Motorcycle users are outnumbered in their presence on roads in the UK. Government statistics provide that motorcyclists make up 1% of total road users and approximately 30 motorcyclists are killed or injured every day on the road.
Given this statistic is it no surprise that motorcycle users are the most vulnerable road users. Here is a helpful guide to ensure safety whilst riding a motorcycle;
- Ensure that whilst riding a motorcycle you anticipate the actions of others and position yourself in the safest position so that your presence is known to other road users.
- Ensure your choose the right crash helmet. This is the most important piece of protective gear for a motorcyclist.
- Ensure you wear protective gear such as a jacket, gloves, boots and trousers.
- Be conscious of the time of day you are travelling on your motorcycle ensure that you have bright clothing during the day and reflective clothing during the night.
Important guidance to note when purchasing your riding gear is to ensure there is a CE label. Under the European Personal Protective Equipment Directive 1989, it provides that any clothing sold advising that it will protect against injury must have a CE label complying with the European Directive.
In the event you are unfortunately involved in a collision, make sure that you take photographs of the vehicles after the accident, obtain the details of all parties involved and report the accident to the police.
Even when you take all the necessary steps to ensure your own safety whilst on a motorcycle it is very difficult to anticipate the actions of other road users.
Here at Express Solicitors we deal with high numbers of motorcycle claims and our solicitors are experienced in this area. If you have suffered personal injury as result of a road traffic accident in which you were a motorcyclist and you believe you were not at fault please contact us. A member of our Road Traffic Accident Team would be more than happy to provide you with the appropriate advice.