Arthur Davidson, one of the founders of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company, has links with Brechin in Scotland. When he and his friend William Harley, started producing their motorbikes, they would not have envisaged just how many riders would get a whiplash injury in Brechin due to a motorbike accident that was not their own fault.
A whiplash injury in Brechin from a motorbike fall
There are many reasons why motorbike riders may come off their bikes, and because of the lack of protection a motorbike provides, some of them sustain much more serious injuries than a whiplash injury in Brechin, such things as:
- Head and brain injuries – their helmets reduce the risk of this by 50%, but still 80% of rider deaths are from brain injuries.
- Burns – a motorbike engine is very hot and is exposed. If the bike falls on a rider in an accident, the engine can very easily cause them some nasty burns.
- Bikers arm – this is where the bike falls onto the rider and crushes their arm.
- Road rash – if they are wearing leather this will help protect them from the skin and flesh being torn from their body and limbs.
- Broken bones – they are a very common injury in all road traffic accidents.
- Facial injuries – if the rider wears a full face helmet, this is less likely to happen, but for those who do not, injuries to the face can be horrendous.
- Back and spine injuries – this is another common injury for riders, as they are often thrown from their bike in an accident.
- Fatal injuries – there are over one million motorbikes registered to ride on our roads, about 2% of the total traffic. They are involved in 20% of road traffic accidents, and 40 times more likely to die in one than a car driver.
There are many other injuries that happen to motorbike riders, a whiplash injury in Brechin being just one of them.
The rights of the biker if the accident was not their fault
In many cases, it is assumed that the biker must have been at fault when they are in an accident, but in reality, the opposite is true. Generally, motorbike riders are much more aware than other road users, awareness being part of the training they receive before taking the motorbike test.
For car drivers who admit fault for an accident with a motorbike, or bicycle, the most common reason given is that they did not see the rider until it was too late to stop.
Whatever the reason for the motorbike accident you were injured in, if the accident was the fault of someone else, you have a legal right to compensation, from whoever caused the accident.
To exercise this right and make a personal injury claim, if you contact Accident Advice Helpline you will find that your claim will be simple and efficient, not causing any extra stress for you. And as we work on a no-win, no-fee basis, you also do not need to worry about financing your claim.
Call Accident Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 – calls are free. You can also call from your mobile on 0333 500 0993, although your network provider may charge you for the call.
Date Published: 12th July 2014