Slippery road accident – Down and dirty

Slippery road accident – Down and dirty

Meet Mark Stone, Britain’s unluckiest motorcyclist. Each month we tackle the legal aftermath of Mark’s riding mishaps. Today, riding through town, pride comes before a very messy fall


Slippery surfaces are recognised legally as dangerous to motorcyclists. One high Court decision sets out the need for wheel and road cleaning by operators in muddy environments who owe a duty of care to keep the roads mud free.

Mark should bring claims of negligence and the little known public nuisance. The muddy jacket and photos of the bike and scene are good evidence; also proven that, reasonably, Mark should have seen the mud and that, if so, he could have acted differently, damages might be reduced. But with compromised braking and steering, it’s hard to prove, especially against evidence from solicitors expert in motorcycle claims.

Andrew Dalton

Bike Magazine

December 2010

Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Last modified: December 12, 2010 at 12:00 am

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a ZZR1400 as his daily commuter whether it is sunny or snowing. In addition, he is currently restoring an old Honda CB750 K1. Andrew practices across all areas of motorcycle law, with his practice involving both civil claims and motoring defence work.


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