Anyone who takes a motorcycle out on the road is at a higher risk, as motorcyclists are likely to develop more serious injuries than those in cars, following a collision.
Accidents involving bike riders are quite widespread. Road safety body THINK! revealed motorcyclists are around 38 times more likely to be killed in road traffic accidents than car drivers. It also stated 331 motorcyclists were involved in fatal accidents in 2013, while 4,866 were seriously injured. The encouraging news is that the number of accidents has fallen since 2008, when there were 6,049 total incidents.
What are motorcycle accidents?
They’re incidents where motorcycles are involved in crashes on the road with another vehicle. A number of injuries often occur as the result, some of the most common being:
- Whiplash, coming from a sudden jolt
- Burns from skidding on the road surface
- Broken bones from hitting the ground
- Spinal injuries, often coming with whiplash
- Head injuries
- Loss of limbs
As motorcyclists’ bodies are more exposed at the point of collision, the likelihood and variety of potential injuries goes up.
Who can I claim against?
As with other road traffic accidents, the driver causing the crash is usually at fault. If they have insurance, you can claim against them directly. If not, you should go through the Motor Insurance Bureau, who are a third party which tries to get money from uninsured drivers to compensate you.
It depends on the type and severity of any injuries sustained. For those inflicted with minor brain or head injuries, they could receive between £1,575 and £9,100. At the other end of the scale, severe leg injuries could see compensation between £68,750 and £96,800, whereas loss of an arm may mean a court order between £78,300 and £93,500 is paid out.
How long do I have to make a claim?
You typically have a time limit of three years to file a claim for compensation, starting from when the motorcycle accident first took place. Once you have recovered as well as possible, you should consider contacting First4lawyers to start your claim. Our team of expert solicitors will handle your case with sensitivity, and will help to give you the peace of mind that you deserve.
I’ve been a motorcycle accident victim. What should I do?
You can make a claim as soon as you have been treated after your accident. Firstly, fill in our online claim form, send a letter or request a call-back. Then, someone from our panel of solicitors will get in touch by phone to discuss the claim; if they believe you have a case, they will send a letter to the responsible party about it, allowing them to accept or reject what’s been written.