This guide is intended to assist those who have been involved in motorcycle accidents that were not their fault. We hope that it will be of help to those who are considering making injury compensation claims. It is also our wish that it will also provide useful information for the loved ones of injured motorcyclists.
Motorcycling is an exhilarating way to travel around the UK's roads. Most motorcyclists are excellent road users and very knowledgeable and safety-conscious riders. Despite this, there is a much higher risk of motorcyclists being involved in accidents than is the case for drivers of cars and other four-wheeled motor vehicles.
Though bikers only make up 1% of the traffic on British roads, they are involved in 19% of all accidents that result in death or serious injury. The road safety organisation, THINK!, states that motorcyclists are 52 times more likely to be killed in road traffic accidents than are the occupants of cars.
The Highway Code classifies motorcyclists as vulnerable road users, putting them into the same category as cyclists and pedestrians. There are specific sections of the code that advise other motorists of the need to look out for motorcyclists and to be aware of their presence. Most motorcycling accidents (62%) occur at road junctions, according to ROSPA.
Motorcyclists are in more danger on the roads than other road users, because:
You do have grounds for making a motorcycling accident injury claim if:
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If you are going to make a motorcycle accident claim, then you'll want to present the best case possible, to the other party. For that reason, it is important to use a specialist motorcycle accident solicitor. Not every personal injury solicitor has experience of motorbike accident claims. At Spencers Solicitors we do have experience of handling complicated and serious motorcycle accident claims.
Don't just take our word for it. Listen to what our client Wendy Arrandale has to say about Spencers specialist motorcycle accident solicitors. We secured a multi-million-pound compensation settlement for Wendy, who had been involved in a horrific non-fault motorcycle accident.
Wendy was a pillion passenger who suffered very serious injuries including a ruptured spleen, brain injury and a below elbow amputation. Her compensation settlement included a provision for a prosthetic arm, adapted accommodation, future care and loss of earnings. Spencers Solicitors were also able to secure payment for an adapted trike. This will allow Wendy to continue with her passion for riding motorcycles, despite having suffered the life-changing injuries that she has.
In case you are wondering about legal costs, we can put your mind at rest. In almost all cases of motorcycle accident claims we are able to fund the cases for our clients by using a No Win no Fee Agreement
"I have been extremely satisfied with the service from Spencers, especially your support at the point that it all became overwhelmingly stressful and I felt like giving up. You have a very calm, professional manner which is not patronising in any way, and that was appreciated. Many thanks for helping me with effective medical support, and in laying this to rest."
The earlier you contact us, the sooner we can start building the case to support your claim.
We will put together all the necessary information and documentation in support of your claim. This will include:
Our expert motorbike solicitors handle a wide variety of motorcycle accident claims each year. Through our experience and by listening closely to our valued clients we have developed three priorities when dealing with your motorcycle accident injury claim:
An interim payment is a form of 'payment on account'. When these are paid by the other partys' insurance company, they will form a partial settlement of your claim. Where the other side has admitted liability, we will be able to get an interim payment from them, on your behalf. If they will not voluntarily make an interim payment, we can apply to the court for one.
Interim payments become very important if you have suffered serious injuries or catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle accident. This is because the seriousness of the injuries mean that your claim will not settle quickly. You will need multiple medical reports over a period of time that can be of several years. If you had to wait until the end of the claim before you received any payment, you would most likely be in financial difficulties.
An interim payment will go some way to ensuring that you don't get into difficulties due to a lack of money.
Where it's appropriate Spencers will be able to recover an interim payment to cover your immediate needs while the claims process continues.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident whilst riding as a pillion passenger, then you will be able to make a personal injury claim. You will be able to do so, even if the accident was the fault of the rider of the motorcycle that you were on. However, if :
Call Spencers Solicitors motorcycle accident compensation team on 08000 93 00 94. They will ensure that you get answers to any questions you have if you have been injured whilst a pillion passenger.
Not all motorcycle accidents involve road traffic accident collisions between the motorcyclist and another vehicle. One of the scourges of motorbike riding is having to do it along poorly maintained roads.
Potholes are a real nuisance in so far as four-wheeled motorists are concerned. Sometimes they cause wheel or suspension damage. However, as far as bikers are concerned, they can be death traps. Hitting a pothole at even 30 mph risks the rider coming off and suffering serious injury or even becoming the victim of a fatal accident.
If you are injured as a result of hitting a pothole and coming off your bike, you may be able to make a claim. Your claim will be against the local council responsible for maintaining the road in question or the highways authority for pothole accidents on motorways or A-roads.
Defective road accident claims are by no means always straightforward. That's why getting photos taken of the defect either at the time of the accident is important. Alternatively, try and get back to the scene yourself or have someone else visit the scene the next day to take photos.
It's also advisable to:
Pothole compensation claims can be difficult. Councils are known to resist claims strongly. The general rule is that a pothole must be around 40mms deep for a pothole claim to have a chance of succeeding.
Spencers have successfully navigated many a pothole claim to success. Dealing with local authorities’ legal departments when making defective road claims can be frustrating for the unwary. Using an experienced road traffic accident solicitor is most certainly advisable for pothole claims.
Call Spencers Solicitors on 08000 93 00 94 and speak to one of our experienced personal injury solicitors now.
You can minimise the risk of being seriously injured in a motorcycle injury by:
However well prepared you as a motorcyclist are and however safely you handle your bike, accidents will happen. If the accident is due to another road users’ fault (negligence) then you are entitled to make a claim for the damage and injury caused.
Each personal injury case is unique. A general settlement time frame for a motorcycle claim is between 6-9 months, where:
However, motorcycle accidents can result in some very serious injuries for the rider. In such cases, it can take 2 or more years before the claim is ready to settle in full.
This doesn't mean that your solicitor is delaying in taking action. The length of time it takes, will be due to the need for continuing medical assessments, further treatment and for your rehabilitation to start taking effect. Only at this stage can settlement of the claim be considered.
At Spencers Solicitors, we have been dealing with serious and catastrophic accident claims for more than 30 years. We have handled a huge number of cases during that time. Our personal injury solicitors have successfully recovered millions of pounds in compensation on behalf of motorcyclists who have been injured in road traffic accidents.
Call Spencers Solicitors, if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault. We are experts in serious injury claims. Motorcycle accidents all too often involve serious injuries being suffered by the motorcyclist involved. You'll get to speak to one of our specialist motorcycle accident compensation solicitors, right away, when you call Spencer Solicitors