IAM: "One-third of accidents involve SMIDSY's"

MCE Insurance

According to survey data from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), over the past 6 months 69% of motorcyclists were 'cut-up' by another road user, and 86% experienced a near-miss in which they were forced to take evasive action.

The notorious 'SMIDSY' excuse - "Sorry mate I didn't see you" - or failure to look, as it's properly categorised, is a contributory factor in 29% of serious collisions and 36% of slight accidents, according to IAM research.

The survey found that 73% of motorcyclists cited the driver not paying enough attention as one of the main factors for incidents of this type; 43% were involved in a near-miss up to two times; 56% had experienced a near miss with a cyclist. What's more, 83% of drivers said that these incidents would decrease by improving drivers awareness of motorcyclists.

IAM Chief Executive Simon Best said: "SMIDSY moments are happening far too often, and very few people are prepared to take responsibility for their part in them." For more information visit

19.03.2012 - MCE Insurance

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