Diesel spills are among the most common causes of motorcycling accidents. While drivers of four-wheeled vehicles may also lose control when suddenly faced with a large spill of diesel, motorcyclists are far more likely to end up being injured in a road traffic accident caused by such a spill.
Keeping a motorbike upright can be difficult at the best of times. Retaining both balance and control of a bike when one of only two wheels unexpectedly hits a diesel spill is almost impossible.
Causes of spills
More often than not, diesel spills are the result of drivers either deliberately over-filling their tanks or failing to secure their fuel tanks properly after filling up. Under normal circumstances, a motorcyclist injured in a road accident caused by the negligence or deliberate actions of another road user would be entitled to claim for motorcycling injury compensation.
Identifying responsible parties
Unfortunately, in many cases the person responsible for a diesel spill accident can not be traced. This does not mean, however, that a rider injured by such an accident is unable to claim for compensation. Claims for injury compensation after accidents involving untraced or uninjured drivers can be made through the MIB.
This organisation (Motor Insurance Bureau) was set up to enable members of the public injured in vehicle accidents involving uninsured or untraced drivers (including victims of diesel spill related accidents) to claim passenger or driver injury compensation.
In order to be awarded compensation by the MIB following a diesel spill traffic accident, three conditions have to be met. The first of these conditions is the usual three year limit within which the motoring accident must have occurred. Condition number two is that someone else must have been responsible for the car or motorbike accident.
Balance of probabilities
The third condition is that the injured motorcyclist has to show on the balance, over 50 per cent, of probabilities that an untraced road user was responsible for the diesel spill being on the road and causing the car or motor biking accident.
Making a diesel spill injury compensation claim does not have to be as daunting as it sounds. With years of experience in conducting motoring accident claims, Accident Advice Helpline solicitors have all the necessary skills and knowledge to bring your claim to a successful conclusion.
Give our Freephone helpline a call now on 0800 689 0500, to get your claim started.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice