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Fleet driver captures motorbike crash on dashcam

Footage from a fleet driver has shown a motorcyclist thrown from their bike in a collision with an oncoming car.

The accident takes place after a silver saloon car turns into his path just as he is overtaking a black Mercedes who is turning right at a road junction.

The biker narrowly avoids smashing head on into the silver saloon.

Sparks fly from his bike as he swerves to avoid the collision and he is left sprawling on the road.

The biker escaped with only minor injuries following the smash on the A665 in Ardwick, close to Manchester city centre.

The video, shot in June, has been released by vehicle CCTV firm SmartWitness to highlight the dangers of motorcyclists overtaking close to junctions as new figures show a record number of biker casualties on Britain's roads.

It was shot by one its fleet clients who have achieved rapid savings in their insurance claims after fitting the cameras to their vehicles. 

Motorcyclists remain the most vulnerable road users, accounting for 21% of all road deaths in the UK last year, according to Department for Transport figures. 

A total of 365 motorcyclists lost their lives, the equivalent of one per day. 

This was an increase of 8% from 2014 and contrasts with a general downward trend for fatalities among other road users.

Almost half of all motorcycling accidents occur at junctions (45%) and 'a failure to look properly' was the most frequently cited cause of these accidents.

SmartWitness chief executive Paul Singh said: "Sadly, motorcycle deaths and injuries on UK roads are steadily increasing and this video shows why.

"While the majority of motorcyclists drive very safely, there is a growing minority of bikers who do take unnecessary risks and cause avoidable accidents.

"The Mercedes driver in this incident had a SmartWitness camera which captured the whole incident on film. He was able to show that he was blameless and that the accident was caused by the motorcyclist overtaking at the wrong time.

"The motorcyclist had a very lucky escape. It was a miracle that he only suffered a few minor injuries.

"While Britain's roads are getting safer, casualties involving motorcyclists continue to increase. We urge all motorcyclists to be extra-vigilant, particularly when they are travelling close to junctions."​

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  • Bianca Castafiore - 08/12/2016 11:50

    Interesting article, albeit mainly meant as an advertisement for the camera company, and obviously the camera has captured the event. However, as both a car driver and a motorcyclist, I notice that whilst the motorcyclist is wrong by overtaking at a junction, the camera won't record whether or not the car driver was indicating to turn right at the time of the incident. Car drivers have been known not to indicate.....

    • Guest - 08/12/2016 11:56

      This was my exact thought! I possibly looked into it a bit much but I can't see a reflection of an indicator so although legally it is the bikers fault for overtaking near a junction, I think it is more likely that the car driver is at fault due to the biker not being a mind reader!

      • User - 08/12/2016 11:58

        which driver hit the bike, was it the black car or the one turning?

        • Guest - 08/12/2016 13:47

          Looks like black car only hit (to me)

    • Mike - 08/12/2016 12:00

      Also regardless of what the motorcyclist is doing, the silver car comes across a give way line and therefore has to give way to whatever is occurring on the major carriageway. Had the motorcyclist hit the silver car, then the car is to blame for the RTA, although there may still be consequences for the motorcyclist.

  • Guest - 08/12/2016 12:09

    Another thought pretty much echoing those above, what about all the 'Think Bike' road safety campaigns urging car drivers to check their mirrors more carefully when turning at junctions to avoid situations like the one above? These make you assume as a car driver that if you make this turn and a bike is coming up alongside and you take them out, then you are at fault - this article/situation appears to contradict that? If the turning car is totally not at fault, perhaps the money spent on the road safety campaign could have been spent telling motorbike riders not to overtake at junctions!

  • Matt Evans - 08/12/2016 12:49

    Completely agree with all comments above - I'd like to know what the motorcyclist statement said - shame the article doesnt give both sides of the story to give us the full picture rather than just lots of presumptions.........and advertising. Can the editorial follow this up and tell us? perhaps a motorcycle insurance company could sponsor the extra coffee in finding out.............

  • Bianca Castafiore - 08/12/2016 18:35

    Good to see comments adding to this topic, and by coincidence I followed an Audi A4 for no less than five miles today through built up areas in Lichfield. Not once did I see an indicator illuminate, and the driver seemed oblivious to any other road users. I'm not getting at Audi drivers either - I drive an Audi too, but I have been blessed with realising what the left lever does on the steering column.......!

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