Injuries to Motorcyclists

In 2009, 472 motorcyclists died and 5,350 were seriously injured in road collisions in Great Britain. The numbers of motorcyclist that have been killed or seriously injured have fallen since 2008 when 493 motorcyclists were killed and 5,556 were seriously injured on Britain's roads. 50% of motorcycle accidents occurred in collisions involving another vehicle at junctions.

The Government’s ‘THINK’ Campaign aims to raise the profile of motorcyclists on our road. They estimate that motorcyclists are 50 times more likely than car drivers to be killed or seriously injured in serious or fatal accidents.
 
The law clearly states that anyone riding a motorcycle on the road must wear a safety helmet. Arguably, a helmet is the most important piece of protective gear a rider can wear.
 
Not only does the use of a helmet prevent the rider from being hit by flying objects, wind and the cold, it can also prevent the rider from sustaining a serious head injury should an accident occur.
 
The use of a helmet can:
 
  • Save lives!
  • Prevent or reduce the severity of a head injury,
  • Protect the rider’s eyes and vision from the wind, flying debris.
Whilst there are several types, all helmets sold in the UK must comply with rigorous safety standards. If your helmet receives any impact you should replace it with a new helmet. Whilst is may be tempting to purchase a second hand helmet, this should be avoided wherever possible. Damage to a helmet may not be visible to the naked eye, and ultimately, the helmet may fail to provide sufficient safety protection if it has been dropped, damaged or involved in any collision.
 
It is estimated that over 1 million people attend Hospital every year with a traumatic head injury. Road accidents are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury accounting for more then 40% of all brain injuries in the UK. Those at the greatest risk of sustaining a traumatic head injury as a result of a collision are men aged 15-29. However, motorcyclists who wear a helmet enjoy an 85% reduction in risk of sustaining a head injury.
 
In addition, other personal protective equipment could help to prevent injury. Other equipment includes:
 
  • Visor/ Goggles 
  • Leather Jacket and Trousers
  • Gloves and Gauntlets
  • Boots
  • Visibility Aids
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury as a result of a road traffic collision, then contact one of our specialist team of lawyers at Head Injury UK. They will be happy to provide you with expertise, help and guidance about pursuing a personal injury claim.

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