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Motorcycle Accident Claims
Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users, and if you are involved in a collision, you could be left with a myriad of injuries, ranging from mild soft tissue damage to catastrophic injuries, such as amputations or a traumatic brain injury. If you have suffered an injury because of a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, JMW is the best place to pursue a claim for compensation.
Our team has specialists in place to deal with injuries caused by somebody else’s negligence, and we can offer expert advice based on years of experience. To speak to a solicitor about a motorcycle accident, contact us now by calling 0800 054 6570 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will call you back as soon as possible.
Our solicitors have helped many bikers make successful claims for a variety of accidents. We have also handled claims for people who have been passengers on a motorcycle, which is known as riding pillion. Common causes of motorcycle accidents that we have seen cause our clients injury include:
- Vehicles pulling out into the path of a motorbike
- Potholes and other road defects
- Mud, oil and other slippery substances on the road
- Extreme weather conditions, for example, snow and ice
- Drivers and pedestrians causing an obstruction
Due to the lack of a roof or sturdy exterior, injuries caused by a motorcycling accident can be very severe. We have handled claims for the following types of serious accidents:
- Head injuries
- Back and spinal injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Loss of limb
Regardless of how you were injured, if it was caused by somebody else’s negligence then you are able to make a claim for compensation.
Riding on the back of a motorcycle carries many risks, and this is why there are rules in place that must be followed by all motorcyclists carrying passengers. These include ensuring the motorbike is fitted with a pillion seat, handholds and foot pegs, providing a helmet and wearing high-visibility clothing. If these rules are not followed by the rider, and you as a passenger suffer an injury as a result, you might be able to make a claim against the motorcyclist.
There are a number of things you can do to help your claim should you be involved in an accident while on your motorbike. However, you should only follow these steps if you are well and able, as ensuring you are safe and getting treatment for any injuries you have suffered immediately following an accident is the most important thing. Once you’re safe and any immediate medical needs have been attended to, you should try to:
- Take down the names, addresses and telephone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident.
- Photograph the scene, including what caused the accident and the damage to any vehicles involved.
- Contact the police and report the accident as soon as possible. This should be a priority if the driver flees the scene.
If the driver who caused your accident is found to be uninsured or fled the scene and is untraceable, you will still be able to make a claim for compensation. However, rather than your compensation being paid by the defender’s insurer, which is usually the case, your solicitor should deal with the Motor Insurer’s Bureau (MIB). The MIB is a government organisation set up to ensure victims of road traffic accidents have access to the compensation they deserve.
To make a claim with the MIB, there are certain criteria you must have met, including:
- Doing everything in your power to identify the driver responsible for your injuries
- Reporting the accident to the police within five days of the accident
- Making a claim with the MIB within nine months of the accident
Your solicitor will work with you to assist in making sure your claim meets those criteria, and work with the MIB to secure you the maximum compensation possible in these circumstances.
We understand that for many people, biking is not just a hobby, but a way of life, and we approach our motorbike claims with that in mind. You can be sure that our specialist knowledge ensures the claim process is as quick and efficient as possible for all motorcycle cases.
JMW is in an ideal position to take on your motorcycling accident case because we have more than 35 years of experience in dealing with claims of this kind. We also recognise and understand the differences between car and motorbike accidents and injuries. This enables us to ensure your case is dealt with empathetically, that you receive the right treatment, make a good recovery and have a claim that takes into account all losses you may have suffered during the accident.
In addition, we can arrange for a like-for-like replacement if your bike is no longer roadworthy, or for a car if you are unable to ride because of your injuries.