Personal Injury Claims for Motorcyclists
Owning a motorbike is something that many people across the UK choose to do, whether it’s for the practicalities of quick, easy and more affordable travel to and from work or purely for the love of going for a spin in your spare time. But for responsible and safe motorbike owners, just like with owning a car, there is always the possibility that other road users could cause an accident, resulting in ongoing or long-term physical, psychological and financial consequences for you.
Our experienced motorbike accident claims solicitors are here to provide professional advice, guidance and support to help you get the compensation that you are entitled to.
Motorbike Accidents in the UK
Aside from pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders who aren’t actually operating vehicles, those who use scooters and motorbikes are the most vulnerable road users in the UK. In 2020 alone there were 13,288 motorcyclists injured in road traffic related incidents with 282 losing their lives on UK roads.
There are a number of different ways that motorbike accidents most commonly occur including;
- Failure to negotiate bends which accounts for around 9% off all motorbike accidents.
- Poor road conditions including the weather and road surface issues such as mud, gravel and debris.
- Low side accidents from the bike sliding and losing control on wet surfaces or spillages.
- High side accidents that send the bike flipping over and the rider over the handlebars typically caused by vehicles pulling out at side roads and round abouts in front of the oncoming biker or suddenly turning when they are overtaking.
Have You Had a Motorcycle Accident?
If you have been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, then you could have strong grounds to make a motorbike accident injury claim for compensation. Our specialists offer a free 30-minute online consultation in which they can talk through your case with you to determine the claim potential and provide expert guidance and advice on how best to proceed.
Using an experienced, professional solicitor service not only helps to greatly reduce the stress of claiming but makes the process much more efficient, reduces delays in receiving settlements and ensures that you get the maximum motorbike compensation that you are entitled to.
What Type of Accidents You Can Claim For
There are a number of different types of motorcycle accidents that can be successfully claimed for including those for injuries as a result of;
- Poor Road Surfaces
This includes damage to your property (motorbike) or injury to yourself as a result of poorly maintained road surfaces and issues such as potholes.
- Negligent Drivers
If your accident was the fault of another driver who has collided with your motorcycle as a result of their failure to correctly follow the highway code then you could make a claim for compensation.
- Uninsured Motorists or Hit and Runs
Unfortunately, there are estimated to be around 1 million uninsured drivers on the road which means that there is always a chance that you could be involved in an accident with one. However, just because a driver is uninsured or untraceable after fleeing the scene does not mean that you cannot claim as it can still be possible to pursue through the MIB (Motor Insurers Bureau).
- Defective Motorbikes or Equipment
If you suffered an injury as a result of a defective motorcycle that caused an accident then it could be possible to prove that the machine was at fault and that the manufacturer is therefore liable. If there are injuries sustained due to a defective helmet or protective clothing then this too could be potentially proven and claimed for.
How Much Compensation Could I Be Entitled To?
Every case is completely unique with different people, vehicles, roads, conditions and variables that make it difficult to determine early on just how much compensation you could potentially receive.
At Sarah Waddington Solicitors we do not work on the basis of false promises and unrealistic claim values that are very unlikely to be achieved but rather the promise to provide a dedicated service that works to maximise your compensation reward.
Some of the different aspects of a compensation claim can include;
- General Damages which cover compensation for pain and suffering.
- Special Damages that include reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses that you incurred as a result of your accident including loss of earnings, cost of medications and private treatment.
- Future Damages are not always possible to claim for but can be in cases where the claimant has a prognosis stating ongoing medical needs, procedures or care.
How Can I Make a Claim?
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and believe that you could have grounds to make a motorbike accident compensation claim, then at Sarah Waddington Solicitors our team are on hand to help. Get in touch today to book a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your case with one of our experts.