For many, half of the fun of motorcycling is in travelling with others. Group riding is a sociable activity, ranging from a brief jaunt with a friend to a formal group ride-out across long distances to raise funds for charity.
But it is also an activity with implications that you might not expect. For example, it might affect your ability to claim compensation if you are involved in a motorbike accident. It might also mean that you are responsible for an accident that you were not involved in.
This is because in any group of motorcyclists only one person can lead. This leader might, in some circumstances, have a duty of care to those following and be liable to pay compensation to them if they are hurt. For example, if an accident occurs on a bend and involves the lead motorcyclist, those following may find they become unavoidably involved in the incident.
It is a very complicated area of the law and will depend on the circumstances of the case. See the case of Dorning v Personal Representative of Personal Representative of Paul Rigby (2007)
However, the Highway Code states that lead riders should travel at a speed that gives those following reasonable time and opportunity to stop in the event of an accident or unforeseen circumstance.
Thompsons, motorcycle accident solicitors Scotland
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident while leading or following make sure that you take expert advice regarding your legal rights and possible entitlement to compensation. You need to speak to a specialist motorbike accident lawyer - someone with the experience to achieve the best result for you, in the quickest possible time.
This is where we come in. Give our dedicated road accident team a call and one of our motorcycle injury lawyers will be happy to chat things through, free of charge and with no obligation.
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