Foot-and-mouth precautions have caused an influx of motorcycle claims, says Carole Nash Insurance Consultants.

The Claims Service, the firm's uninsured loss recovery division, is investigating several claims by motorcyclists who have had accidents caused by the disinfectant-doused straw laid down on country roads.

Manager Dave Bowcock said the Claims Service was now trying to establish liability. “These are difficult cases because there are a number of factors to be taken into account, including who placed the disinfectant bails and under what authority, whether they presented a clear obstruction, whether warning signs were posted and whether there was any element of rider error at play,” he said.