There’s no doubt about it: riding a motorcycle is far more dangerous than driving a car or other large vehicle. Although motorcycles account for only 1% of traffic on the roads, they account for 19% of all traffic accident deaths.
It’s easy to see why this is; while motorcycles travel just as fast as any other vehicle, they offer their riders little to no protection against collisions or falls. While other drivers are protected with seat-belts and airbags, motorcyclists bear most of the brunt of any accident on their own body.
Who is to blame for most motorcycle accidents?
Although drivers of other motor vehicles are often to blame for failing to notice a motorcyclist or failing to give them enough space, motorcyclists themselves are often to blame for accidents by failing to ride defensively.
Motorcyclists should always be aware of their own vulnerability and remember that other vehicles can behave erratically. They also have a responsibility to keep themselves as safe as possible by wearing protective gear and a helmet that fits properly.
Insurance companies and the police have various methods of establishing blame. They will firstly consider whether both drivers were obeying all traffic laws at the time of the accident. If either driver has broken a law, he or she is likely to be at fault. They will also consider the condition of both vehicles.
Both drivers have a responsibility to ensure that their vehicles are fit to drive and must take weather conditions into account. If necessary, they will also consult CCTV footage and witness testimony.
Claiming personal injury compensation for a motorcycle accident injury
If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is a legal provision which exists to compensate the victims of others’ negligence, both for their pain and suffering, and also for any financial losses that may result from the accident.
To find out more about the claims process, call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to discuss your personal situation in detail and explain what evidence would be necessary to establish blame. They will only advise you to proceed with a claim if they believe it will be successful.
If you choose to go ahead, it will be on a no win no fee basis, and usually entirely over the telephone. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which has specialised in personal injury compensation for many years.