Motorbikes are inherently more dangerous than cars and other vehicles for several reasons, the main one being that you have less to protect you when you’re riding a motorbike than you do when in another, larger vehicle. Car and van drivers often don’t see bikes, which can easily lead to accidents, and if you have been injured, you could claim personal injury compensation with Accident Advice Helpline, provided it has been three years or less since your accident. But what are the most common causes of motorbike accidents?
How were you injured in a motorbike accident?
Common causes of motorbike accidents that we have handled claims for over the years include:
- Drivers failing to look for motorcyclists, leading to them being knocked off their bikes (common at junctions)
- Other drivers speeding and hitting motorcyclists
- Unsafe road conditions, such as an oil spill on the road, debris or a damaged road surface
- Pedestrians stepping out in front of bikes
- Being hit by another vehicle whilst attempting to overtake
- Faulty bikes – for example if you hire a bike which is not safe for use on the road
- Being hit by a distracted driver who is on their mobile phone
- Other cars tailgating you
Even a small bump from another vehicle whilst riding a bike could cause an accident and serious injuries, as you’re less protected on a bike than when you are in a car or larger vehicle. Common injuries sustained by motorcyclists include graze and lacerations, facial and head injuries, broken bones and crush injuries. In some cases, serious lacerations and grazes may require surgery such as skin grafts, and there could be permanent scarring, which will affect your quality of life.
Claiming compensation for motorbike accidents
If you’ve been injured due to one of the common causes of motorbike accidents, then you could make a claim for personal injury compensation. Accident Advice Helpline’s personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so you can afford to make a claim no matter what your circumstances. Whether you’ve suffered minor or serious injuries, or somebody you love has been injured in a motorbike accident, you can call us on 0800 689 0500 for confidential, no-obligation advice and to find out if you have a viable claim. You can even head for our website to take the 30-second test right now and find out how much compensation you could claim.
Date Published: May 13, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton