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Can I sue after motorcycle accident?
The short answer to this question is yes. After being involved in a motorcycle accident, and suffering from injuries, you have the option to make a motorcycle accident claim formotorbike accident compensation. This will be done with a specialist road traffic accident solicitor, such as MG Legal, and allows you to receive motorbike accident compensation to rebuild your life after being injured in a motorcycle accident.
How to begin a motorcycle accident claim for compensation?
After being injured in a motorcycle accident, you might be wondering ‘how do I make a Motorcycle Accident Claim?’. The first step with any injury claim is to get in touch with a specialist solicitor who can help with your motorcycle accident claim. Here at MG Legal, our motorcycle accident claims solicitors have over 30 years of experience in motorcycle accident claims, and are here to help you obtain motorbike accident compensation.
Am I eligible to make a motorcycle accident claim?
The key to all personal injury claims, including motorcycle accident claims, is that you must be able to prove that your injuries were caused by somebody else.
This could mean-
Motorcycle accident claims for reckless driving- these claims make up most motorcycle accident claims. This is where another road user has acted recklessly or negligently in their driving, which has led to the road traffic accident causing you injury.
Motorcycle accident claims against the council- in these claims, you must prove that the motorcycle accident, and subsequent injury, was caused by negligence on the part of the council. This could be for potholes in the road, uneven road surfaces, faulty lighting, or a number of other factors.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in the last three years, and believe that the incident was the fault of another road user or local authority, you could be eligible to make a motorcycle accident claim. For more information on your specific injuries and accident, contact MG Legal today to discuss your potential motorcycle accident claim with a solicitor.
How much is my motorcycle accident claim worth?
If you are looking into how much your potential motorcycle accident claim may be worth, it is important to remember that each claim is valued on an individual basis. Part of the compensation involved is known as special damages, and is calculated based on your individual situation. This can often make up the large majority of motorcycle accident claims. See more on this here.
For your injuries alone, without special damages, you could be awarded motorbike accident compensation for pain and suffering in your motorcycle accident claim. The below table outlines the guidance offered by the Judicial College on these injuries.
Type of injury:
Maximum compensation available:
Very severe brain damage after a motorcycle accident
Moderate brain damage caused by a motorcycle accident
Less severe brain damage after a motorcycle accident
Severe back injuries- with damage to the spinal chord and nerve roots
Moderate back injuries because of a motorcycle accident
Minor back injuries after a motorcycle accident
Loss of one leg because of a motorcycle accident
Severe leg injuries after a motorcycle accident
Less severe leg injuries due to a motorcycle accident
Serious motorcycle accident claims:
November 13, 2021- A motorcyclist was tragically killed in a motorbike accident in Bristol. The motorbike accident was between a motorbike and a car, leading to the death of the motorcyclist in the fatal motorbike accident.
October 29, 2021- In the afternoon of October 29, a motorcyclist in Cambridgeshire lost his life after being involved in a motorcycle accident with two other cars. The motorcyclist unfortunately died as a result of the motorcycle collision, which is thought by police to have been caused by dangerous driving and driving under the influence of drugs by another car driver.
October 20, 2021- In October, a road traffic accident involving a motorcycle left one motorcyclist left with serious injuries. The motorcycle accident took place on the southbound M23, and an investigation was opened regarding the cause of the motorcycle accident. It is thought that the male motorcyclist was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after the motorcycle accident.
The above incidents clearly show the risk of serious injury that motorcyclists face when being involved in a motorcycle accident. It is for this reason that they are considered to be vulnerable road users in the eyes of the law, along with pedestrians and cyclists. Our motorcycle accident solicitors regularly work with injured clients who have been injured in motorcycle accidents that were not their fault.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in the last three years, and are looking to make a personal injury claim for motorbike accident compensation, do not hesitate to get in touch with our specialist motorcycle accident solicitors today for a free no-obligation consultation.
Can I make a motorcycle accident claim if I was partly to blame for the accident?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, and the motorcycle accident was partly your fault, you could still be eligible to make a personal injury claim for your injuries. In this situation, our personal injury solicitors would settle your no win no fee personal injury claim in the usual way, and if there is any degree of contributory negligence or a ‘split liability' claim, then you receive your compensation, an agreed amount, depending on how ‘at fault’ you were for the accident.
These claims work in much the same way as regular motorcycle accident claims, with a designated road traffic accident solicitor for your claim, but your designated solicitor will negotiate in order to establish how much of the blame is placed on you for the motorcycle accident, which will determine how much of the overall compensation you are entitled to.
