The Rise of Electric Scooters – Electric Scooter Injury Concerns

Since 2018, sales of electric scooters in the UK have sky rocketed. Their popularity has grown exponentially, with sales figures growing by over 300% year on year. With more and more electric scooters on the road, the likelihood serious electric scooter injury claims is increasing.

In Lincolnshire, the rise in popularity of electric scooters has been clear for us all to see. It’s not uncommon to see electric scooters whizzing in and out of pedestrians in our town centres and pulling up next to cars on the surrounding roads.

But are electric scooters a viable and safe alternative to cars or bicycles? We take a look in this month’s blog.

So, why are electric scooters so popular?  

Sales of electric scooters in the UK began to grow 2017.  Until recently, the use of electric scooters was considered as recreational but their use in the UK is evolving, and quickly.

Electric scooters are big business.  Cities around the world, particularly in the US in San Francisco and in LA, use electric scooters in a similar way London uses “Boris Bikes”. Companies such as “Bird” and “Lime” reported up to 11.5 million rides in the 12 months following their launch in 2017.

Electric scooters are cheap to run, produce almost zero carbon emissions and are seen as trendy. Analysts predict by 2030, the global electric scooter market will be valued at between 300 to 500 billion dollars.

Are they even allowed on our roads?

The UK is way behind other countries when it comes to allowing the use of electric scooters on our roads. The use of electric scooters here is very much a work in progress.

It is currently illegal for privately owned electric scooters to be used on our public highways and on the pavement, under section 72 of the Highway Act 1835. Local Police Forces from around the country have issued thousands of fines and seized hundreds of electric scooters from those flouting this rules.

However, the Department for Transport launched a rental trial in May 2020 to explore the impact of electric scooters on our roads. The scheme allows local authorities and private companies to rent electric scooters, in line with government guidance. The Transport Committee fast tracked the trials, which were due to start in 2021 but were brought forward to see if they were a viable solution to socially distanced commuting in our cities, suburbs and towns. The trials were to see what impact electric scooters had on other road users, pedestrians, overall safety and the environment.

The Government imposed a maximum speed limit for the e-scooter rental trials of 15.5mph.  Local authorities have been given the responsibility to ensure anti-social behaviour is dealt with accordingly, as clearly the use of electric scooters in busy town centres is asking for trouble. The government will be monitoring collisions during the trials to determine future insurance requirements.

So where are the trials now?

These trials around the UK are in full force.

The scheme in Bristol for example, has launched a second trial which is exploring leasing electric scooters to people for a monthly fee. The scheme will be open to anyone who lives in the West of England Combined Authority area, which includes Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North Somerset. This is the second stage of the pilot scheme, which allows scooters to be legally ridden on the roads of Bristol and Bath.

Until recently, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London, was the only place in the UK where a rental e-scooter could be used legally.

The first 12-month trial is also up and running in Middlesbrough, with the hope that 500 electric scooters will be made available across the Tees Valley, mostly aimed at commuters.

How safe is it to ride an electric scooter?

Electric scooters are not toys and should not be underestimated. They can reach speeds of up to 30mph, albeit the pilot rental schemes have limited the top speed to 15.5mph.

Electric scooters have small wheels and limited protection compared to cars. They no side protection in the form of doors or a roof and obviously no airbags, so any accident at these high speeds could lead to very serious injuries for the scooter rider.

Other factors to consider is that electric scooters are less visible to other road users, even less so than cyclists that often wear high visibility clothing. Then there are potholes in the road, speed bumps and even extreme weather conditions to consider which could cause you to lose control of your scooter.

Anyone that decides to ride an e-scooter should be extremely cautious and understand the very real risks involved and for the safety of the electric scooter rider and other road users, should be an existing and competent road user.

So what’s next for electric scooters in the UK?

Despite their popularity, the use of privately owned electric scooters remains illegal on our roads.

Until the government and local authorities have finished their trials, we won’t know what the future holds.

What to do if you have an accident?

The solicitors are Nigel Askew Solicitors specialise in serious injury claims resulting from road traffic accidents.

