Motorcycle accident news
18/08/2010

Inquest on fatal motorbike crash

The death of a rider in a motorcycle accident with a lorry should serve as a warning to other two-wheeled motorists said a Lincolnshire coroner.

The 62-year-old motorcyclist had been riding behind a heavy goods vehicle on the A46 in Lincolnshire but had not left enough space between his bike and the lorry, leading him to collide into its rear as it braked on approach to a roundabout.

The inquest revealed that the rider died from serious multiple injuries sustained in the incident.

Commenting on the fatal motorcycle accident, the coroner said, "I can't help but feel this accident underlines the importance of vehicles keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them, allowing adequate reaction time," he said.

"It is something we sadly come across quite frequently in the coroner's court."

Speaking at the inquest, the lorry driver recalled the circumstances of the traumatic motorcycle accident, "He was on the right hand side of my vehicle, because I could see him leaning out to see if he could get past. I could only just see him in my mirror."

He added, "I felt he was too close to the back of the vehicle given that there was a constant stream of traffic coming the other way, so it was not possible to pass me. The traffic had started backing up at Nettleham Road, I pressed the brake to start slowing down gradually and there was an instantaneous big crash and the motorbike came sliding past."

It is not known whether the driver will be launching any no win, no fee claim for trauma sustained in the incident.

 

 

 
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