Twist Grip – June 2016

Filtering

By Brenda Mitchell of Motorcycle Law Scotland.

Filtering is a means to make safe progress in slow moving or stationary traffic.

Filtering is perfectly legal. In fact, one of the many attractions of riding a motorcycle is the ability to get through traffic quickly and safely by filtering, which is a fundamental skill learned by most motorcyclists. The Highway Code advises motorcyclists that when filtering they should take care and keep their speed low.

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Young motorcyclist wins substantial damages 6 yrs after losing his leg

BY BRENDA MITCHELL OF MOTORCYCLE LAW SCOTLAND.

This month we will take a break from the series on ‘Common Motorcycle Accidents’ to celebrate a win in the case of Adam Wagner.

At the recent EDAM AGM, I described the case of Adam Wagner (23) who had lost his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2009 when he was 17. I explained that we were waiting for a decision from Lord Uist who had heard the case 10 months earlier in July 2014. A few weeks ago we received the good news that Adam should be compensated.

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Height of road markings

BY BRENDA MITCHELL OF MOTORCYCLE LAW SCOTLAND.

Those who attended this year's AGM may remember that one question from the audience was regarding regulations for road markings etc.

The following summary should answer the question. The source is from: Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002.

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AGM Keynote 2015

BY BRENDA MITCHELL OF MOTORCYCLE LAW SCOTLAND.

Brenda’s talk was to discuss Insurers' attitude to Motorcycle claims.

A renowned case, Arnot v Sprake 2001 , involving a motorcyclist colliding with a tractor & crop sprayer exiting a field close to a bend, had formed a precedent to which insurers harked back. In this case, whilst the initial blame was placed on the tractor driver, this was reversed on appeal to place the blame on the motorcyclist.

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Common Motorcycle Accidents Part 1: Bends

BY BRENDA MITCHELL OF MOTORCYCLE LAW SCOTLAND.

I have been a Solicitor in practice now for over 27 years specialising in Motorcycle Accident Law. The experience I have gained in representing many hundreds of motorcyclists over the years to recover compensation has led me to re-visit what I encounter as the five most common motorcycle accidents and provide an overview of case law.

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Loose chippings on a bend

BY BRENDA MITCHELL OF MOTORCYCLE LAW SCOTLAND.

A motorcyclist’s worst nightmare

The incident took place on the A93 Glenshee to Braemar Road. Weather conditions were good and the road surface dry. The motorcyclist recalled going into a right hand bend at about 40MPH and then his motorcycle lost all grip with the road due to the presence of loose stone chips over both sides of the carriageway.

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