Bike fell off a recovery truck

Bike fell off a recovery truck

My classic (read that as unreliable) RD350 broke down. The breakdown company turned up with a flat bed truck. Long story short is the numpty recovery truck driver didn’t strap the bike down properly and as we pulled away my bike fell over. It was like something off a Carry On film.

Thankfully no one got hurt. However I did my nut as it dented the tank and broke a foot peg. The recovery driver said it’s one of those things as bikes are tricky to strap down and told me to claim off my insurance. That can’t be right can it?


No, that’s not right. The numpty driver is full of it. This sort of thing properly annoys me. He was providing a service, he executed it poorly and now you have a battered bike.

I am firmly of the view that if you make a mistake (as we all do because we’re human) take responsibility, apologise and try to rectify it. In your case the solution is getting your bike fixed. If the repair company won’t deal with it then you may have no choice but to issue court proceedings and put it before a judge.

Andrew ‘Chef’ Prendergast

Motorcycle Monthly June 2016

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Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Last modified: March 23, 2018 at 4:50 pm

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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