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The recent bank holidays have seen many people take their motorcycles out of their garage and blow off the cobwebs by zooming on to the open road.
Understandably, their motorcycle driving skills might be a little rusty if they haven’t driven since this time last year – meaning that they should take extra caution in order to avoid unnecessary accidents.
No win No Fee solicitors such as Claims Direct are experts at helping people make personal injury claims after they have suffered a road accident through no fault of their own.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) believes that some ‘out-of-practice’ motorcyclists responsible for these roadside accidents could often have avoided causing injury by brushing up on their skills before hitting the road again.
To coincide with a time when motorcycle traffic starts to increase, and to act as a warning, they have issued a list of the five most common motorcycling accidents.
•Failure to negotiate a left-hand bend on rural roads
•Failure to negotiate a right-hand bend on rural roads
•Collisions at junctions
•Collisions while overtaking
•Loss of control
Kevin Clinton, Rospa’s head of road safety, stresses that motorcycle riding is “a skill that requires continual development, practice and honing”.
He added: “If you haven’t been out on the bike for a while ease yourself back in gently and think about taking some refresher training.
UK tyre safety campaign group TyreSafe highlights that once motorcyclists take their bike out of its winter hibernation to resume driving they should check tyres at least once a week. The advice carries extra weight when you consider that last year there were 82 motorcycle accidents involving illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres.
TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson said: “Particular attention should be paid to tyre inspection before the first ride of the season.”
Visual inspections, he added, should include looking for any cuts, bulges or cracks in the tyre.
Other ways for motorcyclists to stay safe
Once safety measures such as tyre checking and choosing an approved helmet have been taken there are other steps motorcyclists can take to ensure their and other road users’, safety.
•Ensuring that you are always visible to other drivers by avoiding blind spots.
•Staying alert enough to make eye contact with other drivers before making a manoeuvre or pulling out at a junction.
•Maintaining an awareness of what is going on behind you to prevent dangerous rear-end collisions.
Of course, other drivers also have a responsibility towards motorcyclists as it is easy to lose sight of them when changing lanes and their size can make their speed deceptive.
Motorcycling is great fun, especially in the summer, and there is no reason why, with a little common sense, it can’t be safe and scenic method of getting from A to B.
But accidents can and do happen no matter what your mode of transport is. A No Win No Fee solicitor like Claims Direct can look at the evidence involved, take statements from relevant witnesses and liaise with police and insurers on your behalf; work which will ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve.
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