VIDEO: Shocking footage of serious motorcycle crash released as warning to bikers

Dorset Echo: Dorset Police traffic officer, inspector Matt Butler Dorset Police traffic officer, inspector Matt Butler

A SHOCKING video of a crash involving a motorcyclist has been released by Dorset Police as a warning to others.

The biker involved in the video was filmed filtering along Alder Road in Poole when his motorcycle was in collision with a car coming out of a side road.

The 30-year-old, from Poole, sustained multiple injuries, including a broken leg, spinal fracture and tissue damage. He spent three weeks in hospital. No one else was injured in the collision.

Traffic officer for Dorset Police, inspector Matt Butler, said: “The motorcyclist was travelling far too fast for the road conditions, resulting in a really nasty collision.

“We have released this video as a warning to other motorcyclists - please drive carefully and responsibly.

“If you don’t, you too, could end up with serious injuries or even killed.”

Police constable Chris Smith, Dorset’s BikeSafe coordinator, said a number of collisions, including the one featured in the video, have involved motorcyclists failing to filter past traffic safely.

He added: “Filtering is perfectly legal for bikers to do but only when done safely.

“Some recent collisions have involved riders travelling far too fast to be able to react to changes in front of them. “The most recent case saw the rider travelling at speeds which would not even have been safe for a police bike with the lights and siren working. “I urge all bikers when they filter to do so at a speed at which you are able to stop if anything pulls out in front of you.

“The motorcyclist in this video may have avoided the car had he been travelling at more appropriate speed.”

Nine motorcyclists lost their lives in collisions on Dorset’s roads between January 1 2013 and December 31 2013, and 77 suffered serious injuries.

Four motorcyclists died and 92 were seriously injured in 2012.

Inspector Butler said bikers need to be aware of their riding abilities and has called on all motorists to concentrate and remember the many potential hazards on our roads.

He added: “These are not just statistics; these are real people with families who have had their lives shattered.

“That is why we encourage bikers to sign up to BikeSafe which will give them the skills to be safer on the road. All motorists must make sure they take the time to look properly before pulling out of a junction and ‘Think Bike’.”

A series of BikeSafe courses are being held across Dorset until September 2014.

The two-day weekend course costs £25 and is for anyone who rides a bike with an engine size of at least 250cc.

It consists of a theory element followed by an assessed ride.

For more information visit the national BikeSafe website bikesafe.co.uk.

Bikers are urged to: Make yourself as visible as possible from the side as well as the front and rear.

Wear a light or brightly coloured helmet and fluorescent clothing or strips.

Put on your dipped headlights – even in good daylight.

Be aware that other vehicle drivers may still not have seen you, or judged your distance or speed correctly, especially at junctions.

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4:16pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Polyvista says...

I would call that OVERTAKING not 'filtering'! Overtaking in a highly dangerous manner considering the junction ahead. At least the biker lives to learn the dangers of what he attempted!
I would call that OVERTAKING not 'filtering'! Overtaking in a highly dangerous manner considering the junction ahead. At least the biker lives to learn the dangers of what he attempted! Polyvista
  • Score: 15

4:32pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Bert Fry says...

I agree, that to me is overtaking near a junction, not filtering through traffic. Painful way to learn a lesson nonetheless glad he's recovered now.
I agree, that to me is overtaking near a junction, not filtering through traffic. Painful way to learn a lesson nonetheless glad he's recovered now. Bert Fry
  • Score: 9

5:57pm Wed 2 Apr 14

westbaywonder says...

Fast filter!
Fast filter! westbaywonder
  • Score: -2

7:10pm Wed 2 Apr 14

NearlyLocal says...

On Sunday I was driving to the speed limit in my car along the A35 Bloxworth when I was caught and overtook by 5 idiots on bikes, over-taking on solid white lines and bends. They even overtook an ambulance on a bend. Guess they were hoping it would be not far behind them when they crashed!! Crazy. The rules of the road are the same for all of us. Numpties!!
On Sunday I was driving to the speed limit in my car along the A35 Bloxworth when I was caught and overtook by 5 idiots on bikes, over-taking on solid white lines and bends. They even overtook an ambulance on a bend. Guess they were hoping it would be not far behind them when they crashed!! Crazy. The rules of the road are the same for all of us. Numpties!! NearlyLocal
  • Score: 6

7:29am Thu 3 Apr 14

MattWey77 says...

I was back at my parents over the weekend, while they live out in the country, you could hear the motorbikes coming from a good mile or two away (or at least it seemed like that), and then they passed it was at massive speeds. I would guess, based on the speed they overtook cars, speed must have been at least 100+. I was amazed that none of tne crashed.

