Motorcycle Blog

December 12, 2010

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

Andrew Dalton is a highly experienced trial lawyer who delights in taking on difficult and demanding motorcycle cases. He has a tough and relentless litigation style and is utterly focussed on getting the best possible outcomes for his clients.

  • Ken Lines

    April 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    In cases like this there is another, very valid point to consider. When riding, as in driving, it is not possible to spend 100% of the time looking ahead. there is always the need to do ‘life saver’ checks and rear view checks on a ‘bike and mirror checks in a car. Whilst these checks take only a small fraction of time, probably only around a second, even at 30 mph a vehicle has travelled 44 feet in that time. That distance may mean the difference between a buttock clenching moment and an ‘off’ on a bike.

    Ken Lines.

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