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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Serious motorcycle accidents

    Department For Transport figures show that serious motorcycle accidents have increased at an alarming rate over recent years, with an increase of more than 30% in the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on the roads in some parts of the UK.

    Tips for avoiding serious motorcycle accidents

    Motorcyclists should all be aware of certain safety precautions that they can take in order to reduce the risk of an accident

    1. Wear the correct clothing

    By law you must always wear a helmet, but also need to ensure you wear appropriate clothing such as:

    • A long‑sleeved jacket which fits closely around the wrists, made either from leather or other suitable material which can offer adequate protection if you should be involved in an accident and fall off your bike.
    • Long trousers, preferably also leather or other suitable material. These will protect you from the hottest parts of the bike as well as in the event of an accident
    • Full fingered gloves. These will protect your hands from abrasion in a fall, but also help you maintain control of your bike
    • A visor or goggles to ensure that you have good visibility and your eyes are protected from wind, dust and other debris
    • Sturdy boots for good grip, which should be without laces as these can become entangled and pose a hazard

    2. Ride responsibly

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    • DON’T exceed the speed limit. Police forces have recorded some motorcyclists travelling at speeds of up to 150mph. Speeding dramatically increases your chances of an accident. Your reaction time is significantly reduced, as is that of other road users who may encounter you.
    • DO Observe the Highway Code
    • DO Take extra care on bends and don’t overtake unless you have a clear view ahead
    • DON’T give way to peer pressure when riding in groups
    • DON’T ride if you are tired or unwell
    • BE AWARE of your positioning on the road – don’t stay in the blind spot of cars or other vehicles

    3. Maintain your bike properly

    Your bike needs to be in tip-top condition to ensure it can be ridden safely. Regularly check:

    • Oils and fluids
    • Controls
    • Lights and electrics
    • Chassis
    • Tyres

    Compensation for victims of serious motorcycle accidents

    If, in spite of taking all the relevant precautions, you have been unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident in the last three years that was somebody else’s fault, we at Accident Advice Helpline can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

    Accident Advice Helpline is the one of UK’s leading advice and compensation providers and since our launch in 2000 we have dealt with thousands of claims for serious motorcycle accidents. We will match your case with a specialist personal injury solicitor with specific experience in motorcycle accidents. All our solicitors on a no win no fee* basis, so you won’t need to pay us any cash up-front.

    Call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 and start your claim today.

    Date Published: 10th February 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority with licence number 591058 and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.