If you have sustained an electric scooter injury or if you are a road user that has been involved in an accident with an electric scooter then contact us today.  Our specialists will be happy to advise you on your legal position and if you have sustained injuries in the accident then we can advise you on a personal injury claim.

Call us on 01507 609027 or complete the enquiry form on this page.

For more information about Electric Scooter Injury claims, click here.

 

Army Client Awarded £146,000 NFCI Compensation

UK Military

We recently acted for a member of the Armed Forces in a claim for a non-freezing cold injury. Our client developed a NFCI in the Army and contacted us to help him with a compensation claim.

If you have been diagnosed with a non-freezing cold injury and would like to make a claim for compensation, please contact us today and our solicitors will be able to help get your claim up and running. Call us on 01507 609027 or complete an online enquiry using the form on this page.

Army NCFI Compensation

We were contacted in 2017 by a client that had been exposed to prolonged periods of cold and wet weather during his employment in the Army.

Upon joining the Army, he underwent 6 months of training during several week long exercises in North Yorkshire. He was provided with ill-fitting and non-water proof boots. During his various training exercises the weather conditions were extremely cold and the area was covered under a blanket of snow. He remembered that during one particular exercise that he carried out he was patrolling, on stag and attacks and was constantly outside. Because of the snow it was impossible to keep his feet dry for any length of time and when it rained, his lack of waterproof boots meant his socks and feet would become completely soaked. He was unable to change into dry boots as he was only issued with one pair. He remembered feeling like his hands and feet were numb and described the sensation of walking as if he was “walking on stumps”. He was so cold that he was “not strictly with it”. His hands and feet were numb for the whole exercise and when he mentioned it to the Corporal in charge, he was told to simply warm his hands up in a dismissive way. When he got back to camp and took a hot shower his feet went red with pins and needles and stinging.

On another exercise in Scotland, he was sleeping outside under a poncho, where the terrain had ice on the ground. He remembered struggling to be able to fire his weapon and felt unstable on his feet.

On another exercise in the Brecon Beacons, he felt like both of his feet and hands were completely numb and he struggled to carry out even the most basic of tasks. When trying to warm up, he would experience a stinging sensation which caused severe pain. His feet were so numb they felt like they weren’t even there.

3 years after he joined the Army his symptoms were almost constant, though exacerbated by cold weather.  He reported his symptoms to the MoD twice during his service.

Over the course of the next 2 years, he was regularly exposed to similar conditions until he could no longer carry out his duties and was medically discharged.

After he was discharged he felt totally cast aside and unprepared for civilian life. Before he joined the Army he had trained as an electrician but could not work outside due to the cold conditions making his injuries worse.  He now works part time in a bar, earning far less than he had in the Army and if he had been able to work as an electrician.

The MoD initially responded to the claim to deny liability, however eventually agreed to a joint settlement meeting at which a compensation award of over £146,000 was agreed.

Contact Nigel Askew Solicitors today

If this example of our client’s non-freezing cold injury resonates with you, we urge you to contact us to discuss a claim.

We offer all new clients a free and no obligation consultation, during which we will discuss your injury and the circumstances that may have contributed to your condition.

Call us today on 01507 609027 and one of our friendly solicitors will be happy to speak to you.

For further information about Army NFCI Compensation claims, click here

To read about this claim in more detail, click here.

Winter Road Safety Tips for Lincolnshire

Winter is already upon us in Lincolnshire but as temperatures fall and the hours of darkness increase, driving conditions are likely to get considerably worse over the next few months for us.

Our latest blog post looks at what we can do to stay safe and reduce the risk of road accidents.

Winter driving – 5 simple pieces of advice and winter driving tips

1 Give more warning

Due to wet and wintery conditions, stopping distances are greater than during summer months so it is recommended that you give other road users more warning than usual when indicating to turn on or off at a junction, when braking and when pulling out.

2 Check your brakes

Your brakes are vital during the winter months. It’s important to know if your vehicle has anti-locking brakes and if not, know how to pump the brake pedal slowly to prevent the wheels from locking up and skidding if you need to slow down suddenly.

