Most personal injury claims do follow a process regardless of how the accident happens. However in motorcycle claims there are other, unique features which mean that you should consider carefully before choosing a Personal Injury Solicitor who does not have expertise in motorcycle accident claims.
Our Head of Personal Injury, Senior Solicitor Anthony Wilson, his wife and three children all enjoy riding motor bikes; so Anthony's expertise as Personal Injury Solicitor and his insights as a "biker" have helped many injured motorcyclists to successfully claim compensation after an accident that was not their fault.
Anthony's team of Personal Injury Solicitors are trained specialists in motorbike accident claims and if we can take your case on a No Win No Fee basis, this means that all your legal fees are covered, win or lose. As part of the Co-op Group, our values of openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others are core to the service we provide.
For free legal advice about a motorbike accident injury claim, call our Personal Injury Solicitors on 0330 606 9587 or contact us online and we will help you.
The common features in most personal injury claims are:
- someone else caused the accident
- if you are over 18, you have three years to make your claim
- you can claim compensation for your injuries and also the financial losses you have suffered
In a motorcycle accident claim there are additional factors which make the claims process slightly different.
Firstly, more motorcycle accidents result in riders being killed or seriously injured than those involving any other type of vehicle on the road, including pedestrians. The data collected from the Ministry of Transport across England and Wales shows that:
- 27% of all motorcyclists involved in a road accident are killed or seriously injured
- 21% of all pedestrians involved in road accidents are killed or seriously injured
- 17% of all cyclists involved in road accidents are killed or seriously injured and
- 7% of all car drivers involved in road accidents are killed or seriously injured
There are a number of explanations underpinning these statistics which help in putting them into context, the first relates to car drivers having the best protection of any of the groups of road users listed, which may explain why they suffer the fewest number of road deaths or serious injuries. You could also surmise that cyclist's may be better equipped to be seen by other road users than pedestrians, with a combination of high visibility clothing and lights on their bike, which could account for fewer serious injuries in this group, but when you compare motorcyclists to other vulnerable road users, they are still topping the table for serious injury or even death.
A motorcyclist involved in an accident frequently has serious and life changing injuries often involving the spinal cord, significant head injury or even a loss of a limb. These injuries take time to heal and the recovery period is often lengthy involving a multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation. In many motorbike accident injury cases significant adjustments to personal and professional life is necessary and may include adaptations to work and living environments, changes in occupation and income loss.
Motorcyclist are often blamed for the accident but the statistics support that almost 2/3rds of all accidents involving a motorcycle are the result another road user.
Therefore, there is a need for your Personal Injury Solicitor to have the necessary experience to fight hard on your behalf to get the right results. More importantly that your Solicitor has extensive experience in Serious Injury Claims to ensure that they get your rehabilitation and treatment agreed as soon as possible. Most importantly that they have the skill to fight hard, on your behalf, to get the compensation you are entitled to.
In addition, there are a number of other causes for motorcycle accidents which probably wouldn't affect other road users to the same extent. Potholes and other road defects can cause very serious accidents for motorcyclists and the temporary repairs carried out by many councils on potholes due to budgets being limited can result in additional dangers for motorcyclists as these can break up and leave debris on the road.
Diesel spills are another issue that adversely affect bikers compared with other road users. Diesel spills make the road surface extremely slippery and can result in motorbike accident injuries, but as most diesel spills are caused by other unknown road users, it can be more difficult to secure compensation. A specialist motorcycle accident Solicitor will understand this process and know how to approach making a claim where a diesel spill was involved and in addition, be clear about how to obtain expert evidence to support the compensation claim.
In addition to your personal injury claim, you can also claim back the cost of a new helmet, leathers and the repairs to your motorbike. The equipment necessary to ride a bike safely is expensive and once this has been involved in an accident, it becomes unsafe to use again so it is important to get details of the cost of replacement equipment and to ensure that the repairs carried out on your motorcycle are completed by an experienced motorcycle repairer.
At Co-op Legal Services, we know how important it is to use a Personal Injury Solicitor that specialises in motorcycle accident claims and we have experienced Solicitors who can help you.
As a result of the ethical approach we have as a business, we believe that everyone should have access to expert legal advice and support if they have suffered from a motorbike accident that was no their fault.
We also believe that everyone who is injured should receive fair compensation for their injuries and compensation for the effect the accident has had on their lifestyle – in other words, be in the position they were before the accident whenever possible.
Finally, we believe that you should get the treatment and rehabilitation you need to recover as soon as possible.
For free legal advice and to find out if your motorbike accident claim can be dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis, call our Personal Injury Solicitors on 0330 606 9587 or contact us online and we will call you.