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Fire Down Below! Motorcycles and the art of fire extinguishing
Motorbike accident claim solicitor, Mike Clarke, takes a lighthearted look at at one of the many challenges facing motorbike riders Police bikes carry fire extinguishers. So do paramedic bikes....
Recommended by The Legal 500
We are delighted to report that Slee Blackwell, the solicitors behind the Motorcycle Accident Solicitors site, have been listed as a recommended firm for personal injury claims in the latest edition...
3D Printing Rebuilds Injured Motorcyclist's Face
A survivor of a serious motorbike accident has had pioneering surgery to reconstruct his face using a series of 3D printed parts. Stephen Power, aged 29, from Cardiff is thought to be one of the...
Winter Riding Check List
Well, it's wet, cold, windy, dark and miserable again As we all hunker down to struggle through the months of early starts, late finishes, greasy roads, poor visibility, hammering rain, bloody...
Priorite A Droite, Motorbiking In France
What a fab summer it has been!  Over 6 weeks of lovely weather here in Devon, surpassed only by the even better weather trolling around France!  Went over to the Vendee- that's the left hand bit...
Blood Bikes Cash Shortage
Bad Weather Hits Motorbike Medical Charity The seemingly endless wet weather up to the end of 2012 did more than damage houses, roads and businesses. It had a serious impact on a specialist medical...
Check your nuts
One of the earliest blogs here mentions the satisfaction derived from home mechanics and being able to take your bike apart, peer knowingly at its entrails, and put it back together again- preferably...
Navigation Skills
Ok, another whinge today, this being really just the culmination of many years of fulminating on a particular hobbyhorse of mine.  Signs.  I mean, proper road signs, giving comprehensible directions...
Too Many Motorbike Accidents in Plymouth
According to MAG, Plymouth needs special help for bikers. There have been 8 fatal bike accidents in the city in the last 8 months, way above the national statistical average- it is being suggested...
13 Memorable Moments
Memorable bike moments, in no particular order and for no particular reason today, other than that I just feel like it……. Riding to an isolated pub in the Fens one glorious summer evening when living...
GIVING SOMETHING BACK
As will be obvious to anyone reading this site, I am not in my 20’s any more. I started motorcycling at 17 and didn’t even get a car licence until I was 26. I then gave up bikes in the belief that I...
FAME BECKONS (SORT OF)
Our very own specialist injury solicitor and motorcyclist Mike Clarke has featured in a newspaper article about his work. Mike gave an exclusive interview to the North Devon Journal, reminiscing...
Spotting
I am an enthusiastic browser of charity shops, especially for old books. A happy few hours harmlessly trolling among boxes of dusty hardbacks donated by the next of kin from grandad’s box room can...
LIFE SAVING
By the time I had my first motorbike, I had spent at least 9 years of my life on two wheels, pedal-powered.  I was fortunate enough to grow up in Norfolk, with plenty of space to cycle around in,...
Petrol Economy
My riding style has always been fairly sedate. I was never in the least bit taken with racing or scratching, except perhaps for the first few months of my very first bike. Decking it on a wet corner...
Court of Appeal dismisses motorcylist's injury claim
In June 2006, Mr Goad was riding his motorcycle along a B road near Ely.  A Mr Butcher was driving a tractor coming the other way, and pulling a long, low trailer.  Mr Butcher turned the tractor...
Bideford Motorcyclist Wins Pothole Compensation at Court
A Bideford man who suffered back injuries in a motorcycle crash in February 2009 has secured compensation of nearly £40,000 at Exeter county court from Devon County Council. Graham Mills, a former...
contributory negligence
This is the legal term for a claimant being held partly to blame for his motorbike accident.   This basic legal concept can have a significant effect upon the value of a motorcycle accident claim,...
Highway authority liable for concrete deposit on road
Road accident and motorcycle claims expert, Mike Clarke examines the latest case on local councils’ duties to maintain the highway   The recent judgement in Thomas –v- Warwickshire CC has placed a...
Motorbike Oddities
We bikers, especially those of the 70’s/80’s like my goodself, are a rather odd lot. Let’s face it, back in the late 70’s, you had to be a bit odd to actually relish spending a lot of time on...
Thinking the Unthinkable - part 2
Continuing on from the last offering, let’s look at the practicalities of being involved in a crash with another vehicle or, God forbid, more than one. If the consequences are serious, chances...
Motorcyclist loses leg in crash
Mike Clarke, injury partner at Slee Blackwell, has just been instructed by a motorcyclist who lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident in Vauxhall, London earlier last month. Paul Efayena lost...
Thinking the Unthinkable- part 1
A bit of serious chat today. Given that we all ride motorbikes for the pleasure of it and consider ourselves good at it, it is difficult to contemplate being involved in a serious smash....
burning hydrocarbons
When, aged 17, I threw a wobbly leg over my very first bike, a Honda 250cc 4-stroke twin, I was continuing, in my small way, something of a family tradition. My dad had been a great Norton man; my...
deferred suicide with great scenery
My wife Rachel and I love the sun. One of my greatest regrets as I get older is that I didn’t choose a career with a transferrable skill, ‘cos there are days (like today) when if I had, I would be...
Barnstaple Motorcyclist Wins Compensation
Mike Clarke, injury partner at Slee Blackwell in Bideford, has secured a £15,000 settlement for a Barnstaple man who suffered multiple fractures in a motorbike accident. Reuben Densham, who now...
Spannerman and Haynes boy
The Haynes manual is part of motorcycling history. In the 1970’s, those of us my age fortunate enough to have a motorbike could manage to put fuel in it, but no way could we pay for a professional...
Fitting Parts- when is 40mm not 40mm?
Nothing enhances the value of your classic air-head BMW like stainless pipes and silencers. They also go that nice gun-barrel blue and don't rust. Last weekend, due to go for a run with a friend in...
Motorcycle Simulator
Dr Alex Stedmon and his research team at the University of Nottingham have developed a highly realistic motorcycle riding simulator as part of research into motorcycle ergonomics and rider human...
Manhole Covers
Devon County Council’s materials laboratory has been closely involved with the National Motorcycle Council (consisting of several influential motorcycle bodies) in providing back-up to the UK...
Pay Attention!
If this isn't a true story then, as me old Irish mother would say, it bloody well should be... Yer man was taking his new Harley, his pride and joy, on a touring trip across Ireland. For a...
Diesel
In my distant and increasingly fading youth, I used to cycle a lot, before I was old enough to have powered wheels. The disciplines I learned on pedals helped to protect me when I went on to...

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