3 Beware of ice and snow

Be aware of your driving conditions, especially if the roads are icy or treacherous.  In ice and snow, you should triple your usual braking distances, using a lower gear to help you slow down and gently apply your brakes.

4 Use higher gears

To prevent wheel spin, which is especially dangerous when pulling out onto roads from being stationary, set off using a higher gear for more control. You should avoid using first gear at all, if possible.

5 Control skidding

Skidding can be extremely dangerous and the natural reaction of any driver is to slam on the brakes. However, many advanced driving instructors claim that in skidding situations, the best thing to do is to stay calm and not to brake or accelerate, but to steer the vehicle to safety.

Other winter driving tips

Items recommended you have in your car during the winter months include:

  • Phone charger
  • Warning triangle and high visibility vest
  • Spare warm clothing, like a jacket and gloves
  • A powerful torch or head-lamp
  • Tow ropes
  • Mobile car battery charger
  • Multi-pack of drinking water
  • shovel

Take care this winter and festive season

Take care when driving this winter and over the coming weeks if you are visiting family for Christmas by car.

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident, please call us on 01507 609027 and we will do our best to help you claim compensation for your injuries.

Lincolnshire Road Accident Round-up

We have written several blog posts in 2020 about how dangerous our county’s roads are and reported on some of the accidents themselves and what we can do as road users to minimise the risk of accidents and injuries.

In what is the final road accident roundup of the year, if you or a member of your family have been seriously injured in a non-fault car accident on Lincolnshire’s roads and would like to make a claim for compensation, then please contact our road accident specialists to discuss a claim.

Contact us by phone on 01507 609027 or by submitting an online enquiry using the form on the right hand side of this page.

Tragedy as grandmother is killed travelling in taxi

A proud grandmother has sadly died following a road accident on the A15 at Barton upon Humber. Isabella Hopkins was traveling home as a passenger in a taxi, from work at North Lincolnshire Council, where she helped accompany children with behavioural issues to and from school.

The taxi driver hit a tractor trailer as he was trying to overtake it, causing him to crash into the central reservation barrier.

He was convicted of dangerous driving, handed a 9 month jail sentence and banned from driving for 12 months.

In his summary of the case, Judge Bury, sitting at Hull Crown Court said to Husain: “The only reasonable explanation for the cause of the accident is gross inattention and excessive speed when approaching the tractor and trailer.

“It seems clear to me that you were driving at an improper speed although I cannot be sure that you had exceeded the national speed limit.

“By the time you saw the tractor you were going too fast to avoid it.”

Drink & Drugs driver causes 4 vehicle accident

A 28 year old man from Spalding has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink and drunks following a 4 vehicle crash on the A16.

Police named a Lincolnshire man from Spalding as the biker killed in the accident. Another driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The 51 year old man died when his Honda motorcycle collided with 3 cars and despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sadness as school bus driver dies in crash

A bus driver who was taking children to school has sadly died following a head on collision with a van on the B1434 between Brigg and Howsham just before 9am on Tuesday 8th December.

The women sadly died from her injuries.

None of the children on board the Dennis bus, who were travelling to school in the Brigg area, were injured.

We are specialist Road Accident Solicitors

Nigel Askew Solicitors specialise in advising clients and their families, involved in serious road accidents, in claims for personal injury.

We genuinely care about the safety of drivers and passengers on our county’s roads, which are some of the most dangerous in the entire country, as many of us have young children that recently started learning to drive.

We have over 20 years experience in successfully winning road accident claims on behalf of the people of Lincolnshire, involved in serious road accidents.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a road accident, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering and any loss of earnings you have suffered as a result of the accident.

From our offices in central Louth in Lincolnshire, we offer all new Lincolnshire road accident claims enquirers a free initial consultation where we discuss the merits of your case. Call our Lincolnshire Road Accident Solicitors today on 01507 609027 or submit an online form using the enquiry form to the right of this page.

Read more about our expertise in this area of Law.

Military PTSD Mental Health – NHS HIS Initiative

UK Military

Everyone at Nigel Askew Solicitors were delighted to read that the NHS are to launch a new service specifically for former armed forces personnel who are experiencing severe mental health problems, including PTSD. The Veteran’s Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS) will be introduced across England.

The Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS) will provide care and treatment for veterans who are experiencing a mental health crisis and need urgent help.

The solicitors at Nigel Askew speak to dozens of current and ex armed forces personal every month who are suffering with mental health problems, PTSD or who are misusing alcohol and drugs, so this is a welcomed initiative by the NHS.

A new national service for military veterans

The HIS is part of a new national service being rolled out across England and the service is being delivered in partnership between the NHS and well-established veterans’ support charities. Together, they will work with local mental health services to provide:

  • Support to crisis care services for veterans presenting in a mental health crisis
  • Support during an inpatient unit stay – including access to a clinician advice line 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Care navigation – helping veterans and their carers find the local services best suited to their needs, and
  • Support and care for family members and carers where they need it

This new service is part of the NHS Long Term Plan to expand support for all veterans and their families, helping them from their transition out of the armed forces and beyond.

The HIS consists of clinical staff with the skills to support veterans and the local mental health services treating them when they are in crisis or admitted to an inpatient ward. This includes a team of psychologists, mental health professionals and Veteran Liaison and Support Officers – some of whom are veterans themselves.

How mental health and PTSD effect military veterans

Some of the most common symptoms associated with military related mental health and PTSD include:

  • Anger, depression, panic attacks and social anxiety
  • Feelings of irritability and detachment towards family and friends
  • Distressing flashbacks of frightening events
  • Trouble sleeping and nightmares
  • Substance misuse, particularly with alcohol

The period between serving in the military and discharge and the on-set of PTSD related symptoms can vary from a few weeks, to several months to even several years.

It is vital veterans ask for help

As is the case with many psychological disorders, the first step is to talk about how you are feeling to someone you can trust, whether that is a member of your family, a GP or a specialist solicitor.

If you or your partner are experiencing mental health difficulties after leaving the military, contact us today. We have over 20 years’ experience in representing clients in claims for personal injury, including for military related PTSD and mental health.

We can help put you in contact with the NHS Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS) or the Intervention and Liaison Service, as well as represent you in a claim for financial compensation.

Contact Nigel Askew Solicitors Today

We offer all military clients a free and no obligation phone consultation, during which we will build a picture of your specific circumstances and advise you whether we think you might be able to claim.

We run all of our military PTSD claims on No Win No Fee Agreements.

To speak to us, please call us on 01507 609027 or submit an online enquiry using the form on this page (please indicate a convenient time for us to call you).

Lincolnshire RTA Claims Update

Lincolnshire RTA Claims and road traffic accidents have continued to rise since lockdown measures were lifted, with dozens of serious accidents being reported across various media outlets. Our blog has been following the rise in RTA’s closely and we continue to round-up accidents updates this month.

If you or a member of your family have been seriously injured in a non-fault car accident on Lincolnshire’s roads and would like to make a claim for compensation then please contact our road accident specialists to discuss a claim. Contact our experts today by phone on 01507 609027 or by submitting an online enquiry using the form on the right hand side of this page.

Motorcyclist dies following crash on A16

We are sorry to report that a motorcyclist tragically lost their life following a collision with a car on the A16.

The accident happened on Monday 28th September near Spilsby, when a 55 year old motorcyclist collided with Jeep Cherokee near Partney Roundabout which is close to the junction with the A158.

Lincolnshire Police are appealing to witnesses to come forward with any information or dashcam footage, to help them determine why the accident happened.

Roadworks at A46 Accident blackspot revealed

We are pleased to say that an £8.8m road improvement project is due to start work imminently on a section of the A46 near Dunholme and the T-junction with Lincoln Road.

There have been hundreds of serious accidents at the site over the last decade and calls for change from local residents and councillors have finally been answered.

The T-junction is being replaced by a roundabout which Lincolnshire County Council hope will lead to a significant increase in road safety. The improvement works will last approximately 3 months and the entire A46 Dunhome/Welton improvement project is expected to be complete in the spring of 2021.

