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Accidents Caused by Irresponsible Motorcyclists

By: Tracy Whitelaw - Updated: 11 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
Accidents Caused By Irresponsible Motorcyclists

Every time any of us drive our vehicle around, we're taking responsibility for not only ourselves, but also other road users. At times, it can be difficult keeping track of everyone else on the road, but motorcycles in particular can be difficult to spot and to keep visible.

Many motorcyclists are responsible, thoughtful road users who will follow the road laws as written and always stay safe. Sadly, there are also those who like to live dangerously and who ride with no due concern for other drivers.

If you happen to encounter one of these riders, there's a high probably of an accident occurring, so it's important you recognise the warning signs to look out for and what to do should you have a collision.

Spotting Potentially Dangerous Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists who have care for others when on the road are usually easy to spot. They will stay visible to other road users by wearing protective reflective clothing, a helmet and of course by following the road laws. They tend to avoid traffic weaving and will give clear signals and indications to other drivers to ensure their intended movement is noticed.

Many motorcycle riders who could become a problem to you as a driver are those who will drive too close to the back of your car, undertake you on a busy highway, move without checking their blind spot and fail to provide you with the proper signals. When it comes to these type of bikers, you need to be fully alert as having an accident with them could prove to be fatal.

Raising Your Awareness of Motorcyclists

When you're out on the road, always raise your awareness of motorcyclists. Keep checking on them in your mirrors and never leave a junction without a good look both ways. Motorcycles can appear quickly and catch you off guard, so always be sure you've looked for them before moving. Even though motorcyclists are only around 1% of the UK's vehicle traffic, bike riders suffer around 14% of the total of serious injuries and deaths on the road.

Maintaining your distance from bike riders can be a life-saving move to make when you're in control of a car. If you feel that a biker is riding too close to you, don't try to speed up to 'get away' - instead slow down at an even pace and hopefully the biker will overtake you. Most bike riders are aware that if they run into the back of another vehicle, they will normally be held responsible for the accident.

If you combine this with the often negative bias of other drivers facing bike riders, you'll realise that motorcyclists do have it tough at times on the road. Staying aware of them will not only benefit you, but will help keep them safe too.

Accidents Involving Irresponsible Motorcyclists

If you are unlucky enough to be involved in an accident with a biker, there's a high probability that you will be in a better condition than they will. At the scene of the accident, don't remove the bikers helmet if he or she appears to be severely injured. If the accident is less damaging, treat it as you would any other traffic accident on the road.

Motorbike accidents and claims are as standard as anyone else who is using the road, so make sure you get as much information at the scene as possible. Always obtain the drivers registration plate, as well as their name, address and contact number. If there are any witnesses get them to provide details too. Should you wish to claim against the biker in future, these witnesses will be vitally important to your case.

If you require medical attention, keep a note of all the medical visits and what occurred there, again this may help you claim against the biker in future. Ideally, you will never be involved in such a collision, but if you do, it's important to now how to deal with the situation, but ideally avoiding it in the first place is the best approach. Either you or the rider may employ the services of a motorcycle accident lawyer and they will be able to advise you further of the situation.

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