5 biggest dangers to motorcyclists

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If you have been in a road traffic accident as a motorcyclist, you are more likely to face more severe injuries compared to other road users due to the lack of external protection you may have. There is a range of dangers that motorcyclists are exposed to on the roads; in our experience, we found that some are more common than others. Read this article to find out the top 5 dangers to motorcyclists on the roads.

Road Conditions 

Dangerous road conditions increase the chances of an accident occurring. Things such as debris on the roads can make the road surface uneven, slippery and dangerous. Road conditions have a higher impact on riders compared to drives. Dangerous road conditions can be either caused by weather conditions or negligent care of the roads by the authorities.

It is the local authority’s duty of care to always ensure the safety of public roads and react to any claims of potholes or road dangers in a good time and ensure safeness on the roads. If they do not do so, they may be breaching their duty of care, and when involved in an accident, you may be able to claim for your damages. Weather conditions can cause unusual debris on the road that can cause dangerous slipping, leading to accidents.

Oncoming traffic 

Drivers not paying attention to the road can be dangerous to motorcyclists. When drivers use their phones whilst driving, it means that they are not paying attention to the road, causing them to swerve onto the other side of the road and causing accidents. Even if they slightly go onto the other side of the road whilst driving, they may clip the rider, causing it to swerve and crash. That is why it is incredibly essential for drivers to pay full attention to the road and always drive cautiously.

Opening car doors

Drivers should always pay attention to ensure that no people are passing that they could hit with their car door. As motorcyclists ride closer to the curb, they may ride closer to parked cars. If a car door suddenly opens, it can make the rider stop, suddenly swerve or crash, either way resulting in a dangerous collision.

Car changing lanes 

Drivers should always check their blind spots to ensure to check for riders that may be on the side of them. When changing lanes, blind spots must be checked to reduce the chances of an accident occurring by avoiding getting into the way of the rider. Especially on motorways, it is essential to check your blind spots, not only your mirrors, to make sure that you are not getting in the way of a motorcyclist riding in a faster lane.

Junction Accidents 

Accidents at junctions happen too often to motorcyclists; drivers do not check their blind spots or check for oncoming riders. Accidents often occur when drivers pull out in front of them without paying attention or pulling out without paying attention to how fast the rider is going, causing the rider to collide or swerve. If you have been involved in a junction accident, make sure to contact one of our experienced solicitors now to come out with the best possible compensation for your case.

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We understand that being involved in a road traffic accident is a remarkably stressful and traumatising experience, leaving you with life-changing distress that may put you off driving forever. We will ensure to provide the correct evidence to make sure that your claim is as strong as possible, enabling you to come out with the highest possible compensation for your case.

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