Reversing blind

Reversing blind

I pulled up at my local motorbike dealer into the proper parking spaces and was just about to get off my Ducati 916.

There was a big truck there delivering pallets of new bikes. He then reversed up and bashed into me and then continued to reverse over my motorbike until another biker ran over waving him to stop.

At this point I had rolled away after breaking my wrist. The driver got out and started shouting I was an idiot for being behind him. I politely told him he was the idiot (insert various expletives around that sentence).

He then kicked off at the chap from the motorbike dealer for not watching him reverse. When I kicked off with him he said I needed to take up the matter with the dealer’s insurer as it happened on their property.

Fast forward a few months and the motorbike dealer and their insurer won’t even respond to my calls and letters. I don’t know what to do. Please help!


The driver sounds like a proper tool and that he may need a guide dog as well as a lesson in being a decent human being. The advice is simple. Do not get distracted by the bluster of this buffoon.

He was driving the truck that caused the damage. This happened after he negligently reversed into and over your motorbike. You can bring your claim against him and his insurance company.

Lastly, on the issue of the 916, I am gutted as this was my teenage boy dream bike and one less in the world is a very sad thing.

Andrew ‘Chef’ Prendergast

More Bikes June 2018

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Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Last modified: July 30, 2018 at 8:55 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.


  1. john faulknerJune 30, 2018

    Hi Chef, that story beggars belief, the truck driver was totally out of control and failed to take any due care. He should loose his license he is a danger to all road users.

  2. Brian BarnardJuly 2, 2018

    I am not a lawyer but is there not a case of contributory negligence? If the truck was reversing it must have driven past the delivery point which, presumably, at the time was empty. During reversing the motorcyclist pulls up behind to park without checking if it is safe to do so. The devil as always is in the detail

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