However, our no win no fee personal injury solicitors know that most split liability and contributory negligence claims are open to negotiation, and whilst it might not always be possible to obtain a full non-fault outcome in your motorcycle accident claim, our team of road traffic accident solicitors are highly experienced in obtaining the best possible settlement for our clients, as well as minimising any contributory negligence that is placed on them- and we will always do our best to ensure you receive the maximum possible financial compensation for your motorcycle accident claim.
These types of claims require a specialist road traffic accident solicitor, such as MG Legal, with a large amount of experience in complex motorcycle accident claims. To learn more about how our team can help you with a split liability motorcycle accident claim, simply get in touch online, here, and a solicitor will get back to you within one working hour.
Complex motorcycle accident claims:
Here at MG Legal, our motorcycle accident solicitors know just how serious accidents can be for motorcyclists, and how life-changing the injuries can be. Our motorcycle accident solicitors regularly work on motorcycle accident claims for clients who have been left with complicated pain issues, care needs, and impacted quality of life due to their motorcycle accident. These claims can be complicated, and huge in size, and require the work of specialist motorcycle accident solicitors who genuinely know how to navigate through the process, and get you the best medical care possible.
Many of our motorcycle accident claim clients are left with life-shattering long-term effects after their motorcycling accident, including loss of senses, loss of brain function, and broken, or amputated limbs. While these physical injuries are bad enough, the further impact that these realities can have on our clients’ lives is huge. Whether it is an inability to carry on working in a particular profession or career path, inability to care for children, or struggle with forming meaningful relationships, there is truly no way to measure just how much a motorcycling accident can affect our clients’ lives.
If you or your loved one have suffered from life-changing injuries after a motorcycling accident, that was not your fault, and are looking for a specialist, reliable solicitor to guide you through the complex claims process and obtain the justice and financial compensation that you deserve, we are here to help. To discuss your specific claim on a free, no-obligation basis, and learn more about the motorcycle accident claims process, simply contact our no win no fee solicitors online here and speak to a no win no fee personal injury solicitor within one working hour.
Recover the maximum financial losses with MG Legal:
One big part of motorcycle accident claims, that many of our clients fail to consider or even know about when they come to us, is the ability to recover any financial losses that you and your family have suffered as a result of your motorcycle accident. This includes any loss of earnings, medical costs, care costs and the repairing, or in many cases, the replacement cost of your motorcycle. These losses are known as special damages, and can be claimed on top of the compensation for your actual injuries.
Special damages are calculated on an entirely individual basis, depending on your specific situation and lifestyle. When you work with MG legal on your motorcycle accident claim, you can rest assured that we will leave no stone unturned when it comes to discovering any of the potential damages that could be included in your motorcycle accident claim. We often work with clients and value their claim at much higher than previous solicitors they have worked with, because we always make sure to take the time to uncover any missing damages, and know exactly what we are looking for.
Who is liable in a motorcycle accident claim?
As with all road traffic accidents, the key to motorcycle accident claims is establishing liability, and who was to blame for the accident. When we build your motorcycle accident claim, your designated road traffic accident solicitor will be working to establish that the other party involved in the accident was liable.
If the other party, such as a car driver, or the council, was at fault for the accident, and this can be proven in a motorcycle accident claim, you will be able to obtain motorbike accident compensation for your injuries. Under UK law, motorcyclists are classed as Vulnerable Road Users, meaning that they are more likely to suffer from serious injuries if they are involved in a road traffic accident. Because of this, motorcycle accident claims can often be very large, and our clients can win a huge sum of money for their motorcycle accident claims when they are settled. To learn more about how we can help you, get in touch with MG Legal today, here.
How long does a motorcycle road traffic accident injury take to settle?
Every personal injury claim is different, and the length of time to settlement, depends upon the injuries sustained, and if the third party admits liability for the road traffic accident. Unfortunately, injuries sustained to motorcyclists and their passengers in motorcycle accidents, are usually more serious, and range from, at the very least road burns, cuts, and scars, to more serious , often life-changing injuries to the upper body, neck, spine and broken legs and ankles.
Hit and run motorcycle accident claims:
In the large majority of motorcycle accident claims, as with all road traffic accident claims, the other party involved in the accident is easily identifiable and remains at the scene. However, this is not always the case. These motorcycle accidents, where the at-fault party flees the scene without stopping, are known as ‘hit and run’ accidents.
Many of our clients come to us after being injured in a hit and run motorcycle accidents, and are unsure as to whether they are able to make a no win no fee motorcycle accident claim with us for their injuries, as they do not have the name or contact details of the other party involved.
However, our solicitors specialising in motorcycle accident claims know that this is not the case, and we are well experienced in how motorcycle accident claims can be made using the “Motor Insurers Bureau” (the “MIB”), who provide financial compensation for the victims of uninsured and untraceable drivers.
Who pays in motorcycle accident claims?
