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I went out on my Hornet 900 for a countryside wander. I was riding through rural Buckinghamshire and went to head over a canal. As it was spanned by a humpback bridge I slowed down and had just stopped to give way to an oncoming truck when I was rear ended by Sunday driving ‘football mum’.

Now bear in mind I had stopped and I got rear-ended you would think I was due an apology. However, she got out and went mental and said her ‘Little Henry’ could have been killed (he was in the back dressed in football kit) and that she would see me in court.

As she trashed the back of my bike and I fell off and broke my arm I have started a claim against her. However, her insurer has responded saying that I reversed into her at speed and fell off.

Yes, reversed! I have seen a statement from her saying she saw my reversing lights flash on and it was my fault. I was gobsmacked. What do I do now?


I personally have only seen someone stupid enough to allege this a few times in my career. In response, my advice is to issue court proceedings as soon as possible and put the matter before a judge at trial if need be.

I suspect the judge will do their biscuit if ‘football mum’ rocks up at court to lie about your reverse geared motorbike along with its reversing lights. In fact I would pay good money to watch the pantomime.

However, I suspect it won’t get that far once her insurer appoints a ‘grown up’ solicitor who knows how ridiculous the argument is and they will likely settle sooner rather than later.

Andrew Prendergast

Motorcycle Monthly December 2017

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a GSX1400 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.

  • John Faulkner

    February 10, 2018 at 9:09 am Reply

    Hi Chef, another absolute gem, clearly football Mum is totally over stressed with having to bring up a family and the responsibility it requires. She has also adopted the blame culture really well – I hope the rider receives all that he is due and it is a pity that football Mum cannot have her license revoked to reduce the risk to other riders. Keep up the good work, John

  • Andrew Dalton

    February 16, 2018 at 6:22 pm Reply

    This comes up very occasionally. I had a similar one where a young lad, driving his sister’s car, uninsured and possibly without her permission tried the same story. I suppose if you don’t know anything about bikes you might swallow this. I also had the idiot youth describing his panic as he saw the VFR 750’s reversing light flash on and the bike reversed at speed. Luckily for my client the insurers called their engineers and abandoned this line in a pretty good humoured way. If memory serves the idiot in the car was a soldier and his insurance company had the money out of his military pay. Not the sharpest tool in the box.

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