Think Motorbike: Safety on the Road (Part Two)

 

Think Motorbike Safety on the Road

In January, we brought you part one of our Safety on the Road series: Think Bike, which explored the increased risk to cyclists as an increasing number of people take to their bikes as a cost-effective, healthy and environmentally friendly way to get around. In the first part of the series, we provided our top tips for how to stay safe.

This month we are focusing on motorcycle safety. Although motorcyclists only account for 1% of road traffic, they account for a staggering 19% of road users involved in fatal accidents.

Motorbikes are a popular mode of transport for thousands of people across the UK who get great enjoyment from the sense of adventure riding a motorcycle brings, alongside the financial and environmental benefits.

However, motorcyclists are amongst the most vulnerable road users, as in comparison to cyclists, motorcyclists travel at the same high speeds as cars, yet without any of the protective features, a car offers such as seat belts and airbags. As such, it means that if you’re involved in a road traffic accident on a motorcycle, you’re at considerably more risk of serious injury.

In this blog, we’ll explore the steps that motorcyclists can take to stay safe on the roads, as well as the steps other road users can take to play their part in making the roads safer for those who are most vulnerable.

 

Safety Tips for Motorcyclists

 

  • Suit up – the notorious motorcycle leathers are there not just to look stylish, but to protect riders as they can help to prevent serious injury. A DOT-approved helmet is also crucial.
  • Ride defensively by always staying as visible as possible. Make sure you avoid drivers’ blind spots, drive with your headlights on even during the day and wear high visibility clothing.
  • Look out for hazards on the road such as potholes so you can take the appropriate action to avoid these.
  • Avoid cycling in poor weather conditions these can seriously compromise your ride.
  • Obey traffic rules and speed limits, and always make sure to use your turn signals and hand signals.
  • Stay focused, as any lapses in concentration could have serious consequences. Likewise, make sure you aren’t driving impaired.

 

Safety Tips for Drivers

 

  • Look – failure to look is one of the top reasons for road traffic accidents between cars and motorcycles.
  • Pay particular attention to junctions and roundabouts.
  • Take extra care to check for motorcyclists when changing lanes, as a motorcycle may be in the space you’re moving into or be fast approaching it.
  • Leave plenty of space when overtaking a motorcyclist, as much space you would leave a car if not more, as motorcyclists often need to move suddenly to avoid dangers on the road such as potholes.
  • Be aware of Advanced Stop Lines. These allow increased visibility for vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists. You must stop at the first white line if the traffic light is amber or red and when the green light shows, allow the road user time and space to set off
  • The lower your speed, the less risk you are to a motorcyclist. As motorcyclists are more sensitive to changes on the road and can manoeuvre much quicker, if you’re behind or passing a motorcyclist, be sure to do so slowly and carefully.

 

If you do find yourself injured due to a motorcycle accident, you may be due compensation if the accident was caused by the actions of another road user, if the road was in poor condition, or if your injury was due to an equipment failure.

 

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you would like more information, please feel free to get in touch with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.

Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Safety

 

Pedestrians are amongst the most vulnerable people on UK roads. Whilst there are many different methods of transportation that we can take advantage of, at one point or another, everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, without the protection of a vehicle, or any safety equipment, pedestrians are vulnerable to serious injury. This can range from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones, to serious life-changing injuries.

 

Tragically, in 2019, pedestrians accounted for 27% of all road traffic accident fatalities in the UK, which was the highest proportion of any group besides car occupants.

 

Behind the statistics, are real people who are struggling with the consequences of being in a pedestrian accident.

Here at Bonnar Accident Law, we understand that if you or a loved one has been involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you may be facing distressing and uncertain times and might be unsure of what to do next. This blog will guide you through your next steps, as well as our top tips for staying safe as a pedestrian.

 

What to Do If You’re in a Pedestrian Accident?

