What to Do after a Motorbike Accident
24 January 2019
If you're injured in a motorbike accident, there are certain steps that it's important for you to take following the accident. These steps will help get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible, as well as avoiding unnecessary complications further down the line if you make a claim.
When Can You Make a Claim for a Motorbike Accident?
If you have been injured in a motorbike accident, you may be wondering whether you can make a claim for compensation. If the accident has been caused by a third party then you may have grounds to make a claim.
A third party could be another road user whose actions caused the accident to happen, such as if they pulled out in front of you or went into the back of you, for example. Alternatively, it could be an organisation such as the Highways Agency or a local authority who failed to properly maintain the road. This may be the case if the accident was caused by a pothole or a defect in the road.
1. Get Medical Treatment for Your Injuries
If you have been injured in a road accident then, of course, your primary concern must be to seek medical attention before you do anything else. It may be that you need to call 999 to provide urgent medical care on the scene, or if your injuries are more minor then you may decide to get yourself to A&E or your GP instead.
Even if you don't think your injuries are significant enough to warrant medical treatment it's always best to get checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible, ideally on the same day. You may have sustained injuries that could progress and develop if they go undiagnosed, and an assessment by a medical professional confirming the severity of your injuries will also help to support any claim that you pursue. Visit your GP in the first instance, who will be able to refer you onto a specialist if needed.
2. Note Down Details of the Accident
If you're able to do so, then take down as many details as you can at the scene of the accident.
These are the most important details to record:
- Registration numbers of any vehicles involved
- Contact details of any other drivers involved
- Contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident (or who arrived shortly afterwards)
- If the accident was caused by a pothole or defect, then also take down contact details of anyone who may be able to testify to its presence
- Details of weather conditions, road condition and visibility
- What happened in the moments leading up to the accident
- The damage sustained by all vehicles involved
- Photographs of the accident scene and the vehicles
If you're unable to note down these details yourself, then ask someone else to do this for you.
In the weeks following the accident you should also keep a record of any losses or expenses that you've incurred as a direct result of the accident, and keep receipts for these. For example, if you need to get taxis or public transport to work because your bike is in the garage, then these count as expenses, or if you need to replace your motorbike helmet or bike clothing because it's damaged then also keep a record of this.
3. Contact a Personal Injury Solicitor
As soon as possible after the accident, speak to a Personal Injury Solicitor who can assess your claim and take things forward. At Co-op Legal Services, we understand the complexity of motorbike accidents and the risk of serious injury being sustained. We also understand that recovery periods can be lengthy and painful, but if we take on your claim, we can arrange for expert medical assessments to be carried out to get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.
Our Personal Injury Solicitors can deal with most motorbike accident claims on a no win no fee basis.