WATCH: Shocking Video of Dangerous Motorcyclist Warns Dorset Road Users
8:10am 3rd April 2014
9 motorcyclists have already been killed on Dorset's roads this year.
Now Dorset Police have released a shocking video of a motorcycle accident in the county to serve as a warning.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
The rider is filmed filtering past traffic, when his motorcycle is involved in a collision with a car coming in the opposite direction.
The 30-year-old man broke his leg, suffered a spinal fracture and ended up in hospital for 3 weeks.
Dorset's top traffic officer Inspector Matt Butler says: "The motorcyclist was travelling far too fast for the road conditions, resulting in a really nasty collision.
"We have released this video as a warning to other motorcyclists. Please drive carefully and responsibly. If you don't you too could end up with serious injuries or even killed."
Police Constable Chris Smith, Dorset's BikeSafe coordinator, says a number of collisions, including the one featured in the video, have involved motorcyclists failing to filter past traffic safely.
"Filtering is perfectly legal for bikers to do but only when done safely. Some recent collisions have involved riders travelling far too fast to be able to react to changes in front of them.
"The most recent case saw the rider travelling at speeds which would not even have been safe for a police bike with the lights and siren working.
"I urge all bikers when they filter to do so at a speed at which you are able to stop if anything pulls out in front of you. The motorcyclist in this video may have avoided the car had he been travelling at more appropriate speed."
Bikers are urged to:
- Make yourself as visible as possible from the side as well as the front and rear.
- Wear a light or brightly coloured helmet and fluorescent clothing or strips.
- Put on your dipped headlights - even in good daylight.
- Be aware that other vehicle drivers may still not have seen you, or judged your distance or speed correctly, especially at junctions.