First sunny weekend of the year and all the biker cretins come out. I am sure it is just the minority of bikers who seem to have a death wish, but sadly we all know the actions of a few tar them all.
I was back at my parents over the weekend, while they live out in the country, you could hear the motorbikes coming from a good mile or two away (or at least it seemed like that), and then they passed it was at massive speeds. I would guess, based on the speed they overtook cars, speed must have been at least 100+. I was amazed that none of tne crashed. First sunny weekend of the year and all the biker cretins come out. I am sure it is just the minority of bikers who seem to have a death wish, but sadly we all know the actions of a few tar them all. MattWey77
  • Score: 9

9:29am Thu 3 Apr 14

paul2164 says...

"Inspector Butler said bikers need to be aware of their riding abilities and has called on all motorists to concentrate and remember the many potential hazards on our roads."

My answer to Inspector Butler is, we are fully aware of potential hazards on the roads hence being issued a driving license!
The biker 'filtering' at a junction was nobody's fault but the biker. The motorist coming out of the junction didn't have a chance of seeing that biker.

Thank god there weren't any potholes though...could you imagine the somersault he would've done if there was?!
"Inspector Butler said bikers need to be aware of their riding abilities and has called on all motorists to concentrate and remember the many potential hazards on our roads." My answer to Inspector Butler is, we are fully aware of potential hazards on the roads hence being issued a driving license! The biker 'filtering' at a junction was nobody's fault but the biker. The motorist coming out of the junction didn't have a chance of seeing that biker. Thank god there weren't any potholes though...could you imagine the somersault he would've done if there was?! paul2164
  • Score: -1

12:18pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Bert Fry says...

paul2164 wrote:
"Inspector Butler said bikers need to be aware of their riding abilities and has called on all motorists to concentrate and remember the many potential hazards on our roads."

My answer to Inspector Butler is, we are fully aware of potential hazards on the roads hence being issued a driving license!
The biker 'filtering' at a junction was nobody's fault but the biker. The motorist coming out of the junction didn't have a chance of seeing that biker.

Thank god there weren't any potholes though...could you imagine the somersault he would've done if there was?!
If you think that simply holding a driving licence makes you fully aware of potential hazards on the road then unfortunately you are probably part of the problem and not the solution.
Everybody can improve their hazard perception skills and driving (or riding) standards. Go and talk to the IAM or the police running the bike safe courses to see if they hold your view.
[quote][p][bold]paul2164[/bold] wrote: "Inspector Butler said bikers need to be aware of their riding abilities and has called on all motorists to concentrate and remember the many potential hazards on our roads." My answer to Inspector Butler is, we are fully aware of potential hazards on the roads hence being issued a driving license! The biker 'filtering' at a junction was nobody's fault but the biker. The motorist coming out of the junction didn't have a chance of seeing that biker. Thank god there weren't any potholes though...could you imagine the somersault he would've done if there was?![/p][/quote]If you think that simply holding a driving licence makes you fully aware of potential hazards on the road then unfortunately you are probably part of the problem and not the solution. Everybody can improve their hazard perception skills and driving (or riding) standards. Go and talk to the IAM or the police running the bike safe courses to see if they hold your view. Bert Fry
  • Score: 3

2:24pm Thu 3 Apr 14

shy talk says...

It’s not only motorbikes that overtake at junctions. I have had inpatient motorist and cyclist do the same. At least the car hit will not have any problems with claiming after the insurance company have seen the footage. Hope the motorcyclist has a full recovery.
It’s not only motorbikes that overtake at junctions. I have had inpatient motorist and cyclist do the same. At least the car hit will not have any problems with claiming after the insurance company have seen the footage. Hope the motorcyclist has a full recovery. shy talk
  • Score: 0

9:08pm Thu 3 Apr 14

paul2164 says...

Bert Fry wrote:
paul2164 wrote:
"Inspector Butler said bikers need to be aware of their riding abilities and has called on all motorists to concentrate and remember the many potential hazards on our roads."

My answer to Inspector Butler is, we are fully aware of potential hazards on the roads hence being issued a driving license!
The biker 'filtering' at a junction was nobody's fault but the biker. The motorist coming out of the junction didn't have a chance of seeing that biker.