19 year old woman dies after lorry collision in Grantham

A 19 year old sadly died at the scene of an accident in Grantham on 8th September, following a collision with a HGV.

The accident happened on Dysart Road, opposite the retail shopping centre, when her push bike was hit by the lorry.

Emergency services were called to the scene but paramedics were unable to save her life.

Road Accident Solicitors Lincolnshire

Our team of road traffic accident lawyers specialise in representing the people of Lincolnshire in serious road traffic accident claims. We genuinely care about the safety of drivers and passengers on our county’s roads, which are some of the most dangerous in the entire country, as many of us have young children that have just started driving.

We have over 20 years experience in successfully winning road accident claims on behalf of the people of Lincolnshire, involved in serious road accidents.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a road accident, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering and any loss of earnings you have suffered as a result of the accident.

From our offices in central Louth in Lincolnshire, we offer all new Lincolnshire road accident claims enquirers a free initial consultation where we discuss the merits of your potential RTA claims case. Call our Lincolnshire Road Accident Solicitors today on 01507 609027 or submit an online form using the enquiry form to the right of this page.

 

Lincolnshire Road Accident Claims Update

Over the last few months our blog has been reporting on the dramatic rise in Lincolnshire Road Accidents and we continue with a round-up of accident updates in this month’s blog.

If you have been seriously injured as a result of a non-fault car accident on Lincolnshire’s roads, contact our team of Road Accident specialists to discuss a claim. You can speak to us by calling 01507 609027.

Air Ambulance called as 7 people are injured in crash on the A16

Seven people were injured and the air ambulance called after a very serious road accident on Monday 24th August, on the A16.

A Mondeo and a Fiesta collided on a long straight section of the A16, to the north of Burwell.

The Air Ambulance took a passenger of the Mondeo to Hull Royal Infirmary for treatment.

Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue sent fire engines from Louth and Binbrook to the scene, which helped care for the injured.

Serious Road Accident on A1 leaves one dead and two injured

A man in his 50’s sadly lost his life on Thursday 13th August after a multiple vehicle crash on the A1, at the Marstol Toll bar junction just north of Grantham.  The crash involved a large HGV and 2 cars.

It has been reported that there is a serious accident on the A1 every 2 weeks and local councillor Richard Davies has called for stretches of the A1 to be improved, as has Grantham MP Gareth Davies.

Accidents on the A1 also often stand out as especially horrific, due to the speed of traffic, short or non-existent slip roads and the sheer amount of HGVs.

Road Accident Solicitors Lincolnshire

Nigel Askew Solicitors are proud to represent the people of Lincolnshire in serious injury claims resulting from road traffic accidents. We genuinely care about the safety of drivers and passengers on our county’s roads, which are some of the most dangerous in the entire country, with many of us here at Nigel Askew Solicitors having children that have started driving.

Our solicitors have over 20 years experience in successfully winning road accident claims on behalf of the people of Lincolnshire, involved in serious road accidents.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a road accident, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering and any loss of earnings you have suffered as a result of the accident.

Even if you are partly to blame for the accident, there may be grounds to pursue a successful claim for compensation.

From our offices in central Louth in Lincolnshire, we offer all new Lincolnshire road accident claims enquirers a free initial consultation where we discuss the merits of your case. Call our Lincolnshire Road Accident Solicitors today on 01507 609027 or submit an online form using the enquiry form to the right of this page.

Guide to Fatal Accidents at Work

No matter what the circumstances, losing a loved one unexpectedly in an accident is terribly traumatic.

If a member of your family has passed away due to an accident at work, instructing solicitors to help you claim compensation may not be at the top of your priority list and whilst compensation for a fatal accident will not relieve any grief, it can help to lessen any financial burdens which you may be facing.

Our specialist solicitors can help support you and advise you on a bereavement claim and a financial compensation claim.

Most common work related accident fatalities

There were a total of 147 work related fatalities between April 2018 and March 2019, according to the latest data published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

The industry sectors that recorded the most amount of fatal accidents at work were:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (32, with an annual average of 36 deaths per year between 2014/15 and 2018/19);
  • Construction (30, with an annual average of 36 deaths per year between 2014/15 and 2018/19); and
  • Manufacturing (26, with an annual average of 21 deaths per year between 2014/15 and 2018/19).

