Typical motorcycle rear-ender crash

This video shows a British courier driver hitting a motorcycle from the rear while waiting to give way at an intersection, a typical rear-ender scenario for motorcycles.

The problem is that the van driver may have seen the rider, but then turns his head to the right to look for oncoming traffic. He obviously doesn’t look in front again to see if the rider has moved off.

Instead, he expects the rider has moved off, so when he moves forward, he hits the bike.

It’s happened to me at a stop sign when a fellow rider rammed me from behind. We were in a queue of riders going around the corner. While looking to the right for oncoming traffic he assumed I had dribbled through the stop sign instead of coming to a full stop.

And now here is a new video, also in the UK, of exactly the same thing!

How to avoid rear-enders

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself at an intersection from motorists who don’t look.

Move your motorcycle as far left (or right in some countries) as possible at an intersection. This rider is fairly far left but just another few centimetres and he might have avoided the rear-ender.

While looking for approaching traffic at an intersection or roundabout, also keep your eye on your rear-view mirrors.

Remain in gear and if you see a motorist approaching from behind who has not seen you, get ready to let the clutch out.

You may not have to dangerously ride out into oncoming traffic to avoid the rear-ender if you are close to the kerb; you may be able to just slip safely around the corner.

Read more here about avoiding rear-enders.

Road rage driverTypical motorcycle rear-ender crash

In this particular incident which happened in June last year, the careless DPD courier driver appeared unconcerned about the damage he caused to the learner’s bike.

He also seems to take offence at an eyewitness, kicking at him.

Furthermore, he seems to drive off, along with his colleague in a following DPD van, without supplying any insurance information.

Luckily the rider had a helmet camera to capture all the evidence he needs.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for DPD says the driver “was identified immediately and his contract with the company terminated on the spot”. 

5 Comments

  1. While at the point of the accident it’s fair to say the rider was not at fault, for a learner they certainly weren’t riding defensively up to that point. Increased chance of future road pizza if they keep it up unfortunately.

    The van driver was a c*ckwomble. In addition to losing his job, one hopes he was charged. The only honourable thing to do in such a simple case is to accept it and be reasonable.

    PS: Trouble with robots? reckon I had to click 200 mountains to post this 😉

  2. Driver’s a prick.
    Appears to – intimidate witness
    – leave scene of acident before exchanging details
    If that’s what he did, should be charged.

    Company’s a prick.
    All sacking driver does is deprive a family of their income.

    Bike rider – a learner – only one who did everything correctly.

    The bike is 100% correct, before & after the accident, & he’s only a learner.
    Rest of the world are pricks.

  3. A rider in a similar situation was killed a few months ago in Maclean NSW when a truck drove over him. They were both stopped at the stop sign waiting to turn onto the highway.

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