  • Seek Medical Attention

Of course, the priority is to ensure that you’re out of harm’s way and that the emergency services have been called. Even in the case of minor injuries, it’s important to see your GP after in case your condition worsens.

  • Report the Accident

All road traffic accidents involving injury must be reported to the police and you should obtain a police report/incident number.

  • Take Photographs

If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident, the surrounding area, and your injuries.

  • Collect Information

Make sure to exchange details with the driver/s involved in the accident, as well as anyone who might have witnessed it.

 

Our Top Tips for Pedestrian Safety

  • Stop, look, listen.
  • Stay alert, don’t be distracted by electronic devices such as your phone that can take your attention off the road.
  • Choose a safe place to cross the road, such as at a pedestrian crossing or traffic lights.
  • Even at a pedestrian crossing, always pause before you step onto the road and check both directions to ensure there is no oncoming traffic.
  • Don’t assume a driver has seen you. Always try where possible to make eye contact before you cross.
  • If there is a footpath, use it. If not, stick to the right-hand side of the road facing oncoming traffic, and keep as close as possible to the side of the road.

 

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you would like more information, please feel free to get in touch with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.

Firework Safety

Firework Safety

 

During the Autumn months, we all look forward to events that bring some cheer and excitement to the dark hours of the day. Although fireworks associated with New Year’s Eve and Guy Fawkes night are a visual treat for the whole family, it’s important to remember the danger involved.  

 

During this time of year, we expect to see a rise in anti-social behaviour, especially in the days surrounding bonfire night. Due to the lack of responsible adults who buy fireworks, and the severity of injuries that can be caused by mishandling, or malfunctioning fireworks, the Scottish government has proposed several new rules regarding the sale and use of fireworks which are expected to be implemented. In the meantime, here are five tips to keep you safe this year.  

 

1. Don’t DIY. The simplest way to keep safe around fireworks is to leave the handling of them to the professionals. Instead of buying your own and setting off fireworks in your back garden or street, perhaps spend this Guy Fawkes night with a cosy night in as most fireworks displays have been cancelled due to COVID-19.   

 

2. Buy right. If you do decide to set off your own fireworks, be sure the ones you buy carry the CE mark. This means that the fireworks have passed the British European safety standards.  

 

 3. Safe Space. Make sure that if you are purchasing and setting off your own fireworks that you are doing so in a safe place and are mindful of your neighbours. Make sure the area surrounding your launch site isn’t crowded with debris that could catch fire from the fuse being lit. It is also worth making sure that where you set off your fireworks are a safe distance away from your home and any neighbours as sometimes fireworks can be lit and accidentally knocked off course and cause damage or worse injury to onlookers. 

 

4. Never approach a firework that has already been lit. There are many cases of severe burns and injuries due to people returning to a firework that is taking longer than usual to go off. Remember that fireworks are incredibly dangerous explosions and must be treated with extreme care.  

 

5. One Person Rule. Only have one person doing the lighting of the fireworks. This means that there is only ever one person at risk if something goes wrong. Remember to keep children well back from the launch site of your fireworks and only ever light one at a time.  

 

6. Be alert. You must always be “switched on” if you are around fireworks as they could malfunction even if you carefully follow all instructions and do everything correctly. Be aware when you are out and about as well as anti-social behaviour with fireworks is expected around this time of year, and there are always cases of people setting off fireworks down residential streets.  

 

Although fireworks are delightful to watch, we must remember that they are extremely dangerous and should be treated with the utmost caution and care. If you are participating in a bonfire or fireworks display, take all precautions, ensure children are supervised at all times, and enjoy the displays from a safe distance.  

 

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you would like more information, please feel free to get in touch with one of our solicitors.  

How to Make a Claim During Covid-19

How to Make a Claim During Covid-19

How to Make a Claim During Covid-19

During these times, it can seem daunting to think about bringing forward a claim – many offices are shut, have a skeleton staff, or simply have gone into administration. Some will wonder whether it is worth trying to start a claim at this time, simply because it is too much of a hassle and would take to long to be processed because of the working realities of living during this time of coronavirus.  

