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Police urged bikers not to put safety at risk

Motorbike riders are being urged to make sure they’re not putting their own safety, and the safety of other road users, at risk.

This week, West Mercia Police have issued a public reminder to all bikers to remain safe on the road. This announcement follows the launch of their Think Bike campaign last month.

As the weather picks up it’s easy to get carried away on the dry roads. However it’s important to remember that one of the leading causes of motorcycle crashes is the failure to navigate around bends. This alone causes over 22% of accidents.

In addition to this, motorcyclists losing control on their bike and hitting a stationary object such as a tree accounts for over 9% of bike accidents.

Local Policing Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans said: “We know there are some great routes for motorbike riders through our counties and that during the warmer months riders want to make the most of these.

“We have seen cases where the driving behaviour of bikers has caused concern, and the rider has unnecessarily put themselves and other road users at risk.

“Bikers can often be at higher risk of being involved in a collision and we want to make sure everything is being done to reduce this.

“All road users have a responsibility in making our roads safer. We know motorbike riders are more vulnerable and would ask that riders make sure they do their bit by not taking unnecessary risks.”

As a result of the increase in motorcycle traffic, Police will be carrying out proactive operations on key routes utilising several different tactics throughout the summer months. The underlying intent is to target irresponsible and reckless road users.

To find more about our tips on staying safe on the road – visit our biker safety tips here. Alternatively, if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle crash – click here to contact our expert team. Find out today how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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