If you are a motorcyclist who is involved in an accident, you might start to think about whether you are able to claim some compensation. When the motorcycle rider is not at fault, claiming compensation from the party that is responsible for the incident can help to cover the costs involved, which might include medical costs, damage to the vehicle, and other costs incurred by injury. At MRH Solicitors, we are specialists in serious injury claims, and have been involved with compensation claims for many people involved in motorcycle accidents.
Any motorcyclists who have been involved in an accident where they are not at fault can get help from MRH Solicitors to make a claim for compensation. This guide is designed to help you understand when you might be able to make a motorcycle accident claim, what you will be able to claim and how you can do it.
There were 19,297 motorcyclists injured in road accidents in the UK in 2016, according to The Police Foundation. This included 319 fatalities and more than 5,500 serious injuries sustained. Even these seemingly high numbers were a decrease of 3% compared to the previous year. Serious accidents have been declining in general, falling by 35% between 2008 and 2006. While this is good news, there are still plenty of accidents, and nearly one motorcyclist fatality every day as a result of an accident. There are also many minor incidents that might not be reported, which means official figures for accidents could be lower than they truly are.
There are many reasons that motorcyclists can be involved in road traffic incidents. Some of them may be the fault of the rider, but others can be caused by other road users, pedestrians, poor road conditions, and more. Campaigns to raise awareness about motorcyclists have been used to try to make other road users more alert and help to prevent accidents involving cars and other vehicles, including industrial vehicles and those driving for business.
Turning a corner when you’re riding a motorcycle is a riskier activity compared to doing so in a car or other vehicle. When considering the risk of an accident, motorcycle riders can face danger due to their own behaviour, but also end up in accidents caused by other people. Some riders may face problems because the approach a bend too quickly, misjudge the curve of the bend, or take a left-hand bend at too wide a distance and collide with something on the other side of the road. Others on the road can also cause accidents, cutting the bend or losing control and colliding with the rider. Certain roads around the UK can be particularly dangerous to riders due to lots of bends and poor visibility.
Poor road conditions can also cause problems and lead to a motorcycle accident. Poor weather conditions can contribute to this, making riders especially vulnerable. Some of the issues on the road that can lead to motorbike accidents include gravel, mud, faulty manhole covers and other issues with the road’s surface. These issues can make it difficult for motorcyclists to remain in control of their motorcycle. Some of these problems could be cause for making a claim for compensation if an accident occurs.
Sometimes, motorcyclists are the cause of accidents on the road. However, it’s other road users who are overwhelmingly at fault when a motorbike accident occurs. The majority of incidents involve other road users, with more than 13,000 of 19,534 accidents that occurred in 2010 having happened at junctions. Many drivers are guilty of pulling out of a junction without first checking to see if there are any motorcycles, or misjudging the speed or distance of the motorbike if they do see it.
There are many things that can cause an accident on a motorcycle. While some accidents involve just the rider, many others are caused by others on the road. Even accidents involving just the motorcycle rider could be the fault of another person or organisation due to damage to the road or an obstacle. Many riders involved in an accident can benefit from legal advice if they feel that they want to make a claim for compensation after an injury.
A motorbike accident could cause a range of problems for anyone involved in one. Riders can sustain injuries of different types and severity, as well as end up with damage to their motorbike. With more than 300 fatalities a year, an accident could even end in death, with over 1% of accidents in 2016 involving a fatality. Even when it is not a fatal accident, the results of a motorbike accident can be life changing.
There are various injuries that are common for people involved in motorcycle accidents, which might lead to a wish to make a claim. Whiplash claims are common for motorcycle accidents, although many people might associate whiplash more with car accidents. Whiplash is a loss of movement, pain or stiffness in the neck, and might not always immediately be apparent. It can take a few hours or even days before the symptoms become obvious.
Other injuries that lead to compensation claims include broken bones and more serious injuries to the spine or head. While fatal injuries might not be common, they are a risk. In a fatal accident, the deceased’s family may be able to make a claim for compensation. Life-threatening injuries such as amputation or brain injuries might not result in death, but could lead to the need for rehabilitation and can be life changing.