Is it possible to make a claim right now?  

Yes! At Bonnar Accident Law, we want to assure you that we are continuing to work normally and for us its business as usual. We have set up all of our employees to be able to work efficiently and comfortably at home and continue to pursue claims and build cases for our clients with just the same care, thoughtfulness and detail.  

We are continuing with our normal caseload, and are happy to take on new clients, working to make sure they receive the compensation they deserve, whether they’ve had been involved in an accident at work, on the road or otherwise. The only different thing is that our desks our now spread out, just a wee bit farther than normal.  

Will I be able to speak to someone?  

Absolutely. At Bonnar Accident Law, we’ve always been committed to ensuring you thoroughly understand your case and how it’s being brought forward, and that you feel completely comfortable: this means speaking to a human being, rather than being processed through a senseless computer system. We will always answer the phone and are happy to have a quick chat, or a lengthy talk with you – whatever you need.  

Will there be a delay in my claim?  

As with all things during this time, things may take slightly longer. But don’t worry, any delays will be minimal and won’t be felt by you and your case will progress normally.  

 

How Can I Claim? 

Simply get in touch with one of our friendly knowledgeable staff, and we’ll take it from there. At Bonnar Accident Law, No win No fee solicitors your peace of mind is our priority.  

How To Find An Accident Lawyer Near Me

How To Find An Accident Lawyer Near Me

How To Find An Accident Lawyer Near Me

 

If you’ve been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be due compensation – but first, you’ll need to find an accident lawyer to represent you. It’s important to find someone who is trustworthy and will help you claim what you deserve in reparations without cutting corners or settling for an unfair amount of money.

 

Where Do I Start?                                                    

Although finding an accident lawyer may seem daunting – especially if you’re still recovering from your accident, or are experiencing anxiety due to the financial stress your accident has put on you and your family – we promise that there are simple steps to follow to ensure you are matched up with a lawyer who will have your best interests at heart.

 

How Do I Find the Right Lawyer?

Step 1: Conduct a simple Google search of “Accident Lawyer Near Me” and you will find lawyers who are able to practice in your local area.

 

Step 2: Ask for recommendations. If you know someone who has claimed for the injury, it may be helpful to try to find a lawyer by personal referral – you may be able to glean more information as to the processes involved and the benefits or drawbacks.

 

Step 3: Read the reviews. This step is the most important as there are many large firms who deal with hundreds of cases every year, but when you dig a little deeper, you may find that these types of firms are not invested in the success of their clients as much as they are invested in simply processing as many cases as possible. You can find reviews on TrustPilot, Yelp, Feefo, Facebook, Free Index and more.

 

Step 4: Speak to a representative on the phone. It’s difficult to get an idea of how competent and how invested a lawyer is over email, so we always recommend at least speaking on the phone, or better meeting in person to discuss your claim. You will get a better understanding of exactly how your case will be represented, and what your chances of success are.

 

Step 5: Stay local. We recommend choosing a firm which is local to your area. They are more likely to understand the complexities of your case, will always be nearby should you need anything urgently, and are often more personally invested in seeing your case succeed.

 

Choosing the right lawyer for you is absolutely critical because not all personal injury lawyers are the same. At Bonnar Accident Law, we are experts in personal injury law and we only work for individuals, never for corporations unlike many of our competitors.

 

Accident Lawyers, You Can Trust

For many years, we have represented people who were previously given dodgy advice or were simply unhappy with the service they received from other personal injury lawyers. At Bonnar Accident Law, we are ranked 1st on FreeIndex out of 112 UK-wide personal injury lawyers because we get the results our clients deserve, and we truly care.

 

 

If you’ve had an accident that wasn’t your fault, contact our friendly team today on 0800 163 978 or email us on info@bonnarandco.com to discuss what we can do for you.