that can happen to bikers
Motorbike riders are very vulnerable on the roads, because they do not have the protection the bubble of metal gives a car driver. Their injuries tend to be more severe than that of other road users and can include:
- Biker’s arm – motorbikes are a heavy piece of machinery and this is where when the biker falls off, the bike lands on top of them and crushes their arm.
- Road rash – this is where they slide 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.
- Fractures – we have 206 bones in our body, so it is no surprise that a few might break in any sort of accident.
- Head and brain injuries.
- Back and spinal injuries.
- Facial injuries – particularly if the rider is wearing an open-faced helmet.
- Soft tissue injuries.
- Burns – the engine on a motorbike is very hot and exposed. It is easy for parts of the rider’s body to come into contact with it and sustain burns.
These are just a few examples of the injuries that can happen to the motorbike rider, and if any of these have happened to you in an accident that was not your fault then you should speak to road injury lawyers in Rejerrah about making a personal injury claim.
Road injury lawyers in Rejerrah
Accident Advice Helpline have been dealing with motorbikers’ claims, and all others sorts of claims, for over 15 years’. Our road injury lawyers in Rejerrah have the expertise you need on your side. Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobile phones 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: 4th November 2013
Author: David Brown