The adventurer’s choice of bike

Had an accident on your touring motorcycle?

Touring motorcycles are built for longer rides, meaning they’re generally more comfortable and smooth to take on a road trip.

Guess you’re quite the adventurer, huh?

Or maybe you just don’t mind the occasional longer drive or road trip.

We have a few of those in office, too, who have found themselves in some tricky situations with new, unfamiliar roads.

Although cruising around new, winding roads in beautiful locations is quite literally living the dream for many of us, it does come with some risks.

Navigating new roads can mean we’re not expecting upcoming bends, hot spots and different road/traffic conditions.

We’re particularly worried about tour bikers considering the statistics.

For example, despite rural roads accounting for 40% of motorcycle traffic, they account for 68% of motorcyclist fatalities according to the Department for Transport (find further motorbike statistics and information here).

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.

Take a look at our page on motorcyclist safety. for more info.

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.