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Steve Farrell  says:

Rider denied compensation for crash with lorry that crossed white line

A motorcyclist who collided with an oncoming lorry which had partly crossed over the central white line has been denied compensation.  To blame the lorry driver would impose too high a standard on him, according to the Court of Appeal ruling.  Motorcyclist Robert Whiteford, of Soham, Cambridgeshire, lost a leg in the crash in April 2009 near Ely. He won...

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Oct 11

Posts: 2505

Piglet2010 says:

In the US

@ bigjames – Well, in the US a cager can often get away with killing a motorcyclist, pedal cyclist, or pedestrian by telling the police “I didn’t see him/her”, and not even a simple traffic citation will be issued for failure to yield. Cagers dominate by numbers, and the general attitude is screw everyone else, they should have also been in a cage.

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Nov 04

Posts: 69

viaciofano says:


I hope he is ok as loosing a leg can not be easy. I hope this is not a case of the lawyers making a bad descion on the points of law.

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Dec 03

Posts: 317

hairyMuppet says:


Kindly stop talking sense.  The locals won't know what to do with their burning picthforks.

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Apr 11

Posts: 109

bikerpete51 says:

Lorry 10/Biker 0

As previously commented we don't know all of the facts here to judge who was in the right or wrong. Funny though how the motorcyclist always seems to come off worst, whither to blame or not when involved with accident, police, government etc. Despite the concrete facts, one fact is the biker lost a leg and received nothing in compensation, whichever way I look at it, its wrong..   

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Apr 10

Posts: 17

thedogs3856 says:

Centreline crossing

Last year i had a similar experience but without accident but with a bus. Basically it was stopped a set of lights on a bend and its route was to turn hard left at the lights which meant it had to pull out over the centre line. On this occasion i was coming around the bend to the buses right. As i went around the bend the lights changed and the driver pulled his bus out over the centre line to turn left, narrowly missing me. As there was a sign just before the lights on his side of the road stating the action of crossing the line must not be carried out due to traffic coming from the right (like me), the bus company had to change its route so that it approached the junction from the opposite side of the road, and therefore went straight on instead of needing to make the turn by crossing the centre line. Neither the driver or the company were prosecuted for there action as nothing had occured, but it did make them change the route for the safety of others. I would like to add that we are all made aware of the need to approach bends towards the centre to give us the maximum amount of vision forward and through the corner with correct positioning. Its in all basic motorcycle training.

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Mar 09

Posts: 78

wobblybiker says:


If the rider was going round a left-hand lane, then by being on the outside of HIS SIDE OF THE ROAD then he was adopting the practice recommended by police Roadcraft. His solicitor is a complete pillock for allowing him to say he was in the wrong by not being in the middle of his own lane. I'd sue him.

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Aug 10

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Very sad to hear about this accident and the fact the motorcyclist came out of the whole situation so badly.

Ride defensively, protect yourself from oncoming traffic, assume the next bend will have an obsticle in your way.

It's not about riding slowly, it's about riding with your brain in gear.

Practise your road positions and cornering lines, keep yourself safe.

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Sep 07

Posts: 225

Fly by night says:

What if

It had been an expensive car trashed and clearly in its own lane, judging by what is said in the article there wouldn't have been enough room for a car to travel the road properly without swerving, would it then be down to the car driver for driving in the correct lane?

Or for that matter a bus and the bus had the side of it ripped off by the lorry with many injured due to the lorry not fitting into the road properly?

Would it have been the same result?

It does make you wonder.

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