A whiplash injury Ashkirk is one of the injuries very easily sustained in a motorbike accident and it often happens when the rider is thrown from his/her bike. This can be caused by a pothole in the road or another vehicle running into them, but no matter how it happened, if it was the fault of someone else the motorbike rider can claim compensation.
Motorbike riders are offered very little protection by the bikes they ride and so when they are in an accident their injuries tend to be of a serious nature. In fact, there are many bike riders who would have been very happy if they had sustained a whiplash injury in Ashkirk, rather than some of the other nasty injuries that have happened to them.
2% of traffic – 20% of accidents – not good news
There are just over a million motorbikes registered for riding in the UK making them about 2% of the traffic. Unfortunately they are involved in 20% of accidents – many of them being the fault of someone else.
About half of motorbike accidents are cause by potholes or bad road surfaces and the rest by other vehicles. When another vehicle driver admits they were at fault, the most common reason cited for the accident is that they did not see the rider until it was too late to stop.
If this other vehicle happens to be a bus, a coach, a lorry or an HGV, the motorbike rider will be very lucky to survive.
It is illegal for motorbike riders not to wear a helmet and they do reduce the risk of serious head injuries by 50%. However, it needs to well fitting and of good quality to do its job properly, and bikers should beware of the flood of cheap fakes on the market, as these will offer very little, if any, protection at all.
They should also avoid buying a used helmet. You cannot vouch for the history of a used helmet and if it has been dropped, its integrity can be compromised and it will not give the protection it should.
In spite of the risk of head injuries being reduced by wearing a helmet, 80% of motorbike riders’ deaths are from head injuries, and they are 40 times more likely to die in an accident than a car driver.
Claiming compensation for a whiplash injury in Ashkirk
If you need to claim compensation for a whiplash injury in Ashkirk, it does not matter how it happened as long as it was the fault of someone else. Contacting Accident Advice Helpline is the best way to make your claim and to give your claim its best chance of success.
We can give you an estimate of the amount you could be awarded if you complete the 30-second test on our website. Or you can call our freephone helpline on 0800 180 4123 and speak to one of our friendly and helpful advisors.
Date Published: 10th July 2014