You were told that anything could happen on the road and that staying alert and focused at all times must become second nature. For many of us, riding a motorbike is a fun and practical way of getting around. Unfortunately, though, road accidents still happen.
Motorcyclists, in particular, have high injury rates, despite making up only 1% of total road traffic in the UK. According to government statistics, on average nearly 100 riders suffer serious injuries in road accidents per week in the UK. It’s no surprise then that as personal injury claim solicitors we receive numerous enquiries from motorcyclists who wish to claim for compensation.
When you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, your number one priority should always be to look after the well-being of everyone at the scene. Administer first-aid if needed, call medical assistance immediately, preserve the scene and wait until help arrives. Once that is taken care of, there are a number of steps you can follow that can make it easier for you to make a personal injury claim should you choose to do so. Here’s what you should remember:
Call the police
Call the police to report the accident. If you fail to do this, you won’t be able to make a personal injury compensation claim later on. You can report the accident in person within 24 hours of it happening. However, according to transport minister Jesse Norman, this system might change in the near future to allow drivers to submit claims online.
Jot down the facts
Take note of your exact location, the time your accident took place, and the weather conditions. These are essential details for processing the claim.
Collect everyone’s contact details, including those of any witnesses. Make sure to note down all the number plates, the colour and model of the vehicles and if the other drivers do not own their cars, ask for more information. If someone leaves the scene without exchanging details, call the police.
Document the accident by taking photographs, if you can. Many motorcyclists own GoPros or other types of action cameras that they mount onto their helmets to record their surroundings in case an accident happens.
Go to the hospital
In addition to getting urgent medical treatment, hospital staff will document your injuries in a report. This report will play a vital role in a personal injury compensation claim.
When your injury is the result of another driver’s negligence, you’ll typically have three years to make a compensation claim. Romain Coleman’s team of qualified solicitors can take you through the motorcycle accident claims process to ensure that you know how the system works and the best compensation deal you can expect. We’re also members of the British Bikers Association, so you can be sure we speak your language.
Call us today on 0208 520 4555 for a free initial consultation and discuss your accident with us, free from any obligation.