Motorcycle accident | Avoiding motorcycle or motorbike accidents with defensive riding

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Avoiding motorcycle accidents
with defensive riding

The best way for any rider to avoid having a motorcycle accident is to adopt what are known as 'defensive riding' techniques. These are a simple set of rules that enable you to ensure that you don't take unnessary risks on the road and make it as easy as possible for other road users to be aware of your presence.

At junctions

The most common motorcycle accident type involves another vehicle crossing the motorcyclist's path to enter or leave a junction or side road. Over 1 in 5 of all motorcycle accidents are of this kind, even though the motorcyclist has the right of way.

  • Think ahead when approaching junctions

  • Be aware of vehicles waiting to enter a main road, or cross into a side road - be prepared to stop or take avoiding action

  • Watch out for vehicles emerging from driveways

  • Anticipate the presence of concealed entrances or exits

  • Make sure that you are as visible as possible to other drivers, and that you do not ride too close to the vehicle in front

  • Choose appropriate speeds on approaches to junctions, if you are moving too quickly an emerging vehicle may not have time to see you coming

When overtaking

1 in 5 of motorcycle accidents involve overtaking other vehicles. Even more accidents involve dodging in and out of slow moving traffic. The commonest accident type was when the overtaken vehicle turned right as a motorcyclist was overtaking.

  • Always be as visible as possible to other drivers

  • Be prepared for the possibility that you may not have been seen by the other driver

  • Avoid overtaking near side roads or take extra care when doing so

  • Watch out for oncoming vehicles which may suddenly turn across your path

At bends

1 in 4 of motorcycle accidents occur on bends, often because the rider has to 'go wide' in order to compensate for excessive speed.

  • Ensure your speed is slow enough to negotiate the bend without losing control, especially in wet or icy conditions

  • Look ahead and never take risks on blind bends where you don't know what may be around the corner

Riding a motorcycle can still be enjoyable without having to put yourself and others at risk of a motorcycle accident. Remember that if you come off a motorbike even at low speeds, you could end up in the path of an oncoming vehicle.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation. For free help and advice please call us on 02392 484 244 and one of our experienced claims advisors will be happy to assist you.
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