Who will pay out for the compensation in your motorcycle accident claim depends on the circumstances of the motorcycle accident claim, and who was to blame. If your injuries and motorcycle accident were caused by another identifiable road user, and took place on a public road, then the insurance company of the at-fault party will pay out for your financial compensation. This means that you do not need to worry about the other party being personally impacted by your claim, or having to pay out with their own money for your financial compensation.
If, as previously mentioned, the other driver who caused your motorcycle accident injuries is uninsured or untraceable, then you could still be able to make a no win no fee motorcycle accident claim for your injuries, and obtain financial compensation. This will be paid by the “Motor Insurers Bureau” (the “MIB”), whose funds are reserved for this very reason.
Motorcycle accident claims for accidents caused by potholes:
Whether it’s potholes, cracks, or broken surfaces, poor road conditions can play a huge part in road traffic accidents, and can be the direct cause of motorcycle accidents. Under the 1980 Highways Act, your local authority has a duty of care to ensure that highways are properly maintained and kept safe for road users. For motorways, this responsibility lies with the Highways Agency. This means that wherever you have been injured on the roads in a motorcycle accident, someone was responsible for the maintenance and safety of that road surface. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that was caused by potholes or poor road conditions, then our specialist solicitors can help you to make a no win no fee motorcycle accident claim against the authority involved who was responsible for the maintenance of the road. Simply contact us online here to speak to a solicitor within one working hour about your potential claim, on a free no obligation basis.
Can I make a motorcycle accident claim on behalf of someone else?
Here at MG Legal, our motorcycle accident solicitors know all too well the devastating effects that motorcycle accidents can have on those involved, and the extent of the injuries caused. Some of our clients that have been injured in motorcycle accidents have sufered serious head and brain injuries, and other catastrophic injuries which make it impossible for them to make an injury claim for themselves. When this is the case, motorcycle accident claims for financial compensation can be made by somebody else, on behalf of the injured party. This is known as a Litigation Friend, and MG Legal are here to help if you are looking to make a no win no fee motorcycle accident claim on behalf of an injured relative or friend as a Litigation Friend. To speak to a specialist solicitor about making a motorcycle accident claim on someone else’s behalf, do not hesitate to get in touch with our specialist no win no fee solicitors online here, and speak to us on a free, no-obligation basis within one working hour.
Consider a ‘second opinion’ from our motorcycle accident solicitors:
Here at MG Legal, our motorcycle accident solicitors work every day with clients who have been unsatisfied with the service that they have received from other solicitors, including personal injury solicitors appointed through your insurance. All too often, we see clients who have been mistreated in their motorcycle accident claim, and solicitors who have not taken necessary steps to building a motorcycle accident claim, failed to seek any medical reports, or even wrongly rejected a clients’ motorcycle accident claim, or are trying to convince you that an offer is reasonable, when it is quite obvious to the personal injury solicitors at MG Legal, that the claim is worth a whole lot more.
It is common for those injured in a motorcycle accident to contact our no win no fee solicitors, stating that they are unhappy with the solicitor’s firm they instructed, usually as a result of a recommendation from their own insurer, but believe they cannot change solicitors during a claim, or cannot work with more than one solicitor on a specific motorcycle accident claim.
This could not be further from the truth. If you are currently working with a no win no fee solicitor and are unhappy with the service that they have provided in your motorcycle accident claim, then MG Legal are here to help- transferring your file to our no win no fee solicitors is as easy as you like; all you need to do, is complete a file transfer request that we send you, and we will do the rest. If your solicitor is not knowledgeable in motorcycle accident claims, or is not experienced in claims like yours, then you need to consider getting in touch with a specialist motorcycle accident solicitor, such as MG Legal, in order to ensure that you get the maximum financial compensation in your no win no fee motorcycle accident claim.
Our no win no fee solicitors transfer personal injury files from other solicitors on a weekly basis, and have never failed to drastically increase the offers that were on the table for our clients. Our wonderful reviews speak for themselves. We are not a huge conveyor belt type personal injury firm, so when you instruct our personal injury solicitors for your motorbike accident claim, your matter will be handled, until conclusion, by a qualified personal injury solicitor.
Knocked off motorbike by car motorcycle accident claim:
If you have been knocked off your motorbike by a car, you could obtainmotorbike accident compensation through a motorcycle accident claim. This is provided that you were not at fault for the accident, and that the driver of the car was at least partly at fault. The most common way in which motorcyclists are knocked off their motorbikes by cars is when other drivers fail to see them at junctions, and emerge into them.
According to rule 170 of the UK Highway Code, road users must take extra care when at junctions, including looking out for motorcyclists and other Vulnerable Road Users. When in practice, this is combined with rules 171 and 172 which further specify the need for drivers to come to a complete stop, or prepare to do so, at junctions with either a 'STOP' or a 'Give Way' sign present.
