Bikers are one of the most vulnerable groups on the roads, so it stands to reason that they are involved in a higher rate of accidents. According to the RSA, you are three times more likely to be involved in a road traffic collision if you are on a motorbike. One of the most important things to do when you are involved in an accident is to get in touch with your solicitor straight away. At Rogers Solicitors, we can usually tell within one hour if you have a valid case.
Common Motorcycle Accidents
One of the most common causes of an accident is when a motorbike tries to overtake a vehicle that is turning right. This means that the biker crashes straight into the car. Another main cause is when a motorcycle tries to overtake a vehicle and collides with oncoming traffic. Many accidents happen when a biker tries to take a corner and loses control. Where there is oncoming traffic, this can mean that the rider crashes right into them. The final most common motorbike accident is when a vehicle is turning onto a junction, does not see the bike and collides.
Whatever the reason for your accident, it is always worth seeing if you have a valid claim. Call Rogers Solicitors today to find out.
Keeping Safe on your Motorbike
While we are here in the event of a motorbike accident, we always feel that prevention is better than cure! There are many things you can do to keep safe on Irish roads and decrease the risk of an accident.
- Wear the correct safety gear. Never ever ride a motorbike without a helmet. Biker trousers and jackets are made in such a way as to protect vulnerable parts of the body. It is well worth investing in a quality set of clothing.
- Irish weather can be changeable. Always wear reflective clothing so you are seen any time, day or night, regardless of the weather.
- A huge percentage of accidents are caused by bikers driving too fast. Always remember to check your speed.
- It goes without saying, but never ever drink before getting up on a bike.
- Always keep your eyes on the road. Many accidents can be avoided by keeping a clear head and staying a few steps ahead.
- Understand how various weather affects the road surface. When riding a bike, you need to be even more alert than you would be in a car.