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.
Thankfully motorcycle accidents have fallen by 36% from 2005 to 2015, but bikers are still a vulnerable group. The latest government report (2015) reveals there were 19,918 bike accidents that year. In the event you are unfortunate enough to have an accident, First4Lawyers are here to fight your corner.
What classes as a motorcycle accident?
They’re incidents where motorcycles are involved in crashes on the road with another vehicle. A number of injuries often occur as a 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 £1,940 and £11,200. At the other end of the scale, severe leg injuries could see compensation between £48,080 and £119,210, whereas loss of an arm may mean an award of between £84,310 to upwards of £120,270.
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, or request a callback at the top of the screen. Someone from our panel of solicitors will get in touch for a no-obligation chat about your 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.