Still, this does not always happen. Many drivers approach junctions at high speeds, and do not allow enough time to look properly and assess the situation of the oncoming traffic before emerging onto a new road. As they are much smaller than cars and other vehicles, motorcyclists, unfortunately, go unnoticed much more often. According to statistics released by the Department for Transport, motorcyclists are the group with the highest fatality rates on our roads, with 336 motorcyclists being killed in 2019, and a further 16,224 being injured.
New updates to the Highway Code in Autumn of 2021 are set to bring more emphasis on the need of drivers to take more care regarding Vulnerable Road Users, and prevent motorcycle accident claims. See more on this here.
If you have been knocked off your motorbike by a car, and are looking to claim motorbike accident compensation for your injuries, get in touch with our road traffic accident solicitors today about your motorcycle accident claim.
Motorcyclist merging traffic or changing lanes claims:
The majority of the Highway Code applies to all road users, rules 159 and 160 are of particular importance to our motorcycle accident claims solicitors. Rule 159 of the Highway Code states that before a vehicle moves from a stationary position the driver of the vehicle must:
use all mirrors to check the road is clear
look round to check the blind spots (the areas you are unable to see in the mirrors)
signal if necessary before moving out
look round for a final check.
Move off only when it is safe to do so
When on the move, Rule 160 states that road users should be aware of other road users, especially cycles and motorcycles who may be filtering through the traffic.
Our road traffic accident solicitors have, on numerous occasions, used Rules 159 and 160 of the Highway Code to settle motorcycle accident claims, in our injured client’s favour. In many of the instances, we obtained witness evidence, confirming that the vehicle causing our injured client to be knocked from their motorcycle, did not indicate prior to changing lanes or pulling out onto a road.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to another road users failure to indicate while changing lanes, you could make a NO WIN NO FEE motorcycle accident claim with our specialist road traffic accident solicitors. Simply contact us today, here, to speak to a specialist solicitor.
How much does it cost to make a motorcycle accident claim with MG Legal?
If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident, whilst riding a motorbike, you’ll be pleased to know that our motorcycle accident solicitors at MG Legal accept all of our motorcycle accident claims on a NO WIN NO FEE basis. This allows our clients to make a motorcycle accident claim for motorbike accident compensation, with no financial risk. When we work in this way, it means that if you make a motorcycle accident claim with us, and we do not winmotorbike accident compensation for you, then you do not owe us a penny.
To learn more about our NO WIN NO FEE agreements, and how they work, see this below:
What do I pay if I win my motorcycle accident claim?
Here at MG Legal, our personal injury solicitors have a success rate of over 99% in all of the no win no fee personal injury claims that we accept. If we successfully settle your no win no fee motorcycle accident claim, then your designated solicitor will receive a success fee of 25% of the motorbike accident compensation that you win. This means that you will keep a minimum of 75% of the financial compensation that we win on your behalf.
What do I pay if I don’t win my motorcycle accident claim?
If your motorcycle accident claim is unable to be settled, then you do not owe us a penny. This means that when you make a no win no fee motorcycle accident claim with our team, you will do so at no financial risk.
Can I make a motorcycle accident claim if I was speeding?
The problem of speed, and suspected speeding, is one of the biggest issues that our no win no fee motorcycle accident solicitors deal with. Speed plays a part in the vast majority of motorcycle accident claims that we work on. Whether this is because our client was speeding at the time of the accident, both parties were speeding, or the at-fault driver claims that our client must have been speeding, as this is the only explanation for why they did not see them.
However, our motorcycle accident solicitors are experts in motorcycle accident claims just like yours, and know how best to handle the question of speed, and evaluate whether or not speed could genuinely impact your motorcycle accident claim. Generally speaking, in the eyes of the law, for speed to be relevant in your motorcycle accident claim, it must have made a direct difference to the accident circumstances and how it happened. This means that it depends on your specific motorcycle accident claim as to whether or not the speed at which you were travelling will play a part in the outcome of your motorcycling accident claim. If calculations are done to determine speed, and it is assessed that this played a part in the outcome and severity of the motorcycling accident, then it could impact the amount that you are eligible to claim for in your no win no fee motorcycling accident claim. But remember, speed must be calculated properly- the statement of witnesses to a motorcycle road traffic accident who says a party was speeding, cannot be given any credibility, if they did not have any speed monitoring equipment. To think that a party to a road traffic accident was speeding, just because it looked like they were, is not enough to prove speed played a part in a collision.
If there is evidence, such as tyre-marks, or the police have recorded your speed with a speed gun, or something similar, that speed did play a part in causing the road traffic accident, then all is not lost. In cases like this, it is often the case that your claim will be made through the process of split liability, where you take some of the blame for the outcome due to the speed you were riding at. To learn more about split liability claims from our specialist solicitors, see this here.
