Motorbike Accident Claim Tips from Biker Solicitors
Our Motorbike Accident Solicitors, some of whom who are bikers themselves, always want to help our clients get the maximum amount of compensation they’re entitled to. So in this article, we share some tips on how to increase your chances of getting the best possible compensation settlement, if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident.
We have many years’ experience in helping injured bikers claim compensation after an accident that wasn’t their fault. For example:
For a free consultation and legal advice contact our Motorbike Accident Solicitors and we’ll be happy to discuss your claim. Ask if we can deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Motorbike Accident Claim Tips
Get Medical Attention Straight Away
You should go to hospital or see a doctor as soon as possible even if you think you’re not injured, as you may have sustained injuries without knowing it.
Seeing a doctor is also important from a legal point of view. That’s because the medical staff treating you will make a record of your injuries and treatment, containing key information such as what type of care you were given and how long this was provided for.
This can be invaluable in your motorbike accident claim as your Solicitor is building your case and this information will help them to calculate the right amount of compensation to be claimed.
Collect Evidence at the Accident
If you can do so safely, try to gather evidence from the accident scene as soon as it’s happened. This can include photos of the location, any marks on the road caused by the accident, photos of your bike that show how badly it’s been damaged and images of any accident debris, such as broken bike or vehicle parts, street lights or traffic signs, as this can all help to show evidence of what happened to you.
You should also get the contact and insurance details of the other drivers involved in the accident, as well as their vehicle registration number, and if possible, the details of anyone who witnessed the accident.
We know that if you’ve been severely injured in your motorbike accident, you won’t have been able gather this evidence. In this case, we may be able to obtain evidence such as CCTV cameras that have recorded what happened.
Report the Accident to the Police
A police report will be further proof that an accident took place and a document of where, when and what exactly happened.
Get a Specialist Solicitor to Represent You
Don’t accept any legal representation that’s offered to you by an insurer, or be tempted to settle your claim without getting any independent legal advice whatsoever. If you’re offered a compensation settlement by the other side, it’s unlikely that you’ll get the full amount of compensation and rehabilitation support you’d actually be entitled to.
A specialist Motorbike Accident Solicitor will examine the impact of your accident in full, using their expert knowledge to assess everything from your medical prognosis, and damages to your bike, to any loss of earnings you’ve experienced.
While settling a claim by yourself could be quicker, this can be a false economy, and you could soon realise you’ve accepted an amount that does little to actually address your problems.
If the Other Side Doesn’t Accept Liability
Don’t give up. Going through legal channels to claim compensation can seem extremely daunting, so it can be tempting to give up if it doesn’t seem to be going your way. For instance, the other party may deny liability (fault), or even argue that you were partly responsible for the accident.
But that doesn’t mean the end of your claim. If necessary, we can pursue your claim in Court, but we should stress this only happens in a small handful of cases. And if the other party believes you should accept a share of the liability, you can still claim on that basis, accepting a slightly reduced compensation package. We call this Shared Liability.
Don’t Put Off Making a Claim
A motorbike accident claim must be brought within 3 years of the date that the accident took place. By approaching a Solicitor sooner rather than later, you can concentrate on your recovery, while your Solicitor gets on with putting together your case as soon as possible.
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