Horwich motorcyclist 'paid dear price for minor misjudgement' in Cumbria death crash

Ian Broughton

Ian Broughton

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A MOTORCYCLIST killed while driving on the wrong side of the road was “misled” by a dip in the road — causing him to think the highway ahead was clear.

Ian Broughton suffered fatal head injuries in the incident on the A684 between Sedbergh and Garsdale in March.

The bike belonging to the Horwich father of two was smashed in three by a crash on a double bend with a Volkswagen Tiguan, an inquest heard.

Sedbergh resident Kevin Seaward, who was driving the car, told the inquest: “We came to the first corner and saw a motorbike on the wrong side of the road.

“He just wobbled and dropped the bike and that was it. He saw us and he wobbled. He knew he had no chance.”

The incident took place during the afternoon of March 30 — a clear, sunny day.

Mr Broughton, aged 52, had been following a regular route with a friend of almost 30 years, Jeffrey Parker, and the pair had previously stopped in Settle before deciding to head home.

Although Mr Broughton’s bike had several faults and had been declared “off the road” by the DVLA and he did not hold a valid MOT certificate, the inquest in Kendal heard these had no bearing on the crash.

The crash happened about 50 metres away from a dip in the road, which may have been “hiding” the Volkswagen, prompting Mr Broughton to accelerate as he got closer.

Mr Seaward said: “He got launched completely over the road, two feet into a grass verge, as if he’d just pulled in and parked up.

“The bike went straight underneath us and ended up at the back of the vehicle.”

Coroner Ian Smith said Mr Broughton had suffered injuries “too distressing” for the court to hear.

He said Mr Broughton had paid a “dear price for a minor misjudgement”.

He added: “He was in the wrong place at the wrong time from the point of view of seeing the Volkswagen.

“He didn’t see it and, on the assumption the road was clear, he made his manoeuvre.”

The coroner concluded that Mr Broughton had died in a road vehicle collision.

“He made a minor misjudgement and paid with his life for that minor misjudgement,” he added.

At the time of his death, Mr Broughton's family paid tribute to him as a loving father, son, brother, uncle and partner.

They said he enjoyed going to the Isle of Man TT races and he had a lifelong interest in music and attending concerts, which he shared with his daughters, Kellie and Rebecca.

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3:34pm Thu 28 Aug 14

keithyno.1 says...

"Although Mr Broughton’s bike had several faults and had been declared “off the road” by the DVLA and he did not hold a valid MOT certificate, the inquest in Kendal heard these had no bearing on the crash."

If the bike had been declared 'off the road' I presume Mr Broughton had made a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) to DVLA. You can make a SORN if you don’t use or keep your vehicle/bike on a public road (eg you keep it in a garage, on a drive or on private land). You don’t have to buy a tax disc if you have a SORN.

So, assuming the bike didn't have a tax disc and as reported, no valid MOT certificate, I cannot see why these facts "had no bearing on the crash."

Surely Mr Broughton shouldn't have been on the bike out on the open road to start with? In other words, he was breaking the law riding a bike without valid tax disc and MOT certificate. If he hadn't been breaking the law by not being out on the bike then the crash would NOT have happened.

I'm sorry, but this seems to me to be symptomatic of the modern trend that for every tragedy or awful event, somebody ELSE must be to blame...it's never the fault of the individual involved. Why did the coroner shy away from the inevitable conclusion that Mr Broughton was riding an unroadworthy machine which should not have been on a public road in the first place?
"Although Mr Broughton’s bike had several faults and had been declared “off the road” by the DVLA and he did not hold a valid MOT certificate, the inquest in Kendal heard these had no bearing on the crash." If the bike had been declared 'off the road' I presume Mr Broughton had made a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) to DVLA. You can make a SORN if you don’t use or keep your vehicle/bike on a public road (eg you keep it in a garage, on a drive or on private land). You don’t have to buy a tax disc if you have a SORN. So, assuming the bike didn't have a tax disc and as reported, no valid MOT certificate, I cannot see why these facts "had no bearing on the crash." Surely Mr Broughton shouldn't have been on the bike out on the open road to start with? In other words, he was breaking the law riding a bike without valid tax disc and MOT certificate. If he hadn't been breaking the law by not being out on the bike then the crash would NOT have happened. I'm sorry, but this seems to me to be symptomatic of the modern trend that for every tragedy or awful event, somebody ELSE must be to blame...it's never the fault of the individual involved. Why did the coroner shy away from the inevitable conclusion that Mr Broughton was riding an unroadworthy machine which should not have been on a public road in the first place? keithyno.1
  • Score: 10