What to do after a motorcycle accident:
Over the last 30 years of specialising in motorcycle accident claims, our no win no fee solicitors have offered expert advice to clients and potential clients on how to pursue a motorcycle accident claim, and what to do after being injured in a motorcycle accident. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, the following steps could help to build a successful motorcycle accident claim for compensation:
1. Exchange details with others involved-
While there might not be any obvious damage to the vehicles, or injury to any party immediately after the motorcycle accident, you should never leave the scene of a motorcycle accident without getting any information from the other party involved. Even if another party involved claims that there has been no damage or injuries as a result of the incident, and you feel fine immediately after your motorcycle accident, this is not to say you won’t feel aches and pains, or even be diagnosed with a fractured bone, in the days following your motorcycle accident, at which point you will regret not getting the details of others involved. If you don’t get the details of the party at fault, you may not be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
It is always best to stay calm while speaking to the other road users involved in the accident. Our motorcycle accident solicitors know all too well how important it is to avoid meeting the perceived stereotypes that many people have of motorcyclists as angry and uncooperative riders, who speed in out of nowhere and cause road traffic accidents.
It is your legal obligation as a road user of any kind to openly provide the other parties involved with your details, and you should obtain from the other parties involved:
vehicle details (e.g make and model)
2. Take photos of the scene and any injuries-
While you are still at the scene of your motorcycle accident, it is always a good idea to take photographs of the scene of the accident, as it happened, to show the road layout, the positioning of the vehicles involved, and any road defects or obstructions that played a part in the accident. These photographs can prove vital in a subsequent motorcycle accident claim, and can truly make a difference in helping your no win no fee solicitor to prove your claim and obtain financial compensation.
As well as the photographic evidence of the scene of the motorcycle accident, it can also be a good idea to get as many pictures as you can of your injuries. Try to take regular photos of your injuries, showing how they develop over time, and keep a pain diary outlining how your injuries have impacted your daily life. See more on this here. These photos of your injuries, and outlining of your pain, can prove extremely valuable to your no win no fee motorcycle accident claim.
3. Report the incident to the police where necessary:
It is the case that many motorcycle accidents occur without the police or authorities being made aware that they ever happened. You don't need to report a collision to the police if you've exchanged details, nobody was injured and there are no allegations of driving offences. You must report the collision to the police if you were unable to exchange details at the scene, if anyone was injured, or if you suspect that the other person may have committed a driving offence.
If any kind of injuries have happened as a result of the motorcycle accident, no matter how minor they may seem, the police must be made aware of the accident within 24 hours (or 7 days at the most). This is another legal obligation regarding all road traffic accidents. You cannot rely on any other parties involved reassurance that you don’t need to worry or that they will report the incident, as this is also not allowed. The accident must be reported by each and every party involved.
Report it online- You can report a collision online here. Once you have submitted your form, download a copy for your records and remember to make a note of the form reference number to give to your insurance company.
Report it at a police station- You can also report a collision at a police station. You must make your report as soon as possible within 24 hours of the collision.
4. Get in touch with our motorcycle accident solicitors:
After a motorcycle accident, it is always best to get in touch with a legal expert regarding your accident and injuries as soon as possible, in order to be in the best position to make a no win no fee motorcycle accident claim. Here at MG Legal, our specialist motorcycle accident solicitors have over 30 years of experience in helping clients just like you to get the compensation and justice that you deserve, and we accept all of our claims on a NO WIN NO FEE basis.
If you have suffered injuries of any kind in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, then our no win no fee motorcycle accident solicitors are here to help. Simply contact us online here, and speak to a specialist solicitor within one working hour about your potential claim, how much it might be worth, and how we can help you today.
Motorcycle accident claim for accident caused by a spillage or debris in the road:
Similarly to road defects such as pothotes, motorcyclists are at a much greater risk of being involved in a road traffic accident and obtaining injuries due to debris on highways. The UK highways authorities are responsible for keeping up the safety and quality of our roads. However, when it comes to debris from road traffic accidents and other events, they do not take responsibility. It is up to those involved in the accident to clean away any debris that they may have left in the road.
Still, many small-scale road traffic accidents involving only one car can often go unreported, and those involved often drive away from the scene without taking the time to look for any potential debris left at the scene.
When this happens, along with when other events take place such as oil spillages in the road, it makes it much more likely that another accident will take place as a result of the debris or spillage. It is not uncommon that this second accident will affect a motorcyclist rider, due to their increased vulnerability on the road and inability to avoid obstacles.
