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May Day Motorcyclists- How to Stay Safe

With the May Day Bank Holiday fast approaching, what better time to get out on your motorcycle and enjoy the great british countryside; but it is important to remember the facts, provided courtesy of THINK!

Lance Mason Solicitors, the highly specialised PI firm and preferred Northwest legal provider of the British Bikers Association, urge you be extra vigilant while the roads are busy. A few tiny adjustments can be the difference between a nice day out and a serious road accident.

It is true that injuries to motorcyclists are out of proportion to their presence on our roads. Motorcyclists are just 1% of total road traffic, but account for 19% of all road user deaths. So this weekend, with the roads busier than usual, stay alert and remember safety comes first!

The facts:

• Motorcyclists are roughly 35 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than car occupants, per mile ridden

• In 2012, 328 motorcyclists died and 5,000 were seriously injured in road collisions in Great Britain.

Advice for motorcyclists:

Don’t be one of the unlucky ones. The following tips will help keep you and other road users safe. Never forget that riding defensively makes you less vulnerable; Make sure you:

• anticipate the actions of others;

• are alert and observant;

• can slow down and stop if the unexpected happens;

• position yourself in the safest and best place to maximise your visibility of potential hazards;

• take a 'lifesaver' glance over your shoulder before carrying out manoeuvres, so you know where others are and what they’re doing.

Wear the right gear:

If you fall off your bike it is likely that the tarmac will shred through your jeans in seconds. Wearing the right gear is just as important to your safety as servicing your motorcycle and knowing how to ride it.

Some other points:

• Wear bright or florescent gear during the day and reflective gear at night;

• Bikers must wear a protective jacket, gloves, boots and trousers.

Advice for drivers:

Here are a few simple ways of avoiding crashes with motorcyclists

• Take longer to look for bikes: Look carefully for motorbikes when you pull out at a junction. If you're approaching a junction, look out for motorcyclists pulling out too;

• Keep your distance: Driving too close can intimidate a less experienced motorcyclist;

• Check for bikes when changing lanes: A motorcyclist may be in the space you want to move into, or moving into it fast. Remember your blind spot;

• Check for bikes when turning: Parked cars or large vehicles can obstruct your view of a motorcyclist;

• Motorcyclists might pass you on either side: Double-check for motorcyclists, whether you're turning left or right;

• Park safely; Check for motorcyclists before opening your car door - and ensure that your passengers do the same. When you pull away, remember to look specifically for motorcyclists as they can accelerate faster than cars.


We hope you enjoy the bank holiday weekend but should the worse happen and you or a member of your family are involved in a collision, contact our specialist personal injury solicitors on 08000 84 2000. Alternatively, you can submit a quick online enquiry form and a member of the team will call you straight back.

By: Lesley Layton