As a motorcyclist, you’re one of the most vulnerable users of the road. This means there is a disproportionately high chance of an accident, with issues that would be minor to car drivers posing far more significant risks for motorcycle riders. If you’ve had an accident on yours, you’ll probably have plenty of concerns and questions.
Types of motorcycle accident injuries
The Department for Transport has reported that as a motorcyclist, you’ll suffer from the highest accident and injury rates per mile travelled of all road user groups. These injuries can often be incredibly serious, particularly when travelling at speed. Among the types of motorcycle accidents you could suffer are:
- Losing control of the bicycle as a result of poor road/trail design
- Defective road surfaces such as potholes, debris and spillages
- Other driver emerging into path of motorcyclist
- Other driver turning in the path of motorcyclist
- Faulty repairs carried out by a mechanic or motorcycle shop
- Defective body or components
You could suffer a huge variety of injuries from motorcycle accidents, such as broken or fractured bones, cuts and nerve damage, among others.
Can you make a claim for a motorcycle accident?
If you suffered a motorcycle accident in the last three years, and it was the fault of someone else or an organisation, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. If you were under 18 at the time of the accident, however, you will have up to three years after your 18th birthday to make a claim.
At Hayward Baker, we pursue all motorcycle accident claims on a no win no fee basis, which ensures that you will not have to worry about legal fees while your mind is probably on other things.
Giving our team of experts a call to discuss your options can help you clarify whether you have a strong case to put forward. You can speak to us for free, without any obligation to proceed.
How much compensation can you claim for an motorcycle accident?
The amount of compensation you can claim will depend on the injuries you sustained in the accident. The damage caused by a motorcycle accident can be particularly expensive, especially when you have to pay for repairs to your motorcycle.
You could receive enough compensation after a motorcycle accident to help cover your medical and recovery costs, as well as bike repairs and replacement helmets and safety gear. You can also use this to make up for any income you may have lost as a result of missing work.
Although your compensation level may vary, some of our previous success levels may give you some idea of what we have obtained for clients.
- One of our clients was awarded £18,000 in compensation when he suffered a broken collar bone after being thrown from his bike into the road.
- We also helped a client whose arm was fractured in four places when he was hit by a car driving across his path obtain more than £23,000.
When to start the claims process?
It’s generally better to start the process of making a claim as soon as possible after your motorcycle accident happened. It could be more straightforward to gather evidence and get statements from witnesses to the incident, as the details will be fresher.
We know that the period after you’ve had a motorcycle accident is a confusing and stressful one, which is why we want to help you when you need it most.
Why choose Hayward Baker?
It’s important to choose a solicitor that will help you understand each critical stage of the process of making a claim. Here at Hayward Baker, we won’t use alienating jargon, but provide all the important information you need in plain English. In addition, we will not leave you having to chase us for updates. We’ll ensure you are contacted at every important stage in the process.
Our team of solicitors will also make sure that you’re provided with a tailored and unique service, personal to you as an individual. Every case and every client is different so we will never treat you exactly the same as anyone else.