The Cruiser Motorcycle
Is there any picture more serene than cruising on a classic american-style cruiser motorcycle you can call your own?
It's pure happiness, but unfortunately these bikes can and do get damaged in motorcycle accidents.
If you have been involved in an accident on your cruiser, you may be entitled to compensation and we urge you to get in touch with the Off Your Bike team to understand the options available to you.
What are the most common causes for motorcycle accidents?
The most common reasons for accidents in the UK, causing injury and even death, include:
Failure to negotiate bends:
The circumstances of this vary and may include the motorcyclist taking the bend too wide and therefore entering into oncoming traffic, travelling too fast or another vehicle cutting the bend and colliding with the motorcyclist. It may also be that road hazards such as loose gravel or debris have played a part in the accident.
Collisions at junctions
Junctions pose a threat to all road users, not just motorcyclists (although they are more common for bikers). Research suggests that the majority of biker accidents happen at junctions, with UK Police reporting that 64% of motorbike accidents occurred at a junction in 2016. The riskiest scenario to be wary of is drivers turning right at junctions, into the path of oncoming motorcyclists.
Overtaking and filtering
Overtaking manoeuvres are far more risky for bikers compared to other motorists; in part due to bikes being more difficult to see and also the ease with which motorbikes can overtake can sometimes make it more tempting for riders to take risks. Filtering is a form of overtaking that can lead to accidents and injury - other drivers may not be expecting a biker to be filtering through and commonly don’t see them.
Although more motorcycle accidents occur when the bike is traveling at slower speeds, accidents leading to serious injury and fatality is more commonly seen at high speeds. To avoid being involved in an accident on your bike (and save on fines), stick to the speed limits, don’t take risks and ride cautiously (boring, maybe, but important!), especially when you’re in a higher-risk situation like taking on a bend, moving through junctions and overtaking.
For tips on staying safe on the road, take a look at our page on motorcyclist safety.
If you have been involved in an accident where you feel another driver was at fault, even partially, you could make a claim for compensation.