Bend Accidents

This is where a motorcyclist crashes on a bend without another vehicle being involved. 15% of cases in a London study were of this type. These accidents were almost always the fault of the biker and more associated with recreational riding. Error is mostly due to slideout and fall due to overbraking, running wide of a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.

Experience of the rider:

This type of accident is three times more likely to involve inexperienced riders.

Road conditions

There is some evidence of a problem with oil, gravel and mud in rural bend accidents. Interestingly, bend accidents appear no more likely to happen than other accidents with damp, wet or icy roads.


This type of crash is particularly dangerous. It is twice as likely to cause a rider’s death and 1.5 times as likely to cause serious injury.



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