Specialist barristers

Andreá Risoli

For motorcycling accidents, DAS Law regularly instructs Andreá Risoli, a barrister and member of Old Square Chambers in London.

His practice is in catastrophic personal injury and fatal accidents, and he has over 20 years’ experience representing clients who have suffered serious and catastrophic injuries as a result of motorcycling and car accidents.

Andreá rides a Suzuki GSXR an draws from his own experience and perspective to inform his approach to taking on motorcycling cases.

Andreá Risoli"Anyone who has ever ridden a motorcycle, or been a pillion passenger upon one, should know the unique experience that the machine affords and how very different it is to car driving. It is probably not unfair to say that it is likely very difficult for a car driver to always appreciate the perspective of a biker and the nature of motorcycling.

The differences and conflicts between car drivers and biker can be problematic; we are seeing the same issue with cyclists (whose numbers on UK roads are increasing dramatically), who also view themselves as a unique group of road users.

But the biker is properly unique; whilst most bikers know what it means to drive a car or ride a bicycle, most car drivers and cyclists have no experience of commuting by motorcycle. So unfortunately there can be difficult stereotypes, misunderstood clichés, ideas and images of bikers that can constitute difficult hurdles when trying to prove fault in an accident scenario. Car drivers don’t ordinarily face those prejudices.

It’s not difficult to immediately think of a few examples. Filtering to pass slow or stationary traffic is not unlawful, nor is it inherently dangerous when done properly. But the car driver who pulls out from the queue without making their observations is potentially lethal.

Andreá fights until the job is done to the highest possible standard, is very knowledgeable and has a personable style and has a can-do attitude.

Legal 500

It’s not right to say that the volume of a motorcycle’s exhaust is relative to the machine’s speed; not only is that usually a manufacturer’s design choice but, often, a biker will keep his revs high using lower gears and pulling the clutch in just so as to use the exhaust note to alert car drivers of his presence.

In the same way, a sports exhaust or small number plate or race replica livery (like my own GSXR600) does not mean the biker is a road hooligan any more than riding a Harley means you’re a Hell’s Angel.

Nor does accelerating away from a junction or traffic light (quicker than the neighbouring car) mean that the speed limit for the road is being broken; almost all motorbikes will pull away quicker than all cars, and they also stop quicker.

This means that biker stereotypes can pose initial hurdles to evidence gathering and interpretation and understanding of witness evidence as well as the police’s documenting of the accident which will be based in part upon that evidence.

So, where a legal team works hard to get to the point of establishing who has broken which rule of the road, who has been negligent and who is at fault, it is crucially important to have a proper understanding of just what it means, and what it feels like, to ride a motorbike, to know that sense of freedom and passion and to understand the true rider nature of bikers."

[Andreá] provides very coherent advice, often with a creative angle to it... he is tremendously well prepared and fights very hard.

Chambers and Partners

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