After a motorcycle accident, it’s always important to receive medical attention. You might not realise that you have sustained any injuries if you don’t feel any pain or see anything immediately obvious. However, some injuries might not make themselves known until later. When you seek medical attention, you can make sure that you receive the care that you need. It also ensures that you have evidence of your injuries, which can be used if you want to seek compensation.
The consequences of a motorbike accident can be far reaching. A fatal accident not only takes the life of the motorbike rider but also affects the family that they leave behind. When the rider is injured, even if their injuries will soon heal, it can affect their life in a variety of ways. A motorcycle accident can affect you for months, years or even the rest of your life.
In the UK, many of your medical costs are likely to be taken care of by the NHS. However, you might have some private medical costs, or you could have costs associated with your medical treatment. For example, you might need to pay for travel to medical appointments. Being injured could mean that you need to pay for extra needs that you have to meet, such as special equipment or adjustments that you need to make to your life.
Another consequence of your injuries could be that you have to take time off work or could even be unable to continue doing your job. A loss of wages or ability to work could be something that you are able to claim compensation for in a motorcycle accident claim. Making a claim for compensation could mean that you are awarded damages to help pay for various costs incurred by a motorbike accident, particularly when you experience serious injuries that have a significant impact on your life.
If you have been in a motorbike accident and you believe that you were not at fault, you might be able to make a claim for compensation. Speaking to a solicitor specialising in serious injuries can get you the advice and information that you require to make a decision about putting in a claim. MRH Solicitors has helped many clients secure the compensation that they are entitled to after accidents.
You might be able to get compensation after a motorcycle accident if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence and it has cost you money. People make accident claims for whiplash, serious injuries, and fatalities. There are some things that you should know if you want to make a claim for a personal injury. The first is that if you want to make a claim on the basis of negligence, the time limit for this is 3 years. This means that court proceedings must start within three years of the injury, although the time limit can sometimes be extended by the court. You should take action as soon as possible if you want to try and secure compensation.
Every case is different, but it can be useful if you have evidence of your injury and how it happened. This could range from a video of your riding your bike to medical evidence. A meeting with a solicitor will help you to determine if you have a case and whether you have a good chance of getting compensation.
If you want to make a claim for compensation after sustaining an injury from a motorcycle accident, your first step should be to contact a solicitor. Solicitors are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which you can check if you want to be certain that a solicitor is trustworthy. MRH Solicitors is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, with a number given to us by the authority is recognition of this. When you have chosen a solicitor who you would like to meet, you can get in touch, arrange to meet them and discuss your case with them.
At MRH Solicitors, we offer home visits within 24 hours of you getting in touch. By coming to your home, we can ensure that you are able to be comfortable while we discuss your case. We treat all of our clients with respect and speak to you with honesty to ensure you understand how we can help you. We have secured multi-million pound settlements for some of our clients, and may be able to provide you with the legal assistance that you need to be awarded the compensation that you require.
To receive compensation for a motorcycle accident, your solicitors will need to be able to show that someone else is at fault for your injuries. They will also need to show that your injuries incurred costs for you and that the negligent party should be responsible for covering these costs. You can claim for general damages or special damages. General damages are based on medical evidence and how your injuries affect you now and in the future. Special damages are intended to put you back into the financial position that you were in before the accident. Any evidence that you are able to provide in regards to monetary losses can help you.
Your solicitor will gather any evidence that is needed to support your case, and you can help by providing any evidence that you might think is useful. We can also collect evidence such as witness statements or information from your employer about any work you have missed, as well as medical evidence. Not all compensation claims require court proceedings, and the case might be settled without the need for court. However, if it is appropriate, your solicitor can also issue court proceedings to help ensure you get the compensation that you deserve.
If the defendant or their insurer admits that they are liable to pay you compensation, the next step is to negotiate a settlement. However, if liability is denied, the defendant will need to provide their own reasons for doing so and evidence to support their position. We would then investigate their claims and dispute them to try to secure an admission of liability and compensation.
