Advice on Motorcycle Accident Claims
Using the roads as a driver or a pedestrian can often be a dangerous business. No matter how many advances are made in the field of road safety, or how much more secure the vehicles themselves become, accidents can still happen, and when they do they can result in serious injury.
Motorcyclists are at an even greater risk than most other road users for two reasons. Firstly, other drivers are often remiss when it comes to keeping a careful look out for motorbikes and secondly, in the event of an accident such as a collision, the driver lacks the protection afforded by the outer shell of a car. If you've been the victim of a motorcycle accident which was caused by another person's negligence, you have every right to pursue a claim for compensation.
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What should I do following a motorcycle accident?
If you've been involved in a motorcycle accident and feel that it wasn't your fault then you may well be in a position to pursue a claim for compensation. In the immediate aftermath of any such accident, the first thing you should do is seek any medical attention required. Not only is this vital for your own well being, but medical records may help when putting your case together, as will reporting the incident to the police.
Following this, you should take down the contact details of everyone involved, including number plates, as well as those of any witnesses. If possible, take photographs of the scene of the accident and, if this isn't an option, sketch the details (position of vehicles, direction of travel, road layout, etc) while they are still fresh in your mind. Given the common assumption that motorcycle accidents are generally the fault of the motorcyclist, the more evidence you can gather to bolster your side of the story, the better.
After the accident, keep all receipts for out of pocket expenses such as travel costs, medical bills and prescription charges as these will count towards the amount of any compensation you receive.
I've been injured. Can I claim?
If you've been injured in an accident and it wasn't your fault, you are in the position to make a claim. After all, your injury may involve time off work or even a long term cut in your earning power. In extreme cases, you may have been very badly injured or permanently disabled and even supposedly minor accidents can cause deep-seated psychological trauma. All of these circumstances are deserving of compensation, not only to directly reimburse you for money lost but also to provide a sum to help you get on with the rest of your life. Often, the simple fact that the responsible party has been held to account can have a hugely positive effect.
If you feel you may be in a position to claim, call us on 0808 115 0700 to discuss your case and our trained advisors will give you an honest evaluation of your circumstances.
The other driver wasn't insured. Will I still get compensation?
It is still possible to make a claim for compensation even if the other party is not actually insured. In cases such as this, your compensation will be claimed from an organisation known as the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB). This is a fund set up by the insurance industry to provide cover in these cases. Claiming from the MIB can make the case more complicated and means that it has to be worked through in a formally correct manner. For this reason, it is all the more important to employ the services of an expert personal injury lawyer.
How much compensation could I receive?
The exact amount of compensation you will receive is difficult to quantify. It will be calculated on the basis of direct expenses, ongoing expenses (such as those incurred by medical treatment or reduced earning power) and a figure derived from the type and severity of your injury. Once we have all the details of your case, we may be in a position to give you an estimate of what you might receive.
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