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A motorcycle accident can result in serious injuries, cause expensive damage to your motorcycle, and affect your confidence on the road, and many drivers are not tuned in to look out for them, particularly at junctions.
As a motorcyclist, you should not have to take any risks that other road users do not have to worry about, especially not because of the lack of care of these road users. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. Doing so can help you to recover any funds that you lost due to expensive medical care, lost income, or making repairs to your motorcycle. It will also compensate you for any pain and suffering you experienced due to the severity of your injuries.
To learn more, browse the information below and consider calling the motorcycle accidents experts at Ramsdens Solicitors. We will discuss your situation over the phone and help you to understand your options. All of our personal injury claims are no win, no fee, meaning you face no financial risk when choosing to pursue compensation for a motorcycle accident with us. Call us today on 01484 821 500, or fill out an online contact form and we will be in touch at a time convenient for you.
Ramsdens Solicitors offers comprehensive legal support for motorcycle accident victims. We have a dedicated team of experienced personal injury solicitors who specialise in motorcycle accident claims. When you first call us, we will hold an initial consultation to understand the circumstances of your accident, assess the potential for a claim, and advise you on the best course of action. Our team will gather all the necessary evidence to support your claim and represent you in all negotiations with the opposing party or their insurer.
If it is necessary to take your claim to court, our experienced solicitors will represent you in court throughout the legal proceedings, guiding you through each step.
Ramsdens has decades of experience in handling personal injury claims from road traffic accidents, including motorcycle injuries and fatalities. We understand the stress that can arise when motorcycle accidents occur and will work with you to provide you with the service you require.
The amount of compensation you may receive following a motorcycle accident varies greatly depending on the severity of your injuries, the impact on your life, and any financial losses you have incurred. These can include loss of earnings, medical expenses, costs for future care and support, and expenses for damage to your motorcycle. Compensation for pain, suffering, and loss of amenity is also factored into the total.
The exact sum can only be estimated once all these elements have been thoroughly assessed.
Motorcycle accident compensation includes various elements designed to restore your financial position to what it would have been had the accident not occurred.
Please note that each case is unique and the specific elements that can be claimed for will depend on the individual circumstances of your accident. For an estimate of how much you may be able to claim, call our motorcycle accidentl experts today.
We offer a no win, no fee service for all of our personal injury claims, including motorcycle accident claims. This means you will not have to personally pay any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful. If your claim is successful, a portion of your compensation will be deducted as a contribution towards our fees. This approach is designed to reduce your financial risk and make the process of seeking compensation as accessible as possible.
In most cases, the personal injury claim process follows a general structure:
You may be eligible to receive interim compensation payments. This can be extremely helpful in cases where you have suffered significant injuries and are facing immediate financial difficulties, such as inability to work, ongoing medical treatment costs, or a need for urgent care or rehabilitation.
Interim payments are made at the discretion of the court or the agreement of the party at fault, and typically occur when liability has been admitted but the final settlement amount is still being negotiated or awaiting court approval. At Ramsdens Solicitors, we understand the importance of interim payments in easing financial pressure during your recovery and will strive to secure them where possible.
During our initial consultation, we will aim to understand your condition and recommend support structures for your recovery during the claims process. Your condition may warrant early rehabilitation, and we can look to assist with this in accordance with the Rehabilitation Code and the requirement for an Initial Needs Assessment (INA).
However, the most important way in which we can help you is by claiming the compensation you are entitled to and helping you to understand the purpose of it. Your compensation will not only help you to cover any costs you have incurred due to your injuries; it can also help you to seek further support and adaptations that you may need, but which were previously out of your financial scope. These may include changes to your living situation, travel provisions and therapy for your physical or mental health.
The symptoms of a serious motorcycle accident injury can vary widely based on the specific type of injury sustained, and can involve a range of physical, cognitive and emotional changes. Here are some common symptoms associated with specific types of serious injuries:
These symptoms can emerge immediately following a motorcycle accident, or they may develop over time. Some symptoms, particularly those of serious internal injuries or traumatic brain injuries, may not be immediately apparent. It is vital to seek immediate medical attention after a motorcycle accident, even if you do not initially feel seriously injured. A thorough medical evaluation can detect any serious injuries and underlying conditions, ensure you receive appropriate treatment, and provide vital documentation for any subsequent legal claims.
Motorcycle accident personal injury claims can typically be made in a range of situations where you have been injured due to the fault of another party. These situations can include:
In all of these cases, it is essential to prove that the other party was at fault and that your injuries were a direct result of the accident.
You can make a motorcycle accident claim on behalf of someone else in certain circumstances. These include:
At Ramsdens Solicitors, we can assist you in making a claim on behalf of another person, providing guidance and support throughout the process.
Motorcycle accident compensation is typically paid by the insurance company of the party at fault for the accident.
If the accident was caused by another motorist, for instance, their motor insurance company would be responsible for paying the compensation. If the accident was caused by a road defect, the body responsible for maintaining the road would typically be liable to pay compensation. This may be a local council or highways agency.
In cases where the other party is uninsured or cannot be traced, as in a hit-and-run accident, claims can be made through the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB). The MIB is funded by insurance companies and was established to compensate victims in these situations.
Many motorbike accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers, but they can also be caused by rider error and other issues.
We have helped clients to claim compensation for motorcycle accidents caused by:
We have also handled a variety of claims made by those riding pillion on a motorcycle who have been injured through no fault of their own.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, and you are unsure of where to go next, call us for a no-obligation conversation about your situation and your options. Our expert legal team will be happy to advise you.
After a motorcycle accident, it is critical to follow these steps:
In the UK's legal system, road and motorcycle accident injuries are typically classified into three categories based on severity:
The classification of an injury will influence the amount of compensation awarded from a general damages perspective, with more serious injuries typically warranting higher compensation amounts. However, every case is unique, and the exact amount you could receive will depend on the individual circumstances of the claim.
If it can be demonstrated that the authority responsible for maintaining the road - usually a local authority or highways agency - failed in its duty to maintain the road, then a claim can be made against them. Potholes, debris, or inadequate signage are examples of poor maintenance that can lead to serious motorcycle accidents.
These claims can be complex, as it needs to be shown that the authority was aware, or should have been aware, of the problem and had sufficient time to resolve it before the accident occurred. At Ramsdens Solicitors, we have experience in handling such claims and can provide expert guidance in this area
In the UK, you generally have three years to make a personal injury claim. Ramsdens deals with any valid claim under a no win, no fee approach. As long as you bring your claim within the three-year time limit following your accident, you can make a no win, no fee motorcycle accident claim with us.
There are a few exceptions to the three-year time limit:
Claiming compensation is essential following a motorcycle accident as you should not have to pay for costs that you incurred due to no fault of your own.