Motorcycle Accident Claims
It is often the case that the most serious accidents on the road involve motorbikes. Even the most careful and experienced motorcyclists are never far from danger, with obstacles, obstructions, faulty road surfaces and other drivers all commonly cited factors in compensation claims.
Serious injuries are much more commonplace among motorcyclists than car drivers, in part due to their reduced level of physical protection. Department for Transport statistics indicate that motorcyclists are 50 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a road traffic accident than car drivers.
Indeed, while motorcyclists account for just one per cent of total road traffic, they are the victims in 22 per cent of fatalities on the road.
Personal injury claims for motorcycle accidents
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often result in severe or life changing injuries for the victim, while in extreme circumstances they can also prove fatal. As compensation awards tend to be based on the impact the accident has had on the victims life, motorcycle accidents frequently lead to high value claims.
Our personal injury solicitors regularly handle serious injury claims on behalf of victims and/or their families, including accidents that have resulted in paralysis, amputation, brain injuries and permanent disability.
This experience means we know the importance of ensuring rehabilitation and physiotherapy care is provided at the earliest possible opportunity. We also make sure the victim and their family receives all the emotional support they need during this difficult time.
Am I eligible for motorcycle accident compensation?
If you have been injured whilst riding a moped, scooter or motorcycle, you must meet the following criteria in order to be entitled to compensation:
Someone else was at fault
The issue of fault is central to any personal injury case, and motorcycle accident claims are no different. You will not receive compensation for accidents where no fault can be established.
In order to achieve a successful claim, if your accident involved another vehicle it must be clear that your injuries were caused by the careless or negligent driving of another party. If a poor road surface was to blame, you must show that it was someone else’s responsibility to maintain it, and their failure to do so directly contributed to your accident. If you use a company motorcycle as part of your job, it could even be the case that you make an accident at work claim if the vehicle is found to be faulty or unsafe to use.
You are within the time limit
If your motorcycle accident occurred in England or Wales, you must make any compensation claim within three years of the date in which the incident occurred.
You did not take risks
There are several factors which could negatively impact on your claim if you are found not to have taken the appropriate safety precautions in the lead-up to your accident.
For example, failing to wear safety equipment such a crash helmet may well mean your injuries are more severe than they otherwise might have been, and a court will regard the incident as partly your fault. The same can also be said if it is shown you were driving your motorcycle above the speed limit, or ignoring the highway code.
Sidecar and pillion passengers
If you were travelling in the sidecar or pillion of a motorcycle when the accident occurred, you can claim compensation for your injuries in much the same way. However, you have a further option open to you, which is to direct your claim against the driver of the motorcycle if you feel they were to blame.
Ask Sheldon Davidson Solicitors
If you’re looking for experienced personal injury solicitors in Manchester who can handle your motorcycle accident claim professionally and sensitively, you can be sure Sheldon Davidson Solicitors will do our utmost to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact our team today for more information on how to get started with your claim.