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Drivers urged to take care after motorcycle accidents in Lincolnshire

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: September 03, 2012

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DRIVERS are being urged to take extra care on the roads following recent incidents involving motorcyclists.

The warning follows two crashes in which high-powered bikes visiting the coast, collided with tractor and trailers turning across a carriageway.

In the first incident on the A631 near Gainsborough the rider died, and the rider in the second collision on the A158 near Candlesby last weekend, remains in hospital with serious injuries.

Head of Casualty Reduction, Detective Inspector Rob Grace is appealing for motorists to be extra vigilant.

He said: "We want people to enjoy the county and for all motorists to safely travel on the county's roads, particularly during the summer school holidays and whilst the warm weather is upon us.

"What people must take into account is that we are a large agricultural county with a farming community, and as harvesting has already started there will be large, slower moving machinery travelling on our rural roads."

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  • baddadbill  |  September 16 2012, 11:23PM

    "I assume that you don't ride a motorcycle roaduser1. Quoting 128+129, means absolutely nothing to the subject as these apply to car drivers, just as much, as to bikers. Maybe you should have included cars parked too close to junctions, which impede other road users vision when pulling out, cars with darkened windows or drivers who jump red lights, (something that is rare with bikes) but why would you, when you can get a thinly veiled dig at bikers? It worries me so many people post that they are advanced or are high speed trained, thinking they have the absolute omnipotence of driving knowledge. I know a emergency service trained driver who, with their aggression and derision of other road users, I wouldn't trust with my wheelbarrow. Two excellent points to this subject, in my opinion, are billybilboa's suggestion that all road users are put on two wheels for a set time, something I have advocated for quite a few years, and Roadscource's driving philosophy." I see the whole story now, Mr GSX1100 is a car hater, what a bloody stupid idea making everyone ride a bike before they get their licence. I suggest they make Bike traing harder and stop the hooligan element racing everywhere The "Shiney side up" signs should not only warn you that there is a motorbike behind you and would not be able to stop if you turned right but should also mention to said bikers that you will end up worse off should said car turn right, ie slow down

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  • InsideStory  |  September 06 2012, 6:44PM

    There is just as many if not more erratic car drivers than motorcycle riders on our roads and any attempt to target these selfish fools as to be a good thing in my book but saying that car drivers are enclosed within a cage where motorcyclists are more vulnerable to worse injury's or death. Plain police patrol cars need to be patrolling Lincoln city center every night between 1630 -- 1800 for a period of time to catch some very selfish erratic driving ,Canwick Road and Hill ,Wigford way,Carholme Road ,Broadgate just for starters.

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  • TheExaminer  |  September 05 2012, 10:34PM

    Far too many "sports bike" riders (I generalise with this term) treating the roads like a race track and then moan when folk going about their day to day business get in the way of their madness! Everyone has a duty to drive/ride with due care and attention. I praise the local Plods recent campaign "Operation Octane" targetting these fools..... but there seem to be plenty of them still at it given the nice weather. As far as I'm concerned they are the authors of their own misfortune if they choose to ride in such a manner.....save it for Cadwell Park where at least everyones going in the same direction! Oh! and I am a motorcyclist too and I filter when safe and I potter along if I feel like it or make progress close to the speed limit and drive a car and sometimes even HGV's......I'll stop there.

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  • AaronJewel  |  September 05 2012, 2:12PM

    Roadsource, no, I am with you on that one. I don't agree with lowering speed limits for the sake of it. My injured friend will admit himself that although you can legally ride down the back roads of Lincolnshire at 60mph, there are places where you probably shouldn't. I'm not saying we should be sticking up speed limit signs everywhere that there could be a danger, but drivers and bikers alike should be exercising a little more common sense when necessary.

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  • Roadscource  |  September 05 2012, 1:34PM

    AaronJewel sympathies with regard to your friend and the injuries sustained. I do have a question though and you do seem to be steering the post down the "lower the speed limit" route with your comment "instead of the more sensible 40mph for the type of back road he was on, the accident wouldn't have happened at all". It seams obvious that if the Land Rover driver had been driving WITH due care then "the accident wouldn't have happened at all". In my opinion, if a driver is unable to operate a vehicle within the parameters of the current laws and speed limits then they are unfit to drive and more than a danger to others. GSX1100 will probably comment again about speed limits not being targets but im afraid they are if your livelyhood relys on it. I for one always like to get from A to B as quickly as possible not at 30 or 40mph because the driver in front "doesnt feel safe" driving at the nose bleeding limit of 60.

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  • AaronJewel  |  September 05 2012, 9:56AM

    billybilboa, I don't have a problem with bikers making their way past slow moving traffic. That's the advantage of having a bike. I don't have an issue with them speeding past a queue of traffic moving at the speed limit. My issue is with those who try to ride the roads as if they were Valentino Rossi, yet blame drivers for not being vigilant enough of them. Last year, a biker friend of mine crashed into a trailer being towed by a Land Rover which pulled out on him. He's been left paralysed from the waist down. He saw it pulling out and swerved to where it was coming from. He says that if the Land Rover hadn't braked he would have avoided it and crashed into a field instead and probably wouldn't have been injured. However, he also says that if he hadn't been doing 60mph, although legally, instead of the more sensible 40mph for the type of back road he was on, the accident wouldn't have happened at all. My point is that we all need to be as equally vigilant and careful, not just warn drivers to be wary of bikers!

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  • gsx1100  |  September 04 2012, 9:30PM

    I assume that you don't ride a motorcycle roaduser1. Quoting 128+129, means absolutely nothing to the subject as these apply to car drivers, just as much, as to bikers. Maybe you should have included cars parked too close to junctions, which impede other road users vision when pulling out, cars with darkened windows or drivers who jump red lights, (something that is rare with bikes) but why would you, when you can get a thinly veiled dig at bikers? It worries me so many people post that they are advanced or are high speed trained, thinking they have the absolute omnipotence of driving knowledge. I know a emergency service trained driver who, with their aggression and derision of other road users, I wouldn't trust with my wheelbarrow. Two excellent points to this subject, in my opinion, are billybilboa's suggestion that all road users are put on two wheels for a set time, something I have advocated for quite a few years, and Roadscource's driving philosophy.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 04 2012, 9:21PM

    Lincoln Satellite - I see what you are saying, and I thought it myself, but the article is ambiguous. It mentions tractors and trailers turning across a carriageway. If the motorcyclist is overtaking traffic behind the traffic and collides with it, the rider is at fault (assuming the tractor and trailer have functioning indicators - not a given). The alternative is that the rider is travelling on an empty carriageway, only to suddenly find an oncoming large agricultural vehicle turning right in front of them, leaving the biker with nowhere to go. It happened to me this morning - a car towing a caravan turned right across my path. Fortunately, I could see the caravan above the car so did not react to just a car, but if it had been a tractor I might not have been aware of the trailer behind it.

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  • camelherder  |  September 04 2012, 6:32PM

    When horrible things like this happen it always leads to the same debate but it is a simple fact that there are the good and the bad in all walks of life including those using the roads from pedestrians to HGV drivers and that will never change.

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  • Lincoln Satellite  |  September 04 2012, 5:19PM

    The story is about Bikers riding into Agricultural machinery crossing the road or turning right - surely the warning should be to bikers and not to car drivers?

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