Although motorbikes make up only 1% of overall traffic in the UK, 19% of all fatal crashes involve them.
The reasons for this are obvious: modern bikes often combine powerful engines and low weight with relatively thin tyres. They can accelerate as quickly as a Formula 1 car and above all, they are often bought by riders who are dangerously out of practice.
When things go wrong, the injuries sustained by the rider are often much more serious than those in equivalent car crashes.
Bike crash claim
If you have been injured in a crash that was not your fault whilst out and about on your motorbike, then you may wish to think about pursuing a bike accident claim.
It is essential that bikers give themselves the best possible chance of getting home safely. On top of the obvious things like taking biking refresher courses, if you’ve have been out of the saddle for a while, get yourself some decent safety gear.
The crash helmet is the most obvious. By law, all motorcycle riders and pillion passengers must wear a crash helmet.
Your helmet must meet British Standard 6658:1985 and be fastened properly at all times. It must fit snugly: if it rattles around on your head, it’s not going to work properly when you need it to.
Avoid needing to make a bike accident claim for serious injuries, especially to the brain, by changing your helmet every four or five years. After any longer the protective, absorbent layer under the skin starts to degrade and become less effective. Cutting costs when buying a helmet means you’re also cutting your chances of survival if you crash. A famous ad campaign for Bell crash helmets, ‘A $10 helmet is fine if you have a $10 head,’ says it all.
By law, you don’t actually have to wear body protection but if you don’t, you run the risk of being much more likely to need to make a bike accident claim if something goes wrong. Jeans and a T-shirt won’t do much to protect you if you come off your bike at 70mph. A decent set of leathers or ‘Gore-tex’ clothing might not be cheap, but will last many years.
Bike accident compensation
If you’re unfortunate enough to be injured and you want to make a bike accident claim, the accident must have happened within the last three years and not have been your fault. If you are partly responsible for your injuries, your award will be smaller. This is called ‘contributory negligence.’ This is why it’s so important to wear the right gear and ride safely.
Accident Advice Helpline for your bike accident claim
If you want to find out more about making a claim, then chat to the experts at Accident Advice Helpline today. Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to chat to a member of our team.
Date Published: 19th January 2012
Author: Louise Thacker