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How can Wosskow Brown Solicitors help you claim for compensation after a motorbike accident?
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Our No Win No Fee agreement means you can pursue a personal injury claim, without having to worry about paying any upfront legal costs. Should your compensation claim be unsuccessful, our No Win No Fee agreement can provide you with the peace of mind that you won’t be charged, and left out of pocket. You shouldn’t be put off making a claim due to any financial risk, allowing you to rightfully seek the compensation you deserve after a motorbike accident that wasn’t your fault.
Motorbike Injury Compensation Claims
We know that for some, riding a motorcycle is not only a preferred form of transportation but a lifestyle choice. Therefore following an accident you may have concerns about your bike and when you’ll be able to ride again. However, if you have sustained a personal injury as a result of your accident, our main priority is supporting you through your recovery.
If you are involved in a road traffic accident whilst on a motorbike, it’s likely you’ll suffer an injury and because you are a vulnerable road user, it could be serious.
However severe your injury is, we want to help in any way we can to get you back to normality.
If the accident was someone else’s fault, you may be able to claim compensation to cover the costs associated with the treatment of your injury and the repairs to your motorbike. We can support you every step of the way, to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
How do I make a Motorbike Accident Claim?
We advise you call us as soon as possible following your motorbike accident so that you can accurately relay all the information to us which will then enable us to get the process moving. We offer a free claim assessment service, whereby we will talk through the incident with you and help you understand whether you have a reasonable claim.
In deciding to pursue your claim with us, we will investigate the accident and collect evidence to determine the amount of compensation you should receive plus damages. Damages can include repairs to or replacing your motorbike, travel, medical and rehabilitation costs, out of pocket expenses and lost wages.
Our Personal Injury Team understand that the trauma of a motorcycle accident can go beyond just the pain of injuries, and work hard to reduce further stress by handling your claim for you and making sure you receive the compensation you deserve. This way you can focus on your recovery, knowing you’re in safe hands.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much compensation can I claim?
Probably one of the most common questions asked by clients when first enquiring about a personal injury they have suffered, is ‘how much compensation am I entitled to?’ Or ‘how much is my claim worth?’
It’s incredibly hard to say how much compensation you are entitled to following a motorbike accident, as compensation is based on your pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Due to the different circumstances, this is based on it means no two claims are the same, and all are treated individually.
To get a better idea of this, it helps to know how a claim is calculated. Take a look at our "How much compensation can I claim?" guide to understand all the factors involved in calculating your compensation claim.
How long will my claim take?
Each case is different, and the amount of time your claim will take all depends on you and your recovery; therefore it isn’t possible to provide a definite timescale.
For a guideline, a straightforward motorbike accident will take approximately 6-9 months but workplace accidents, and slips and trips can take longer.
It is important to wait until the full extent of your injuries has been made clear before making your final claim; otherwise, the amount of compensation you receive will not be comparative to the injuries you have suffered. Claims involving serious and complex injuries can sometimes take several years due to the complexity of issues and time required to assess the true value of the injuries.
The time frames are also dependant upon the Defendant admitting liability and not raising any other issues in respect of the claim. If liability is admitted promptly, and your injuries are not life-altering, it’s possible for your claim to be finalised within a few months. However, if the other party denies fault, the claim can take longer.
How long do I have to make my claim?
Generally, a person has 3 years from the date of their accident/injury to make a personal injury claim; or court proceedings must have begun within this time period.
There are some exceptions to this, which our Personal Injury team would be able to advise you on. For example, for a child, the time limit begins on their 18th birthday, and there is no limit for anyone who does not have mental capacity.
We would strongly advise contacting us as soon as possible after an accident, allowing as much evidence to be persevered as possible, to help your case.
Can I claim lost earnings?
Will I need to attend a medical appointment?
It is normal to have medical appointments, in order to gain a fair and reasonable insight into the extent of your injuries. By doing so, it can ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.
I haven’t been to my GP or Hospital - Can I still claim?
Yes but given that you have not sought any medical attention your injuries may be seen as minor in nature.
We Must Help Motorcyclists Be Safer On the Roads
The staggering fact about the danger to motorcyclists is that they make up just 1% of total road traffic, but are sufferers of 20% of all road user deaths. This disproportionate statistic really hits home, and something needs to be done to lower the percentage of not only road deaths in general, but the deaths of motorcyclists on the road.
It is undeniably important that motorcyclists must wear the right gear. You need to dress in preparation for a crash, just in case. The physical and emotional cost of not wearing the right gear can be much greater than the financial costs. Normal clothes will not survive a crash, for example, regular jeans will easily tear on the tarmac.
Tips for wearing the right gear:
- Make sure you are seen - wear bright clothing during the day and reflective gear at night.
- Wear protective clothes - jacket, boots, gloves, trousers.
- You must wear a helmet. Before buying a helmet, go to the SHARP website’s rating system, where you’ll be advised on how much protection a helmet will offer you in a crash.
- Leading industry professionals have developed ‘CE’ (European Conformity) numbers which help to ensure that you are buying protective gear that meets the agreed standard.
Filtering - Riding through narrow gaps in traffic
- Don’t assume anything. Drivers could give late, incorrect or misleading signals. So ensure that you slow down when filtering.
- Remember, you don’t have to filter just because traffic is static or because other drivers are filtering.
- To prevent crashes in high-risk areas where pedestrians are, look out for hazard lines marked on the road e.g. thicker white lines or zig-zag lines which signify pedestrian crossings.
- The speed limit is a maximum, not a target.
- If in doubt, don’t filter.
Roundabouts, junctions and crossings
- Plan ahead, consider the flow of other vehicles approaching the roundabout and judge your speed accordingly so that you can enter a gap safely.
- Take note of traffic signs, lights and lane markings which direct you into the correct lane. Use Observation-Signal-Manoeuvre at all stages.
- Treat any wet patch as a potential diesel spill, as roundabouts and junctions are prime spots for such hazards.
- Junctions are hazards for motorcycle drivers, especially as they are smaller and faster than other vehicles, meaning the chance of car drivers not seeing them is higher.
At junctions, always use the OSM routine. This stands for Observation, Signal, Manoeuvre.
- Observation - look behind you using your mirrors to check blind spots so you’re aware of the traffic situation.
- Signal - signal clearly and in good time.
- Manoeuvre - use the PSL routine- (Position - move into the correct position in time to make the manoeuvre. Speed - slow down sensibly. Look - keep looking ahead for possible dangers e.g. pedestrians and vehicles).
Drivers - here’s some advice to help you prevent motorcyclists from being in danger
- Keep your distance - driving closely to a motorcyclist can make them feel pressured and intimidated, especially less experienced ones.
- Check for bikes when turning - There may be things slightly obstructing your view of a motorcyclist, such as larger vehicles, so make sure you check properly to avoid crashes.
- Check both sides when turning - motorcyclists may pass you on either side, so double-check whether you’re turning left or right.
Motorcyclists are 38 times more likely to be killed in a road accident than people in cars, per mile ridden.
In 2013, 331 motorcyclists died and 4866 were seriously injured in collisions in Great Britain.
Make sure you remember these points and do everything you can to be safe on the road if you’re a motorcyclist, and take extra care to avoid collisions with people on motorbikes if you are a car driver.
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