Rural Roads and Motorcycling Accidents

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Transport Scotland classifies road types (for road casualty statistic purposes) as 'built-up roads', and 'non-built-up roads': built-up roads are those with a speed limit of up to 40mph and non-built-up roads are those with speed limits over 40mph. While motorways obviously fall into the category of 'non-built-up roads', many of Scotland's rural roads also fall into this category.

In 2019, according to Transport Scotland's provisional figures, 116 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured on 'built-up roads', while 188 were killed or seriously injured on non-built-up roads (including rural roads with speed limits over 40mph).

Rural roads and those with faster speed limits are inherently dangerous for motorcyclists. According to an in-depth analysis of 2013 statistics, Transport Scotland found that most fatalities and serious injuries involving motorcycles happen in rural areas with higher speed limits. In fact, in that year, 87 percent of motorcycle fatalities occurred on roads in rural areas.

What are the dangers of rural roads?

There are many reasons why a rural road can pose a risk to motorcyclists. The bulk of crashes occurred when the motorcyclist:

  • was going too fast around a bend
  • misjudged a bend
  • was passing a junction
  • was overtaking
  • simply lost control because of his behaviour or the road conditions. (In the 2015 Transport Scotland statistics, loss of control was the most commonly reported contributory factor in motorcycle accidents).

Whatever the cause, if you have suffered injury in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault then you may well be entitled to claim compensation. Even if you're concerned that your actions made you partly responsible for the accident, try not to worry – this doesn't necessarily mean you won’t be able to claim. However, the amount you are awarded in respect of your injuries may be reduced depending on your proportion of liability.

Of course, it will very much depend on the individual circumstances of your accident so, if you are not sure that you have a claim, then it's worth talking the matter through with an experienced solicitor. They'll put you on the right track and help you decide what's best, based on your personal circumstances.

Straightforward advice from legal experts

Thompsons Solicitors is one of Scotland's largest personal injury legal firms, helping the victims of various accidents receive the right amount of financial support so they're better able to cope with their injuries. We have a specialist road accident team, dedicated to fighting for the rights of people who have been injured in all types of motoring accidents. 

Our expert personal injury lawyers can help you receive the fair amount of compensation for your injuries. Call 0800 0891331 for an initial discussion on your case with a specialist lawyer


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