If you have been injured due to a spillage or debris in the road, you could be eligible to make a motorcycle accident claim for your injuries. These claims can be complex, and difficult to establish liability, and so require the assistance of a specialist motorcycle accident claims solicitor, such as MG Legal. Contact us today, here, for a free, no-obligation discussion about your motorcycle accident claim.
Liability in motorcycle accident claims:
Our motorcycle accident solicitors are always here to let you know about the legality behind motorcycle accident claims, and the liability underpinning motorcycle accident claims. Many people come to us unsure as to whether they are entitled to any compensation through a motorcycle accident claim, or wondering whether or not they hold any liability in their motorcycle accident. After 30 years working in the personal injury field, and many thousands of road traffic accident claims settled for our injured clients, our motorcycle accident solicitors are well experienced in how liability works in motorcycle accident claims, the common causes of motorcycle accidents, and are experts in how to establish liability in motorcycle accident claims.
Motorcycle liability when filtering and turning:
When it comes to one of the most common types of motorcycle accidents which raises issues of liability with other road users, filtering motorcycle accidents, the 1966 case of Powell v Moody is still commonly used by insurers acting for defendants against motorcyclists. In the Powell v Moody case, a motorcyclist approached two lanes of stationary traffic, and began to overtake and travel past the lines of traffic along the right-hand side. As he did so, a car driver came out of a side road on the other side of the traffic in order to go through a gap in the traffic and turn right onto the main road in the opposite direction. The driver was given a signal to emerge by a driver, but as he inched out of the junction, he collided with the moving motorcyclist.
When this case went to court, and liability was established, the court found that the car driver was 20% to blame, and the motorcyclist was 80% to blame. The judge in the case stated that a road user who makes the decision to jump a queue of stationary vehicles by filtering on the offside was essentially “undertaking an operation fraught with hazard.” The judge noted that choosing to do so must be carried out with great care, because it was always difficult to see “from the offside of a queue of stationary vehicles, gaps in the queue on its nearside from which traffic might emerge.” To speak to a specialist solicitor specialising in no win no fee filtering motorcycle accident claims, on a free, no-obligation basis, contact us online here and speak to a specialist no win no fee solicitor within one working hour about your specific claim.
Liability in overtaking motorcycle accidents:
When it comes to motorcycles colliding while overtaking vehicles, our motorcycle accident solicitors regularly make use of the 2003 case of Pell v Moseley, in which a motorcycle collided with a car that was attempting to turn right out of stationary traffic. The motorcycle claimant approached a stationary line of traffic on a single-lane road and decided to overtake the traffic. From the line of traffic, the other road user intended to turn right out of the traffic, but as she turned she collided with the motorcycle.
When Pell v Moseley first got ruled on by a judge, it was established that the driver was wrong, and the motorcyclist was not given any liability. However, this decision was appealed, and liability was split 50/50 as a result. This meant that both parties were found equally to blame- the driver did not check for the presence of the motorcycle before making her turn. The motorcyclist was found to be negligent, in failing to notice the defendant’s vehicle would have needed to slow down before turning right, despite her failing to indicate.
Liability in motorcycle accidents at junctions:
In the case of Woodham v Turner 2012, a coach driver had stopped at a T-Junction as he was waiting to turn right into a main road. As he waited, a large tractor stopped to the right of the junction and left a gap to let the coach driver out. At the same time, two motorcyclists filtered up the other side of the tractor, and the lead motorcyclist continued driving to pass the tractor. As he did, the coach driver pulled slowly out of the minor road, but collided with the motorcyclist. In this case, it was found that both parties were equally to blame, with 50/50 liability. The coach driver was found to be partly at fault in the accident, failing to wait until there was a smaller vehicle on her right which didn’t obscure her view, rather than the tractor. The motorcyclist was also deemed to have acted negligently in overtaking at a dangerous speed.
These are just some of the landmark cases that our motorcycle accident solicitors use to support and build our clients’ motorcycle accident claims. Our specialist solicitors are well versed on all relevant case law, and regularly keep up to date on new and important cases that can guide our clients’ motorcycle accident claims, how much they might be worth, and how the liability of the accident will be established in their claim.
The Highway Code and Motorcycle accident claims:
As with all road users, motorcyclists are subject to the provisions of the Highway Code and its rules.
The failure of a road user to observe the Code does not necessarily mean that they have been negligent, but can be used in subsequent motorcycle accident claims in order to establish liability.
There are a number of Highway Code Rules which are of particular relevance in motorcycle accident claims:
motorcyclists and pillion passengers are to wear regulation compliant helmets
motorcyclists are to position themselves where drivers can see them in their mirrors
motorcyclists should take care and keep their speed low when filtering in slow-moving traffic speed limits are absolute maximums and do not mean that it is safe to drive at those speeds.
