Motorbikes are notoriously dangerous, but not just because of their speed and the lack of protection they provide their rider, but because of other road users. Cars, buses, HGVs, whatever you drive we are all guilty of not being aware enough of the road around us at times. Sometimes we are distracted because of the radio, tired, or simply forgot to look twice. All of these scenarios can prove lethal for the motorcyclist. This is because a high proportion of accidents are caused by a lack of observation.
Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents
1. Driver/cyclist not observing other traffic at a junction: turning into the bike
2. Driver pulling out in path of bike
3. Driver merging lanes into bike in traffic
4. Motorcyclist cornering too fast
Of all these, most, as can be seen are unfortunately most likely to be the driver’s fault with poor observation being the cause. As many TV advertising campaigns have called for, as drivers we must look, look and look again to avoid missing a bike at a junction, in our mirrors, or in our blind spot.
Making A Claim
If you are a motorcyclist and you have been in an accident on the roads which was not your fault, you have every right to make a claim against the third party. Your claim will take into account the following:
– Damage to your bike.
– The extent of your injuries, both physical and psychological and any lasting effects they may have on you.
– Loss of earnings.
– Financial losses such as prescriptions, travel to appointments, any adaptations to your home you may need, physiotherapy and care fees.
You have 3 years from the accident to make a personal injury claim, however it is advisable to try to enter into the claiming process sooner rather than later. Once you have received medical treatment and are fit and healthy you should contact a lawyer who specialises in motorbike accident claims. A specialist lawyer will make sure you are given an accurate idea as to whether your claim will be successful and will also make sure you are given an accurate amount of compensation should you win your case in court.
Most personal injury claims can be done on a no win no fee basis meaning that if you win your case the fees will be recovered from the opposition party and if you do not win your case there will be nothing to pay. Therefore do not let the fear of expensive legal costs put you off claiming the compensation you deserve, you have nothing to lose.
Call Law Firm Birmingham today to discuss your claim on 0800 142 2901 of fill in an online enquiry. We offer a completely free initial consultation service, so get in touch today.