Motorcycle accident claim
There are over a million people traveling by motorcycle in Great Britain, and though motorcyclists are involved in far less accidents than other road users, it is all too apparent that when a collision does take place, the injuries suffered are usually more severe, and fatalities are far more likely – that is why specialist legal advice must be sought when bringing a personal injury motorcycle accident claim in order to seek compensation for losses, expenses and injuries as a motorcyclist after a motorbike accident.
Under the Highway Code motorcyclists are specifically recognised as ‘vulnerable road users’, however, it is clear that other road users still do not pay enough attention, and that traveling on a fast and agile two-wheeler amongst other traffic still represents a disproportionate risk to motorcyclists, considering that year on year statistics show that even though motorcyclists usually make up only around 1% of all road users, they are involved in around 20% of road traffic accidents meaning a high risk of suffering a motorcycle accident injury.
Motorcyclists are particularly at risk of being injured in an accident, as their body is more at risk to a direct impact as you are not protected by an external structure, meaning that motorcycle accident injuries are usually more severe, making motorbike accident claims more complex, and motorbike injury compensation, and therefore motorcycle claims generally, a serious issue for insurers and solicitors alike. A motorbike injury claim will be vigorously defended by an insurer if the see any weakness on the part of a solicitor.
The risk of sustaining severe injuries and permanent debilitating conditions is very high, with around 2% of accidents leading to fatalities, overall, the most recent UK Government statistics show that out of over 13’000 annual incidents involving motorcyclists, nearly 300 involved fatalities, over 4000 suffered serious injuries, and nearly 9000 suffered slight injuries.
What are the most common types of motorcycle accident?
In contrast with car accident statistics, the numbers do not indicate that the age of a motorcyclist is a contributing factor, which could indicate that the skill of the motorcyclist does not correlate to the likelihood of an accident taking place, and that the key factor is actually the skills and wariness of other road users. The most common type of accident tends to be 1 car (around 63% of incidents) at a junction (around 35% of incidents), and the main contributory factors for both drivers and riders at fault being failing to look properly, failing to judge the other persons path or speed, undertaking a poor turn or manoeuvre, or being careless, reckless or in a hurry.
Motorcyclists know all too well that the (lack of) knowledge and skills of others, as well as poor road conditions and other factors can have an impact on your life, and that as a motorcyclist, the ramifications of being involved in a road traffic accident will likely be more severe and potentially life-threatening, causing life altering situations for both you as the motorcyclists and your families and friends.