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West Midlands Ambulance Service issue advice to motorcyclists

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 03, 2014

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ADVICE has been issued to motorcyclists by West MidlandsAmbulance Service after statistics showed riders were the group most likely to be involved in accidents on the road.

Figures revealed that motorcycle riders were 38 times more likely to be killed in a road accident than car occupants, with 331 bikers dying and 4,866 seriously injured in collisions on Britain's roads in 2013.

WMAS suggests riders ensure they are alert and slow down when necessary, make sure they are able to stop if the unexpected happens, position themselves in the safest place to observe potential hazards and that they always take a second glance over the shoulder before carrying out any manoeuvre.

The service also acknowledges that some incidents are unavoidable and advises riders to kit themselves out in case of an accident, particularly during the summer months; always wear protective clothing, including helmet, protective jackets, trousers, gloves and boots, for the best chance of survival.

WMAS motorbike paramedic Mark Hayes said: "I believe as a motorcyclist that a lot of these accidents are avoidable and we can minimise injury by wearing the correct gear."

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