Another way that the data can be interpreted is by looking at the fatal injury rate in terms of the number of fatalities per 100,000 workers. Adopting this approach, the sectors where the risk of fatal injury is greatest are:

  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (9.21 deaths per 1,000 workers);
  • Waste and recycling (6.05 deaths per 1,000 workers); and
  • Construction (1.31 deaths per 1,000 workers).

Types of compensation available to you

Our experienced fatal injury solicitors can advise you on your options for compensation for:

  • The pain & suffering of the deceased
  • Loss of income to dependents
  • Funeral expenses
  • Probate costs

Who qualifies as a dependent?

A dependent can be either a spouse or ex-spouse, a person who was living with the deceased for at least the last 2 years, a child or a parent of the deceased or another close family member.

Statutory bereavement award

In addition to making a claim for compensation, there is also the potential for recovering a nominal amount of £12,980 in the form of a Statutory Award for Bereavement. This award is separate from the amount you are entitled to claim as dependant compensation.

In a successful fatal accident claim the bereavement award is payable by the negligent party even if there is no loss of income or benefits for the dependants. However this is only payable to the spouse of the deceased or the parents of a deceased minor.

Contact Nigel Askew Solicitors today

For expert advice relating to a fatal accident at work claim, please call us on 01507 609027 or submit an online enquiry using the form on this page and indicate the most convenient time for us to reach you.

We offer all new enquiries a free and no obligation initial consultation.

For more information about fatal work accidents, click here.

Lincolnshire Road Accident Solicitors – numbers on the rise post Lockdown

Since lockdown measures have been eased, the number of serious or fatal road accidents in Lincolnshire has increased dramatically.  Every week, local news outlets are reporting countless instances of serious road accidents and our serious accident team has noticed enquiries rise by over 40%.

If you have been injured in a non-fault road accident in Lincolnshire or the surrounding counties then please contact us today by calling 01507 609027.

One killed and several injured in three car crash on A16 in Louth

On the evening of July 15th, three vehicles were involved in a collision on the A16 London Road at Burwell.  Regrettably, a female was pronounced dead at the scene and Police were investigating dangerous driving being the cause of death, having arrested the driver of a Mercedes.

Motorcyclist fatality on the A52

A motorcyclist collided with another vehicle on the A52 on 15th July. The accident took place outside Grantham between Denton Lane and Allington Lane.

Sadly the motorcyclist lost their life as a result of the accident.

Fatal accident near Horncastle

On Sunday 12th July, a motorcyclist collided with a small Honda Jazz vehicle on the A158, at the Belchfield crossroads near Horncastle.

The accident caused the female driver of the Honda Jazz to be airlifted to hospital, having sustained life threatening injuries. Unfortunately, the 50 year old motorcyclist lost his life in the accident.

Our County’s roads are notoriously dangerous, only behind Kent in the number of annual serious and fatal accidents to occur in the entire country.

For further reading on the most common causes of fatal and serious motorcycle accidents, read our blog post here.

Speed limit could be reduced in Lincolnshire crash hot spot

Lincolnshire County Council are reportedly weighing up the possibility of reducing the speed limit on a particular stretch of the A16 and making improvements to local signage.

The junction of the A16 Crowland Bypass, with the B1166 and the B1040 is a particular crash hotspot and is used by thousands of people in Lincolnshire as it connects the south of the county with Cambridgeshire.  The junction has reported 21 collisions since opening, with 3 resulting in fatalities.

The road currently has a 60mph speed limit in place.

Any measures that help reduce the number of serious and fatal accidents along this stretch of the A16, should be welcomed by local residents and road users.

Road Accident Solicitors Lincolnshire

Nigel Askew Solicitors are proud to represent the people of Lincolnshire.  We have over 20 years experience in successfully winning injured people compensation for non-fault accidents.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident or a road accident involving a motorcycle, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering and any loss of earnings you have suffered as a result of the accident.

