Every year, as summer returns, it is finally time to get your motorcycle back on the road. The north of England is home to some of the best riding roads in the country and they are a huge draw for motorcycle enthusiasts from across the UK.
But, as we see increasing numbers of motorcyclists out on the roads, we also sadly see an increase in accidents. At DMA Law, our personal injury specialists are also motorcycle enthusiasts and they have dealt with numerous personal injury cases involving motorcyclists.
Motorcyclists are the More Vulnerable Road Users
Motorcyclists are not only more vulnerable to accidents involving other vehicles but are also more likely to suffer more serious injuries if involved in a collision with another vehicle. Some motorists take insufficient care when pulling out of junctions or with other manoeuvres on the road and as a consequence are unaware of the presence of motorcyclists. As a consequence, many motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of the drivers of cars and other larger vehicles that share the roads with motorcycles.
There are also other dangers present on our roads which can cause a serious accident for a motorcyclist whilst being relatively low risk to other larger vehicles. This relates to the maintenance of highways and, for example, potholes. A large pothole that might cause some damage to a car but no injuries to the occupant can represent a risk of a serious accident for a motorcyclist causing serious injury.
In any circumstances where a motorcyclist is involved in an accident caused by the fault of someone else, they are likely to suffer more significant injuries than would be the case with a car, van, lorry etc. It goes without saying that motorcyclists are more vulnerable in an accident and certainly don’t have the benefit of such things as airbags and seatbelts.
What You Need to Know about Claiming for Injury after a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents can be traumatic and the physical and psychological consequences are often very serious, which is why we believe compensation in the event of a motorcyclist, or their passenger being injured in an accident is so important.
If the accident was caused by the fault of another party then the motorcyclist or passenger can make a claim for compensation which will be for many different aspects of their losses and expenses, not just to compensate them for their injuries themselves.
In the event of being able to make a successful claim following an accident compensation is not just intended to cover the value of the injury. Compensation also covers such items as medical expenses, loss of earnings, the cost of any assistance with domestic and other tasks and of course the cost of repairs or replacement of the motorcycle. It also covers the cost of the safety equipment and clothing worn by the motorcyclist and/or their passenger at the time of the accident.
A claim can be made against any party whose fault has led to the accident be that the driver of another vehicle, a local authority, another road user or the supplier or persons responsible for the maintenance of the motorcycle.
Personal injury claims are never alike because no two clients are alike, and we strive to ensure that whoever is compensating our clients for their injuries recognises that too. If you suffered from a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, we can help you get the compensation you deserve to get your life back on track.
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