Posted 22 November 2018 by Carol Hopwood
BIKE SMART is the focus of this year’s road safety week initiative by Brake which aims to promote lifesaving messages.
Motorcyclists and pedal cyclists are among the most vulnerable road users in the UK. As serious injury lawyers in our specialist Bikers for Bike team at Carpenters Group we see every day the devastating impact of these types of collisions, the vast majority of which are avoidable. I have personally experienced the devastation these accidents cause when my brother was killed in a motorcycle accident leaving behind a wife and three children.
The accident could and should have been avoided if the other party had not been speeding. The ripple effect of such grief and trauma are far reaching and last for generations. As a society, we all have a role to play in protecting the vulnerable. By adjusting our speed, being extra vigilant in our manoeuvres and just thinking about the human cost of split-second poor decisions we can make a real difference and play a role in reducing the shocking statistic that motorcyclists are 38 times more likely to be killed in a crash than car occupants per mile ridden.