The rise of Motorcycle accidents in the UK over the past 10 years does not make for good reading. Motorcycle accidents are more common now that ever before as more drivers are taking up motorcycles due to a number of reasons.
One reason why drivers are turning to motorcycles is to beat traffic jams and congestion as our roads are getting busier and busier and drivers think they can weave their way through the traffic quicker. The increased use of mopeds is another factor as drivers, in the current economic climate, see these as far more practical and a better financial solution to owning and maintaining a car.
There are numerous reasons for these motorcycle accidents. The ‘Speed’ factor is a prime example. Young as well as experienced drivers like the thrill of it and see it as a high and a big adrenalin rush. Like cars and other other vehicles, unfortunately,alcohol and drugs also play a big factor in many accidents. This gives the driver a false sense of invincibility and subsequently makes them lose control of their bike and can cause horrific and sometimes fatal accidents not only for themselves but for other road users, whether it be cars or even pedestrians.
Poorly maintained roads can also cause motorcycle accidents. With more and more floods, gale force winds happening across the UK, Pot Holes, Spills, fallen down debre have also been a cause for accidents. Inexperience of the driver also contributes as these drivers are more likely to have an accident than the more experienced motorcyclists.
The main risk though to drivers are the collisions with other vehicles, usually due to either dangerous overtaking or the other vehicle failing to spot the motor cyclist. Just over half of all motor cycle accidents are directly linked to the aforementioned causes. Broken Bones, neck injuries, back injuries, head and facial injurys are the most common injurys. Due to the vulnerablity of being a motorcyclists ,these personal injuries unfortunately are often quite severe . Many drivers are left with lasting injuries and some will need large amounts of rehabilitation. Others will never be able to drive again
Considering all these factors above, this is why there is a sharp rise of personal injury claims relating to motorcycle accidents. There are more and more Personal injury and compensation companies croping up around the UK who specialise in motorcycle accidents and are there to offer help, advice and support if you are looking to make a claim if you have suffered a personal injury.