Our roads are relatively safe, but accidents do happen. And it’s particularly distressing when those accidents are the result somebody else’s mistake, carelessness or negligence.
Motorbikes make up just 1% of the vehicles on Britain’s roads. But worryingly, motorcyclists make up a disproportion 18% of the fatalities and serious injuries as the result of road traffic accidents.
In a collision between a car and a motorbike, it will often be the motorcyclist who comes off worse. Without the protection of a metal shell around them, motorcyclists can be vulnerable on the roads. A motorbike is also not as easy for drivers to spot as a car.
As a motorcyclist, you can take certain precautions to reduce the risk of injury – ensuring you have a helmet that meets the minimum safety standards, wearing safety clothing and riding carefully in keeping with the Highway Code. But the one thing you simply cannot do is control the driving of others on the road.
Motorbike accident injuries can range from cuts and bruises to head injuries and injuries that can seriously hinder your quality of life.
If you’ve been involved in a motorbike accident that wasn’t your fault, regardless of the severity of the injuries you sustained, you could be entitled to compensation.
Motorcycle Accident Compensation Claim Case Studies
A £100,000 in Compensation Following a Motorbike Accident
Our client, a motorcyclist, was riding his motorbike along a suburban road, where there were vehicles parked on both the left and right hand sides. The driver of a car on the client’s left began to move out from a parked position into the path of the motorcyclist. This caused him to swerve to the right and lose control of his motorbike. As a result, he collided with a parked car and sustained a severe shoulder injury.
The defendant and his insurers denied the claim and stated that the car had never moved. They claimed that the client simply lost control of his motorbike
The client had initially instructed another firm of personal injury solicitors to pursue his compensation claim. During this time, the defendant offered to settle the claim for £10,000.00.
HW Solicitors were consulted and we took over the case. We advised the client to reject the offer. Instead, we continued to acquire evidence and pursue the case on behalf of the client.
The defendant eventually paid the client £100,000.00 in compensation – ten times the initial offer made.
We were delighted to see our client awarded the compensation he deserved following a motorbike accident that was not his fault and that left him with significant injuries.