Motorcycle Accident Compensation Claims

A motorcycle accident includes any type of road traffic accident involving a motorcycle.

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This can range from a minor accident, such as a low-speed collision, to a more serious accident, such as a high-speed collision or a collision with another vehicle.

What is a Motorcycle Accident Compensation Claim?

What is a Motorcycle Accident Compensation Claim?

A motorcycle accident compensation claim is a legal process in which an individual seeks compensation for an injury sustained in a motorcycle accident. The individual must provide evidence to support their claim and show that their injury was caused by the actions or inactions of another party.

Motorcycle accident claims

Motorcycle accident claims

There's a misconception that a motorcycle accident is usually the motorcyclist's fault. Whilst on occasion it is, it is usually down to another motorist who has failed to see the motorcyclist in time. Not only are hazards caused by other motorists, but the road itself can cause a motorcyclist to lose control. Ranging from debris on the road from other vehicles, farm machinery through to potholes, there can be several causes to a motorbike accident.

If you have been injured in a motorbike accident that was not your fault, then it may be possible for you to claim compensation. Contact our motorbike claims solicitors on 0800 689 0973 and we can help you with the motorcycle accident claim process.

Motorcycle accident compensation: Who is liable for Motorcycle Accident Claims?

Motorcycle accident compensation: Who is liable for Motorcycle Accident Claims?

All users of the highway have a responsibility to ensure that other users are kept safe. If the local farmer or contractors leave debris on the road, they have a duty to warn other road users of those debris and have a duty to clean it up. If they fail to do so, and a motorcyclist is injured, the motorcyclist can claim compensation. Likewise, the Highway Authority has a duty to maintain the highway, and if they fail to maintain the roads and potholes develop causing an accident or an injury, they are liable. This can even extend to the layout and design of the road itself.

A motorcyclist was awarded compensation after he was seriously injured when a vehicle pulled out in front of him at a junction. On the face of it, the emerging vehicle was liable - however, their insurers were successful in recovering a large proportion of those damages from the local authority because they had failed to design the junction correctly, and had allowed a large hump to be created on a bend which obscured the view for vehicles emerging out of the side road. Motorcycles are often tarred with the same brush that they would speeding, and whilst speed is a factor, it is not in itself negligent. The question that needs to be asked is: what has caused the motorbike accident? Speed can contribute to the consequences and the outcome, but the usual cause of collisions is another road user failing to see the motorcycle in time or even at all. The question is, aside from the negligent act, could the accident have been avoided? If the answer is yes, and the act has caused the accident, then that motorist is liable for the losses arising as a result.

The personal injury solicitors at Forbes specialise in motorcycle accident claims and offer a free consultation for people injured in motorbike accidents in England and Wales.

Motorcycle accident claim process

Motorcycle accident claim process

Motorbike accident claims in the UK fall under personal injury law and this means you will have three years from the date of the accident to make a claim. If your accident happened abroad then the time limit could be much shorter, so we recommend that you contact a motorbike accident claims solicitors.

The first step in the motorcycle accident claim process is to contact a motorbike injury claims solicitor. At Forbes Solicitors, we offer a free initial consultation. If we think you have a case, then we can take it on for a no win no fee basis.

We will then put in a compensation claim to the insurance company of those at fault for both personal injury and any financial losses you may have occurred. You may need to be seen by an independent medical expert so they can assess the motorbike injuries you have sustained from the accident. The independent medical expert will then write a medical report which will be used to understand the extent of your injuries and what future treatment may be needed. You will need to keep records of all expenses occurred due to the accident. For example, medical expenses, loss of earnings, etc.

Once the medical report and all the expenses evidence are put together, our motorbike claims solicitors can then put the claim to the insurers to negotiate compensation for the accident on your behalf.

A motorcycle accident can result in life-changing injuries. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorbike accident, where the fault lies with another party, you may be entitled to compensation, which can give you much needed access to treatments and rehabilitation as well as help you to cover any costs that you have incurred due to the accident.

Motorcycle Accident Compensation Claims FAQs

Can I make a motorcycle accident personal injury claim on behalf of someone who has died?

Yes, it is possible to make a motorcycle compensation claim for someone who has died. Our solicitors can help you gain the compensation you deserve from such a devastating accident. You will have three years from the date of the accident to start the claim. Motorcycle accident claims can be complex and take a long time, so we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.

How much compensation for motorcycle accident claims?

How much compensation you will get for a motorcycle accident will be dependent on several factors such as;

  • The severity of your injuries

  • What future treatment and rehabilitation you may need

  • How much you have been left out of pocket due to the accident

  • Part of the compensation claim will also include compensating for the suffering that has occurred due to the accident.

For a rough guide to motorbike accident compensation level, take a look at our motorcycle claim calculator. At Forbes Solicitors, we always aim to obtain the maximum level of compensation for our clients and we will be with you every step of the way.

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