Thank god there weren't any potholes though...could you imagine the somersault he would've done if there was?!
If you think that simply holding a driving licence makes you fully aware of potential hazards on the road then unfortunately you are probably part of the problem and not the solution.
Everybody can improve their hazard perception skills and driving (or riding) standards. Go and talk to the IAM or the police running the bike safe courses to see if they hold your view.
It's not rocket science. Just look around and think before you take any action in your car or on your bike. Tadah! Hazard Perception.
So you're saying that police know better than me (a simple motorist)? Do the Police hold some secret formula to being the perfect motorist? Don't think so.
^_^
[quote][p][bold]Bert Fry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paul2164[/bold] wrote: "Inspector Butler said bikers need to be aware of their riding abilities and has called on all motorists to concentrate and remember the many potential hazards on our roads." My answer to Inspector Butler is, we are fully aware of potential hazards on the roads hence being issued a driving license! The biker 'filtering' at a junction was nobody's fault but the biker. The motorist coming out of the junction didn't have a chance of seeing that biker. Thank god there weren't any potholes though...could you imagine the somersault he would've done if there was?![/p][/quote]If you think that simply holding a driving licence makes you fully aware of potential hazards on the road then unfortunately you are probably part of the problem and not the solution. Everybody can improve their hazard perception skills and driving (or riding) standards. Go and talk to the IAM or the police running the bike safe courses to see if they hold your view.[/p][/quote]It's not rocket science. Just look around and think before you take any action in your car or on your bike. Tadah! Hazard Perception. So you're saying that police know better than me (a simple motorist)? Do the Police hold some secret formula to being the perfect motorist? Don't think so. ^_^ paul2164
  • Score: -3

10:30pm Thu 3 Apr 14

lucicat says...

i totally agree. holding a license doesn't make you fully qualified. if it did, there wouldn't be so many irresponsible, blind as a bat, 97 year olds, driving cars at 22 mph!!! this biker was responsible for his own fate, he rode irresponsibly for the area he was in. maybe if the police tackled the drivers that cannot be bothered to indicate, those that only have one headlight working, and those flicking the **** cigarettes out of the windows, riding could be a little safer, and people could learn to share the road being mindful of other users.
i totally agree. holding a license doesn't make you fully qualified. if it did, there wouldn't be so many irresponsible, blind as a bat, 97 year olds, driving cars at 22 mph!!! this biker was responsible for his own fate, he rode irresponsibly for the area he was in. maybe if the police tackled the drivers that cannot be bothered to indicate, those that only have one headlight working, and those flicking the **** cigarettes out of the windows, riding could be a little safer, and people could learn to share the road being mindful of other users. lucicat
  • Score: 0

10:33pm Thu 3 Apr 14

lucicat says...

MattWey77 wrote:
I was back at my parents over the weekend, while they live out in the country, you could hear the motorbikes coming from a good mile or two away (or at least it seemed like that), and then they passed it was at massive speeds. I would guess, based on the speed they overtook cars, speed must have been at least 100+. I was amazed that none of tne crashed.

First sunny weekend of the year and all the biker cretins come out. I am sure it is just the minority of bikers who seem to have a death wish, but sadly we all know the actions of a few tar them all.
when you are travelling at 30mph on a road, and being overtaken by 5, probably very loud, motorbikes, it could seem they were going incredibly fast, when in reality, they are just going faster than you.
[quote][p][bold]MattWey77[/bold] wrote: I was back at my parents over the weekend, while they live out in the country, you could hear the motorbikes coming from a good mile or two away (or at least it seemed like that), and then they passed it was at massive speeds. I would guess, based on the speed they overtook cars, speed must have been at least 100+. I was amazed that none of tne crashed. First sunny weekend of the year and all the biker cretins come out. I am sure it is just the minority of bikers who seem to have a death wish, but sadly we all know the actions of a few tar them all.[/p][/quote]when you are travelling at 30mph on a road, and being overtaken by 5, probably very loud, motorbikes, it could seem they were going incredibly fast, when in reality, they are just going faster than you. lucicat
  • Score: -2

8:24am Fri 4 Apr 14

Polyvista says...

As most agree it was wholly the Bikers fault, but anyone about to turn right coming out of a side road like that should think 'Is there any total idiot that I cannot see overtaking the approaching line of traffic'.
As most agree it was wholly the Bikers fault, but anyone about to turn right coming out of a side road like that should think 'Is there any total idiot that I cannot see overtaking the approaching line of traffic'. Polyvista
  • Score: 4

10:29pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Gordon Clifton says...

The inspector's advice and comments missed the key lesson - don't overtake at a junction.
The inspector's advice and comments missed the key lesson - don't overtake at a junction. Gordon Clifton
  • Score: 2

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