Motorcycle Accident Claims
Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable road users in the UK. According to Brake the road safety charity, those travelling on two wheels – be it a motorcycle, pedal bike, moped or electric scooter, are 63 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a road traffic accident than car drivers.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, TRUE Solicitors LLP can help you to make a claim. Our expert motorbike claims solicitors will fight to get you the justice, rehabilitation and financial compensation that you deserve. We will handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Contact us today for a free, initial assessment of your claim. Submit your details below or call us on 0344 854 7000.
What should I do if I have been involved in a motorcycle accident?
1. Seek medical attention:
The first thing that you should do if you have been involved in an accident is to seek medical attention. Injuries sustained tend to be more serious in their nature due to the lack of protection on a motorcycle compared to the occupant of vehicle who is secured by a seat belt, protected by airbags and the frame of the car.
The hospital will not only identify and treat visible and internal injuries but will also record details of the injuries in your medical records, which can be used as evidence when making a claim.
2. Collect evidence:
It is important to take down the contact and license details of the other motorists involved in the accident, including the contact details for any witnesses.
If possible take photos of the scene of the accident or ask any witnesses to send their photos onto you; photos should show the registration number of all the vehicles involved. Photographs and witness statements can act as vital evidence should you decide to seek motorcycle accident compensation in the future.
3. Report the accident:
Under the Road Traffic Act 1988 you are legally required to report motorbike accidents to the police within 24 hours, if injury is caused to another person. The police report will also be used as evidence in your personal injury claim to prove that the accident was not your fault.
4. Seek legal advice & Inform your insurance company:
Contact a solicitor that handles motorcycle accident claims at your earliest convenience. They will be able to ensure that you get the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to, along with organising a replacement hire bike, an independent medical assessment and rehabilitation.
You should also inform your insurer as failure to do so may invalidate your policy.
What are common causes of motorcycle accidents?
It will come as no surprise to motorcyclists to learn that 69% of all accidents involving motorcyclists took place at a junction and that in almost 80% of cases the other vehicle involved was a car. Less of surprise will be the fact that most accidents caused by car drivers were due to the car driver failing to look properly.
The most common reasons why motorcycle accidents occur include:
- Oil spillages on the road
- Hit and run collisions
- Opening car doors
- Potholes in the road
- Car drivers filtering
- Exiting junctions
What are common injuries caused by motorcycle accidents?
The injuries sustained due to motorbike accident can be extremely serious due to the exposure of riders on the road. Common injuries include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Serious head and brain injuries
- Back and Spinal injuries
- Fatal injuries
We have lawyers who are experienced in handling all types of bike accident claims; from straightforward cases where liability is admitted and the injury is minor, to cases where liability is contested and where the injuries are serious, catastrophic or even fatal.
What can I claim compensation for?
Whatever the circumstances of your accident we have the expertise and experience to ensure you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses. This could include:
- Current and future loss of earnings.
- Pain and suffering.
- Medical expenses such as prescription charges and rehabilitation.
- Full compensation for your injuries, including the effect the injuries had on your life and on your family.
- Any travel costs such as attending rehabilitation and medical appointments etc.
- Reduced life expectancy.
- Ongoing and future care and support needs.
Can you help with rehabilitation after a motorcycle accident?
As part of the claims process we will arrange for you to attend an independent medical examination to assess the impact of your injuries. The medical expert will give their opinion on how long your injuries will take to heal and what rehabilitation is needed to aid your recovery. This could include a course of physiotherapy.
Can I get a replacement hire bike?
If your bike has been written off in the accident or needs repair work we can arrange for you to get a replacement hire bike. In the majority of cases you will be able to keep the bike until 7 days after you receive your settlement cheque, or until your own bike has been repaired and returned to you.
If you are a delivery driver or courier who uses their bike for work, it is even possible for us to arrange a specific delivery bike as your hire vehicle if required.
How much will my claim be worth?
The amount of compensation that you may receive is dependent upon the individual circumstances of your case. The amount will depend on factors such as:
- The severity of your injuries and future health complications
- Your ongoing and future care and support needs
- Your current and future loss of earnings
- How your quality of life will be affected by the impact of the accident
To get an idea of the level of compensation that you could receive for any physical injuries that you have suffered please use our compensation calculator below:
Who pays compensation for a motorcycle accident?
Any compensation settlement will be paid from the defendants’ insurance company. If the collision involves an uninsured driver, a hit and run, or an untraceable driver the claim will be made through the Motor Insurance Bureau.
A claim against the MIB is similar to a claim against the insurance company of an insured driver in that compensation will only be paid where the other driver was at fault for the accident and, only then, where your injuries and losses are supported by evidence.
Is there a time limit for making a claim?
You have up to three years from the date of the motorbike accident to make a claim. It is advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible, whilst the information and circumstances around the misdiagnosis are fresh to mind.
If you would like to pursue a claim on behalf of a loved one who has sadly passed away, due to the injuries sustained from the accident you can make a claim within three years of the date of death.
Why choose us to handle your claim?
True Solicitors LLP are experienced in handling personal injury claims. We have fought and won motorcycle accident claims where excessive speed is alleged, and in circumstances where the accident occurred whilst the motorcyclist was filtering between lanes.
We will not only be able to obtain financial compensation for you but will also provide you with access to medical experts, such as physiotherapists, to aid in your recovery.
If you have been injured in an accident whilst riding a motorcycle or whilst travelling as a pillion passenger, contact TRUE Solicitors LLP now on 0344 854 7000 for free, impartial advice on motorcycle accident claims. Alternatively, you can email us at email@example.com
Our ‘No Win, No Fee’ service gives our clients peace of mind.