Filtering motorcycle

Filtering is perfectly legal...

Andy was making his way home from work during rush hour on his Triumph Rocket motorcycle when he came upon queueing traffic on the A713, Dalmellington Road, Ayr. However, able to still make safe progress, Andy began filtering past the stationary traffic.

As he was doing so, a driver up ahead had grown tired of waiting in the queue and, without paying any particular attention to traffic behind, performed a U-turn right in front of Andy.

Andy had no opportunity to avoid a collision. He was thrown from his machine sustaining a head injury, rib fractures and extensive soft tissue injuries. He was also left badly shaken by his experience and had to take two months off work due to his injuries.


Andy Seaton and motorcycle

Rule 160 of the Highway Code.

The driver held his hands up for his mistake and his insurers admitted liability. However, that was little comfort to Andy who had to go through the slow and painful progress of recovery.

Filtering is a means to make safe progress in slow moving or stationary traffic. Andy’s speed was low, he was there to be seen but the driver didn’t look.

Rule 160 of the Highway Code advises drivers to be aware of other road users, especially cyclists and motorcyclists who may be filtering through traffic

As a firm of motorcycle-riding personal injury solicitors, we are passionate about making our roads a safer place for motorcyclists.

We have launched our #takeanotherlook campaign to encourage drivers to look out for motorcyclists. Andy would have made it home safely if only the driver had only looked in his mirrors before executing a U-turn.

We intimated a claim to the driver’s insurance company and liability was firmly denied with the insurers commenting that Ian was in breach of the Highway Code and, in particular, Rule 167 which states that you should not overtake on approach to a junction.

Our Award Winning Team

Brenda Mitchell - Senior Partner

Brenda Mitchell

Senior Partner

Brenda has been a Personal Injury Lawyer for over 35 years and for the last 20 years has specialised representing injured motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Jodi Gordon - Partner

Jodi Gordon


Jodi has predominantly represented cyclists involved in road traffic collisions and specialises in assisting those who have suffered very serious and complex injury.

Thomas Mitchell - Associate

Thomas Mitchell


Thomas represents clients who have been involved in road traffic incidents and he specialises in representing vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

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