Drivers should reduce their speed when sharing the road with motorcyclists
Drivers should be aware that motorcycles have greater stopping distances
consideration may need to be given to lines and lane markings some of which MUST NOT be crossed or straddled unless safe to do so and others which must not be crossed or straddled unless in an emergency
In slow moving traffic drivers should be aware of cyclists and motorcyclists who may be passing on either side drivers should be aware of other road users, especially cycles and motorcycles who may be filtering through the traffic. These are more difficult to see than larger vehicles and their riders are particularly vulnerable road users should take extra care to look out for motorcyclists at road junctions, when turning right, at crossroads, and when turning left, and at roundabouts.
These rules are just some of the motorcycle-specific rules that are highlighted in the Highway Code. The rules also identify motorcyclists as road users who require extra care, stating that: 'It is often difficult to see motorcyclists and cyclists, especially when they are coming up from behind, coming out of junctions, at roundabouts, overtaking you or filtering through traffic. Always look out for them before you emerge from a junction; they could be approaching faster than you think.”
These things highlighted in the Highway Code show that motorcyclists are vulnerable road users which require care and consideration from other road users in order to prevent accidents and injuries. If you have been injured in a motorcyclist accident, and have sustained injuries of any kind, you could make a motorcycle accident claim for financial compensation today with our solicitors specialising in motorcycle accident claims. Simply contact our specialist no win no fee solicitors today to get your claim started the same working day.
Filtering lane motorcycle accident:
Despite the much higher number of cars on the roads compared to motorbikes, a huge 34% of road traffic accidents happening in filter lanes and at junctions involve motorcycles. When people hear these statistics, it is easy for non-legal experts to assume that this is solely down to reckless driving from motorcyclists; but this is far from the case. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, then contact our specialist motorcycle accident solicitors- we know more than anyone that a huge number of motorcyclists are involved in accidents while using filter lanes, or emerging at junctions, that are not their fault.
MG Legal’s motorcyclist accident solicitors specialise in motorcycle accident claims just like this, and regularly work with clients who have been injured or knocked off their bike at filter lanes or junctions. Our personal injury solicitors have been working on no win no fee personal injury claims involving motorcyclists for a combined total of 30 years. We know the law around filtering is complex, and largely misunderstood by those who are not motorcyclists or solicitors specialising in motorcycle traffic accident cases. To answer the most common question, yes, filtering is legal. The Highway Code offers some generic advice to motorcyclists
regarding filtering, advising that “when filtering in slow-moving traffic, take care and keep your speed low”. While the Highway Code is not technically a form of legislation, our motorcycle accident solicitors know that it is always considered, and utilised alongside case law by the courts in cases involving filtering.
When our specialist motorcycle accident solicitors work on filtering motorcycle accident claims, we use the most up-to-date case-law, to build our clients’ claims. Some of the most common filtering motorcycle accident case law is:
Woodham v Turner (2011) – 70/30 split liability outcome in favour of the biker
Davis v Schrogin (2007) – the biker won in full
Our specialist solicitors are well-informed on these cases, as well as closely following any updated filtering motorcycle accident case law and studying it carefully in order to utilise it where possible as part of our clients’ claims. However, when you work with our specialist motorcycle accident solicitors, your designated solicitor will use a lot more than case law to build your claim. We know that all claims are different, and will go above and beyond to build your specific filtering motorcycle accident claim based on the individual facts.
Motorcyclist accident claims for being hit while stationary:
Whether you are stopped at traffic lights, waiting to turn at a junction, or simply parked up at the side of the highway, motorcycle accidents can occur at any time. Drivers can fail to focus on the road ahead properly, and can even fail to see an upcoming stationary motorcycle. This is particularly the case for motorcyclists, as they are much smaller and more discreet on the roads than, say, a large car or a van.
Being hit by another vehicle while stationary can be particularly traumatic, as for many drivers and
motorcyclists alike it can catch them completely off-guard. It can also be even more frustrating to many victims than being involved in a standard collision, as it has happened to them at a time when they believe that they were doing nothing wrong, and were not even in motion at the time.
When a vehicle is stationary and is not moving, the injuries obtained by any impact can be worse for the driver and passenger than if the car or motorcycle had been moving at the time of the collision, as the stationary vehicle will absorb the entirety of the impact. Over the years, our specialist motorcyclist accident solicitors have represented, and won compensation on behalf of, numerous motorcyclists who have been hit while stationary and have obtained injuries as a result of the road traffic accident. To make a motorcycle accident claim for being hit while stationary, get in touch with our motorcycle accident solicitors today.
Will I have to go to court for my motorcycle accident claim?