Even if you are partly to blame for the accident, there may be grounds to pursue a successful claim for compensation.

From our offices in central Louth in Lincolnshire, we offer all new clients a free initial consultation where we discuss the merits of your case. Call our Lincolnshire Road Accident Solicitors today on 01507 609027 or submit an online form using the enquiry form to the right of this page.

Motorcycle accident claims Lincolnshire – Injury Prevention Week

Motorcyclist are one the most vulnerable user groups on the UK’s roads and accidents involving motorcyclists are often very serious and in some cases fatal.

Motorbike accidents are regularly caused by the carelessness of other road users and as part of National Injury Prevention Week, our latest blog post looks at some of the most common causes for fatal motorcycle accidents in Lincolnshire and the rest of the UK.

We hope that by highlighting some of the most common motorcycle accident causes, we can help all road users understand how to prevent some of these accidents happening in future.

What is Injury Prevention Week?

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) run an annual awareness campaign to help reform laws for injured people so that, when the worst happens, people can exercise their right to seek justice, care and fair compensation.

As proud members of APIL, we fully support this initiative.

Common causes Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Our expert personal injury solicitors are regularly contacted by motorcyclists who have been involved in serious road traffic accidents on the roads of Lincolnshire and the surrounding counties of Nottinghamshire, East Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Norfolk.

In light of National Injury Prevention Week in August 2020 (link), we have highlighted some of the most common causes of accidents, so that people can take extra care on our County’s roads.

Failure of drivers to look

This is the single biggest cause of motorbike accidents in the UK. Despite various national TV and radio campaigns, including the governments “Think!” campaign which was launched in 1979, accidents caused by drivers failing to ensure it is safe to pull out at junctions remains the biggest and most serious cause of fatal and serious injury to bikers in 2020.

We encourage all drivers to take care at junctions and only pull out into the road after ensuring no other road users are approaching. Take your time and potentially save lives.

Drivers’ blind spots

Blind spots are areas around a car that the driver is unable to see other road users, including motorbikes.  Both car drivers and motorcyclists should be aware of blind spots; car drivers should always be on the lookout for motorbikes and regularly check mirrors. Bike riders can also do more to prevent accidents by maintaining safe riding distances, leaving plenty of space between them and another vehicle. Bikers can also wear brightly coloured gear and use reflective stickers to help improve visibility.

Speed

Speed is often a factor in motorcycle accidents, whether it’s bikers or car drivers travelling too fast or vehicles pulling out at junctions who misjudge how fast other vehicles are travelling.

We can all drive more carefully and reduce the speed at which we travel.

Lincolnshire County Council are currently deciding whether the speed limit on a stretch of road on the A16 near Crowland, a crash hot-spot, should be reduced in order to prevent road traffic accidents.  You can read about this story by clicking here.

Dooring

Dooring is especially common in towns and cities and is when a parked car suddenly opens its door into the road, without checking it is safe to do so. Very serious injuries can be caused as a result of the biker either crashing into the door, or swerving and losing control of their bike.

Car drivers and passengers should always ensure it is safe to open car doors when parked next to a main road and bikers should take extra care in built up areas.

Take care on Lincolnshire roads

All road users, whether motorcyclists, car drivers, cyclists or van and HGV drivers should take extra care on our County’s roads.

The roads around Lincoln, Louth,  Boston, Skegness, Market Rasen, Sleaford and Scunthorpe are some of the most dangerous in the county, with the A15, A16, A17 and the A46 being particular accident hotspots for both motorcycle and car accidents.

Motorcycle Accident Solicitors Lincolnshire

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident or a road accident involving a motorcycle, you may be able to claim financial compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering and any loss of earnings you have suffered as a result of the accident.

Even if you are partly to blame for the accident, there may be grounds to pursue a successful claim for compensation.  Contact Nigel Askew Solicitors today, we have many years experience in representing motorcyclists and road users in claims for compensation and are able to offer you expert legal advice today.

From our offices in central Louth in Lincolnshire, we offer all new clients a free initial consultation where we discuss the merits of your case. Call us today on 01507 609027 or submit an online form using the enquiry form to the right of this page.