Claiming Compensation for a Motorcycle Accident in the UK

Although they make up less than 1% of all traffic, motorcyclists suffer 14% of serious injuries or fatalities in the UK.  Every year there are over 21,000 motorcycle accidents, more than a third of these serious.  Interestingly, many of these accidents are not the fault of motorcyclists but the fault of car drivers who don’t give way, drink drivers, or of badly maintained roads.

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What should I do if I have a motorcycle accident which was not my fault?

  • If anyone is injured, call an ambulance or take them to a hospital.
  • If you are injured, make sure you seek medical attention as soon as you can.  Often you may suspect an injury is minor, but without medical assistance it may grow into a long term problem which could affect your day-to-day life.
  • Take photographs of the incident, including the car and the accident scene.
  • Ensure you keep any receipts relating to the accident, for example receipts relating to medical fees or taxis.
  • Speak to any witnesses and obtain their contact details. 

Motorcycle accidents are more complicated than car accidents.  This is because you are often perceived as being automatically at fault, just by being a ‘biker’ who is seen as a risk-taker and even reckless.  It is therefore important to get as much information as possible to show how the accident happened.  It will sometimes be the case that the story of the driver at fault will be different to yours.  To prevent this you should obtain the police report describing the accident.  The police will normally compile a comprehensive incident report, containing photographs, witness testimonies and details of vehicle damage.

Can I claim financial compensation for a motorcycle accident?

If you have had a motorbike accident and it was not your fault you may have a claim for financial compensation, to reimburse you for any expenses and loss of earnings, as well as for any emotional and physical damage caused.

The level of compensation offered depends on the severity of the accident and the injuries suffered.  This is why it is important you get a medical report as evidence of the extent of your injuries and how they affect your life.

All drivers in the UK are obliged to take out car insurance cover so in the event of an accident you can claim against the car insurer.  If the accident was caused by the badly maintained road you may have a claim against the local Council who have a duty to make the road safe.

How can I claim compensation for a motorcycle accident?

We at Manners Pimblett are specialists in the field of insurance claims and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

We offer an initial phone consultation for FREE so we can assess the claim and work out how to help you. We offer NO WIN NO FEE* agreements on personal injury matters, call one of our experts today for more information. 0845 0770772. 

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