6:10pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Donkey Stone says...

keithyno.1 wrote:
"Although Mr Broughton’s bike had several faults and had been declared “off the road” by the DVLA and he did not hold a valid MOT certificate, the inquest in Kendal heard these had no bearing on the crash."

If the bike had been declared 'off the road' I presume Mr Broughton had made a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) to DVLA. You can make a SORN if you don’t use or keep your vehicle/bike on a public road (eg you keep it in a garage, on a drive or on private land). You don’t have to buy a tax disc if you have a SORN.

So, assuming the bike didn't have a tax disc and as reported, no valid MOT certificate, I cannot see why these facts "had no bearing on the crash."

Surely Mr Broughton shouldn't have been on the bike out on the open road to start with? In other words, he was breaking the law riding a bike without valid tax disc and MOT certificate. If he hadn't been breaking the law by not being out on the bike then the crash would NOT have happened.

I'm sorry, but this seems to me to be symptomatic of the modern trend that for every tragedy or awful event, somebody ELSE must be to blame...it's never the fault of the individual involved. Why did the coroner shy away from the inevitable conclusion that Mr Broughton was riding an unroadworthy machine which should not have been on a public road in the first place?
Although the outcome was tragic, I feel I have to agree with you.
[quote][p][bold]keithyno.1[/bold] wrote: "Although Mr Broughton’s bike had several faults and had been declared “off the road” by the DVLA and he did not hold a valid MOT certificate, the inquest in Kendal heard these had no bearing on the crash." If the bike had been declared 'off the road' I presume Mr Broughton had made a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) to DVLA. You can make a SORN if you don’t use or keep your vehicle/bike on a public road (eg you keep it in a garage, on a drive or on private land). You don’t have to buy a tax disc if you have a SORN. So, assuming the bike didn't have a tax disc and as reported, no valid MOT certificate, I cannot see why these facts "had no bearing on the crash." Surely Mr Broughton shouldn't have been on the bike out on the open road to start with? In other words, he was breaking the law riding a bike without valid tax disc and MOT certificate. If he hadn't been breaking the law by not being out on the bike then the crash would NOT have happened. I'm sorry, but this seems to me to be symptomatic of the modern trend that for every tragedy or awful event, somebody ELSE must be to blame...it's never the fault of the individual involved. Why did the coroner shy away from the inevitable conclusion that Mr Broughton was riding an unroadworthy machine which should not have been on a public road in the first place?[/p][/quote]Although the outcome was tragic, I feel I have to agree with you. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 7

11:35pm Thu 28 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

How many 4x4s are on our roads being driven by folk with no insurance.....scary
How many 4x4s are on our roads being driven by folk with no insurance.....scary artistpaint
  • Score: -2

11:37pm Thu 28 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

Not as scary as these truck drivers you see using mobys whilst using roundabouts thou....
Not as scary as these truck drivers you see using mobys whilst using roundabouts thou.... artistpaint
  • Score: -1

12:37am Fri 29 Aug 14

ccjone says...

Sad ending but he bore responsibility for his demise and thankfully no other person suffered as a result of his selfishness, no MOT, SORN, -it's the likes of him that ensure law abiding motorists' insurance premiums are soaring!
Sad ending but he bore responsibility for his demise and thankfully no other person suffered as a result of his selfishness, no MOT, SORN, -it's the likes of him that ensure law abiding motorists' insurance premiums are soaring! ccjone
  • Score: 3
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