In 2011, 362 motorcycle users were killed on the UK’s roads. This was a decrease of 10 per cent compared to figures for 2010. However, the number of motorcycle users who were seriously injured rose by 10 per cent to 5,247. The most frequent cause of accidents involving vehicles other than motorcyclists is the driver failing to look properly. For motorcyclists, the most common cause of accidents is either losing control of their vehicle or the other driver not looking properly before carrying out a manoeuvre.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you can claim compensation. All claims are different and Accident Advice Helpline treat each case according to the requirements of the claimant. At the start of the claim, the circumstances of the accident will be investigated to determine who was at fault. Accident Advice Helpline will also be able to discuss any issues that need immediate attention. Medical records will be required and depending on the seriousness of the injury, there may be a need for repeated medical examinations.
The amount of compensation awarded will depend on the seriousness of the accident. The aim is to restore you to the position that you would have been in before the accident. However, when severe injuries have been sustained, this will not be possible and compensation will be discussed. Throughout the duration of the claim, you must keep records of all expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident. Witness statements may be taken to support the claim. Non-medical experts may also be required such as physiotherapists, care nurses and occupational therapists.
If an offer of settlement is received, this will be discussed with you; if a settlement cannot be agreed, court action will be necessary. It may take a number of years to establish the value of the claim, but court proceedings will decide who was at fault for the accident. An interim damages payment may be paid. It should be noted that even if the claim is settled, if there is a serious deterioration in your condition in the future, it may be possible to return to court to claim further damages; this is known as provisional damages. Damages may also be paid periodically to ensure that you do not run out of money in the future.
The process for a motor vehicle accident claim is similar. It is not only the drivers of motor vehicles who may claim for injuries sustained; passengers may also claim. In order to make a claim you must whilst at the site of the accident take the names and addresses of the drivers of the other vehicles, as well as the numbers, makes and models of the vehicles involved. Also, you should take the driver’s insurance details, as a claim will be made on their insurance. If possible, try to take a photograph of the scene as this will help with establishing what happened. Details of witnesses should be taken and the insurance companies should be notified as soon as possible as well as the police if need be.Open Claim Calculator
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