Together with cyclists and pedestrians’ motorcyclists are the most vulnerable of road users. Motorcycle accident claims almost always involve claims for personal injury to either the motorcyclist or to any pillion passengers that he is carrying. If they are lucky, those injuries may be relatively slight, such as bruising or minor cuts. However, the chances of being seriously injured when being knocked from their machines, is a danger that motorbike riders face each time they take a road trip.
The ever-present threat of serious injury for motorcyclists involved in motorcycle accidents, is borne out by UK Government statistics. The latest figures show that for every billion miles travelled, the casualty rate for motorcyclists was just over 6000 casualties, compared to just 238 for car occupants. For every billion miles travelled, the fatality rate for motorcyclists was 116.9, as compared to just 1.9 for occupants of cars.
Causes of non-fault motorbike accidents
Successful motor bike accident compensation claims have been made after accidents that have happened as a result of;
Not being seen at a junction by another road user who fails to give way to the biker
Other road users, not being aware of the possible presence of motorcyclists – resulting in such actions as opening car doors into the path of bikes
Drivers changing lanes or overtaking, not having seen the motorcycle in their mirrors due to the motorcylist being in the driver’s blindspot
Potholes. These are major hazards for motorcyclists. A car hits a pothole, there may be vehicle damage. A motorcyclist hits a pothole, there may be serious injury or death to the rider or pillion passenger
Oil or other spillages left on the road causing bikers to skid and lose control of their machines
Making a motorcycle accident injury claim
Like cyclists and pedestrians, motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable when on the road.
The relative lack of protection for the rider and any passenger are not the only reasons that motorcyclists are at risk of getting seriously injured if a car or other four wheeled vehicle collides with them.
Motorcyclists travel more quickly than cyclists and pedestrians. When they come into collision with another driver, the combined speeds of the vehicle and the motorbike can add to the seriousness of any injury to the biker.
What types of motorcycle injury compensation can be claimed for?
The following types of injury compensation claims are frequently made following motorcycle accidents:
Cuts and bruises
Serious neck injuries
Amputation of a limb
Brachial plexus injury
Serious head and spinal injuries
What else can I claim for?
Whilst there is understandably a great deal of focus on the injuries that are sustained in motorcycle accidents, at Mooneerams we’ve successfully recovered compensation for many motorcyclists who’ve been involved in non-fault motorcycle accidents. We understand that recovering compensation for your damaged bike is hugely important to you, as much as or even more so perhaps than recovering personal injury compensation, in some cases. Your machine is your pride and joy and often it is likely to be worth as much as tens of thousands of pounds in itself.
At Mooneerams we recognise that and will ensure that the claim for your motorcycle damage or the write off value of your bike, will receive the utmost priority too.
Other possible areas of claim include;
Loss of earnings – potentially both past and future earnings
Cost of replacement transport, public transport or taxi fares, whilst your bike is off the road
You are entitled to be put back into the position you would have been in just before the accident happened. So, any losses reasonably incurred and directly caused as a result of the accident, can be recovered from the insurer of the party that caused the accident.
How much will I get for my claim?
We totally understand that if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident you would like to know before you make a claim, how much compensation you stand to get. It sounds like a cliché, but it really is the case that no two claims are identical. It would be impossible for us, with any degree of accuracy to tell you when you first contact us, or to put general guidelines here on this page, how much compensation YOU are likely to get.
Instead, if you or a family member has been involved in a motorcycle accident and you are thinking of making a claim, why not call us on 029 2048 3615? When we have more details of your own specific claim, then we will be able to give you a more reasoned estimate of the amount of compensation that you might be likely to recover from the other party’s insurance company.
Our initial advice will be free of charge and with no obligation on your part to take it any further, unless you want to. We will never put pressure on you to make a claim. We recognise that it is entirely your call as to whether to do so.
If you do decide to take that next step and want Mooneerams to start the ball rolling, we will allocate one of our motorcycle accident solicitors to deal with your claim straightaway. They will talk to you first about No Win No Fee arrangements as a means of funding your claim. You’ve probably heard the term No Win, No Fee many times before. In a nutshell it means that by taking out a No Win, No Fee agreement with us, you won’t have to pay a penny if you lose your claim.
Don’t forget, you can call us even if you are unsure yet about making a claim and have some questions you would like answering first. Call us now on 029 2048 3615.
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