The city zippers of the motorcycle world

Had an accident on your scooter?

Scooters are in a league of their own, being so different from other types of motorcycles.

And we love them all the same - they have their own style, they’re comfortable, very economical, easy to store/park and they make getting around town a breeze (pun intended).

They may not be the most powerful of motorcycle types, but with the majority of scooters and mopeds travelling in cities and towns, the risk of accidents and injury remains significant.

With cities and towns having a greater population, roads and junctions are busier and therefore riskier for those on two wheels.

Although the reduced power of scooters suggest a reduced risk, it can actually pose a greater risk of being involved in an accident when entering junctions and roundabouts.

With scooters taking a little longer to get moving and match speeds of vehicles around them, collisions from the side of from behind can be a major factor.

There are, of course, many circumstances that riders of scooters can find themselves in which resulted in an accident.

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.

Speed

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.