A Fatal Motorcycle Accident, UK Road Traffic Legislation Since 1903 and Recent Changes in the Law
Robert M. Bruce-Chwatt*
MBBS (Lond.), MFTM RCPS (Glasg), DFFP, part 1 DMJ, Senior Forensic Medical Examiner (FME), Metropolitan Police, London, UK
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dr. Robert M. Bruce-Chwatt
MBBS (Lond.), MFTM RCPS (Glasg)
DFFP, part 1 DMJ, Senior Forensic Medical Examiner (FME)
Metropolitan Police, London, UK
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: April 08, 2011; Accepted date: May 07, 2011; Published date: May 16, 2011
Citation: Bruce-Chwatt RM (2011) A Fatal Motorcycle Accident, UK Road Traffic Legislation Since 1903 and Recent Changes in the Law. J Forensic Res 2:125. doi:10.4172/2157-7145.1000125
Copyright: © 2011 Bruce-Chwatt RM. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The risks of traveling by motorcycle are well recognized, both in terms of excess speed and relative lack of physical protection. Legislation since 1903 has been on-going to try to reduce the carnage on the roads and to recognize the financial problems that such a death leaves behind for the families of the victim. An overview of speed cameras currently in use is given with the more frequent use of ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras for surveillance of known and suspected criminals, valid car insurance verification, current Ministry of Transport mechanical certificates and, increasingly, for with average speed calculation between camera sites. The latter resulting in the surprising and unexpected penalty notice in the post often many days after the incident, though to be legal in England and Wales, it must be served with 14 days of the infraction. Discussed in this case, and of considerable interest, is the hypothesis that a full-face helmet for a motorcyclist may be potentially more dangerous in a crash, due the increased weight, inertia and pendulum effect result in an increased risk of fatal basal skull ring fractures.