Motorcycle accidents occur often and can result in serious injuries for the riders, due to the vulnerable nature of motorcyclists on the road. However, as a motorcyclist you have as much right to use the road and feel confident when you do so as any other driver, which is why, if you’ve been the victim of a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Making a claim may seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be. With the right professional legal assistance, claiming for motorcycle accident compensation is straightforward and relatively stress-free.
While every motorcycle accident and resulting personal injuries are unique, there are a few simple steps you should follow if you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, to make the claims process easy:
1. Note details
If possible, write down the details of your accident immediately and try to speak to any witnesses, making a note of their contact details. Photos of the scene are very useful too, and keep all associated medical notes and receipts somewhere safe too.
2. Contact a personal injury solicitor
It’s recommended that you speak to a personal injury solicitor about your motorcycle accident for advice on the best way to proceed. Depending on the details of your circumstances, you’ll be advised if you have sufficient grounds to make a claim. A solicitor will look after your best interests and provide you with accurate, honest advice so you can make an informed decision.
Our specialist teams include experienced motorcyclists who will understand the difficulties you are facing if you have been involved in an accident.
3. Establish the cause
If you decide to make a claim, your solicitor will work fast to establish the cause of your accident. Motorcycle accidents are often caused by the rider swerving to avoid an object in the road or a pedestrian who’s stepped out in front of them; pot holes in the road; or a car door being opened onto the motorcycle or cars emerging from side turnings. The established cause can then be used to prove you’re the victim of the accident and your personal injuries were caused by an individual’s or company’s negligence. It’s worth remembering that any claim you make won’t be against an individual but against their insurance company.
4. Have your injuries assessed
You should have a medical professional assess your injuries to discover just how serious and long-term they are. This assessment should also clarify the extent of your emotional injuries as well as physical, and estimate the likely financial costs to you in terms of ongoing care and lifestyle changes.
5. Receive support throughout the claims process
Your personal injury solicitor should support and guide you throughout the claims process, to make it as stress-free and successful as possible. Contact us today