Five most common motorcycling accidents revealed

Five most common motorcycling accidents revealed

The recent bank holidays have seen many people take their motorcycles out of their garage, blow off the cobwebs and head out on the highway with the wind at their back.

There is little which can beat the feeling of revving up a bike’s engine before embarking on a sunny ride.

But understandably, motorcycle driving skills might be a little rusty if you haven’t driven since this time last year – meaning that you 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.

This is why – 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.

These are:

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.

Checking tyres

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.

To find out three other ways for motorcyclists to stay safe, please read thefull version of this article.

 

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