A medical report will detail the severity of your injuries, with an expert’s opinion on how long they will last and how they will affect your life, from limited mobility to the pain you experience. A schedule of special damages sets out how you have been impacted financially. Negotiating the settlement amount with the defendant will often mean that there is no need to go to court.
Every claim for compensation after a motorcycle accident is different, so there is no set amount that you could secure through a claim for compensation. The amount that you might be able to claim for your case depends on the costs that you are claiming for, such as any medical costs that your injuries might have incurred or loss of wages. When you speak to one of our solicitors, we might be able to give you an idea of the settlement that we can get for you. We have worked on accident claims that have resulted in settlements of multiple millions. However, the compensation that you might be able to receive will depend on your particular set of circumstances.
A solicitor cannot guarantee anything for you but, like MRH Solicitors, they can often offer to pursue your case on a no win, no fee basis. This means that if you do not get the result that you want, you won’t have to pay any fees. The important thing to remember is that the compensation that is agreed upon will help to cover the costs of the financial impact and injuries caused by your accident. These things will be different for everyone, so it’s important to discuss with a solicitor what you might be able to claim.
As mentioned above, the two main things that you can claim for are compensation based on how the injuries you have sustained have affected you until now and how they will impact you in the future, as well as the financial impact that you have suffered. You can make a claim for compensation for anything that falls under these two categories, which could be a wide variety of costs.
For example, someone who has suffered a brain injury might be able to make a claim for a loss of wages if they are unable to continue working in the same area of business as they did previously. Amputation claims might help with the costs of rehabilitation, or perhaps the cost of adaptive equipment for the claimant’s home or vehicle. Someone might be able to make a claim for the cost of a vehicle required to get to work while they are injured, or perhaps on lost wages while recovering from whiplash. In some cases, the impact of an injury might be complicated further by a misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosis can mean that you don’t receive the correct treatment or that your treatment is delayed. If you have been affected by a misdiagnosis, it could be included in your claim.
If you think that you have damages that you want to make a claim for, get in touch with a solicitor today to find out what compensation could cover.
When you want to make a claim for compensation, including claims for brain injury, whiplash claims, claims for pain, rehabilitation, and more, you should speak to a solicitor as soon as possible. Remember that you need to start your claim before the three-year time limit runs out after your accident. It will be easier to ensure you have all of the necessary evidence, the sooner you make your claim. For example, collecting accurate and reliable witness statements will be easier. You are also more likely to have any records that might be useful, such as receipts and invoices.
The first thing that you should do if you want to make a claim for compensation is get in touch with a solicitor. At MRH Solicitors, you can start your claim by filling in our contact form and letting us know what sort of claim you want to make. We can call you back to discuss your case, and can visit your home to see you in person and offer you professional legal advice. You can also call us directly on 01204 540880 if you want to speak to someone right away.
Whenever you are dealing with matters of the law, it is important to seek legal advice. A solicitor who specialises in the correct area of law and has experience with similar cases is the best option. Personal injury is a tricky area to navigate so, if you want to make a claim for compensation after being knocked off your motorbike, you should make sure that you find a qualified and experienced solicitor.
When you meet with your solicitor, you might want to ask them some important questions to ensure they are the right choice for you. You can ask them about the experience that they have with cases like yours, and how successful they have been in the past. Be sure to look for a solicitor like MRH Solicitors with extensive experience and proven successes relating to motorcycle accidents. You should also ask about fees and how you will be billed. If you are billed on a no win, no fee basis, it means that if you don’t receive any compensation, you won’t have to pay any fees. There are no upfront costs in these cases, making it in your solicitor’s best interests to win your case for you.
Talk to your solicitor about how they will approach your case, and what you can expect in terms of compensation. They should give you a realistic but positive outlook if they want to take on your case. Although they can’t provide an exact figure for how much compensation you can claim, you can often receive a ballpark number.
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