Motorcyclists are more likely to suffer a road traffic accident than many other road users. One of the key reasons for this is that both the rider and the motorcycle are much less easy to see than a car, van or truck. For example, a car driver pulls out of a junction without paying due care and attention and fails to see the motorcyclist who has right of way. The likely outcome is that the motorcyclist will be knocked off his or her bike. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can help determine whether you have a valid motorcycle claim or not.
Unfortunately injuries suffered by motorcyclists tend to be quite serious, because the rider is not protected by the shell of a vehicle, safety belt and airbag. All he or she has is a helmet, gloves and protective clothing, which means that the rider is likely to receive broken bones or soft tissue injuries. In serious cases, even a helmet does not always protect against head injuries.
Hopefully, you will never been involved in an accident or suffer injury, but if you do the consequences can be serious. They can lead to you not being able to earn a living, either in the short or long term. In the most serious accidents the injuries may be life changing. No matter what the extent of your injuries you may be entitled to put in a motorbike injury claim.
Who can put in a compensation claim?
You can make a claim for compensation following a motorcycle accident if you were the innocent party. That means you were in no way responsible for causing the accident and that it was the fault of another motorist. In order for a successful outcome to be achieved it will be necessary to provide evidence to prove that someone else was to blame.
Proof that you were the innocent party can be gained from any witnesses to the accident. In an accident that involves injury the police will investigate and a report will be produced. This is a crucial piece of evidence. You should be sure to check if there is any CCTV footage of the accident, as this can also provide important evidence. If you have your own camera phone and are fit to do so, take pictures of the other driver’s vehicle, any road signs and the condition of the road.
What to do following the accident
Depending on your injuries, you may be taken straight to hospital immediately after the accident. If you are well enough to walk away you are still advised to see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you feel OK. This is not only for your own well being; the doctor’s medical report will be an important element in your claim. It could play a crucial part in the award of any compensation and the amount you will be offered.
Even if the other motorist admits liability, try to start the process of making your motorbike injury claim as soon as is practically possible.
Seek specialist legal assistance
At times like this you will need all the help you can get and our specialist claims solicitors will be able to advise and assist you with your claim. Not only do we provide first rate representation we also offer a no win, no fee* service, so you will not be out of pocket, even if you lose your claim.
Date Published: September 24, 2013
Author: David Brown