When many of our personal injury clients come to us to make a no win no fee motorcycle accident claim, they might think of daunting court cases and stressful situations. However, this does not have to be the case when you make a motorcycle accident claim, or indeed, any claim for personal injury. Here at MG Legal, our road traffic accident solicitors settle the large majority of our clients’ claims out of court, and successfully obtain liability from the defending party.
Still, if the other party does not admit liability in your motorcycle accident claim, and your claim does have to go to court, you can rest assured that your designated solicitor at MG Legal will fight tooth and nail to win your case, and obtain the motorcycle accident compensation that you deserve for your injuries. At MG Legal, our no win no fee solicitors treat people as they would like to be treat themselves. Questions? Queries? Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our no win no fee solicitors. You will be glad you did.
What are the most common motorcycle accident claim injuries?
While motorcyclists are usually not to blame for the crashes that they are involved in, this does not help them fair any better in the severity of the injuries that they sustain. Along with pedestrians and cyclists, motorcyclists are classed as Vulnerable Road Users on UK roads. These road users generally have less protection, such as air bags, seatbelts, and the robust vehicle protection, and are therefore more likely to suffer from serious injuries if they are involved in a road traffic accident.
These serious motorcycle accident claims include:
As Vulnerable Road Users, motorcyclists are often entitled to more motorbike accident compensation in their personal injury claims in comparison to other drivers. For more information on this, see our full motorcycle claims guide, here.
Will I receive payment for my motorcycle after a motorcycle road traffic accident?
If the accident causing personal injury to yourself, and damage to your motorcycle was not your fault, then our personal injury solicitors would instruct a fully qualified, and court approved engineers to assess the damage to your motorcycle, and ensure that you receive the repair costs the damage sustained or, if an insurance write off, the market value of your motorcycle, allowing you to replace the same, on a like for like basis.
The role of helmets in motorcycle accident claims:
When riding a motorcycle in the UK, the only legal safety requirement is that the rider wears a helmet. Failing to do so can be a criminal offence, and could affect your eligibility to make a motorcycle accident claim for your injuries. To speak to a no win no fee solicitor about making a motorcycle accident claim when not wearing a helmet, contact us online here and speak to a solicitor within one working.
However, this is not to say that if you are wearing a helmet when involved in a motorcycle accidents that you are automatically protected from suffering from any injuries. Our motorcycle accident solicitors know all too well that helmets can ping off, and fall off, no matter how well they are fitted. This could be due to a defective helmet design, or it could simply be down to an unfortunate fall, and the force being applied in such a way that it forces your helmet to become loose.
One thing that our motorcycle accident solicitors know all too well when it comes to faulty helmets, and helmets coming off during motorcycle accidents, is that insurers, and defendants in motorcycle accident claims can become extremely focused on this fact, and often believe that it is enough evidence to discredit your motorcycle injury claim as it suggests you were not wearing the helmet properly. However, our no win no fee motorcycle accident solicitors are here to help you know that this is NOT the case. You can still be eligible to financial compensation in a motorcycle accident claim if your helmet fell off during your accident, and even if your helmet was not strapped properly.
Generally speaking, if your helmet is unbuckled at the time of your motorcycle accident, and that directly worsened your injuries, then a 10% discount on those head or facial injuries will be applied, as a way to account for your carelessness. This is classed as a split liability claim, where it is established that you were partially liable for the extent of injuries that you suffered, or that your injuries would have been lesser had you been properly wearing your helmet.
If you have not suffered from head or brain injuries, and your motorcycle injury claim is being made, for example, for a broken ankle, then it is safe to say that the fact that your helmet fell off during the accident did not have an impact on the injuries that you suffered. In order for the helmet to impact the compensation value of your motorcycle accident claim, it must have played a part in the injuries that you suffered, such as a head injury, and led to further injuries. This means that the helmet only becomes legally relevant in head injury claims and similar cases.
To speak to a no win no fee motorcycle accident solicitor today, and learn more about your potential motorcycle accident claim, including how much it might be impacted by an unstrapped helmet, get in touch with MG Legal online here, and speak to a solicitor within one working hour on a free, no-obligation basis.
Motorcyclist accident claims for being hit by drunk driver claims:
Operating a vehicle safely and correctly requires a person’s full concentration and physical and mental capabilities. It’s clear to most people that alcohol can seriously affect your system; impairing your ability to operate a vehicle safely and endangering other’s lives.
As vulnerable road users that are not as easily seen by other road users, and are less protected,
motorcyclists are at high risk of being seriously injured if involved in a road traffic accident. Where a drunk driver hits a motorcyclist, people can be left injured and in need of claiming motorbike accident compensation. Whatever the situation may be, our road traffic accident solicitors are here to help.
If you have been injured in a motorcyclist accident with a drunk driver, and have sustained injuries of any kind, you could make a motorcycle accident claim for financial compensation today. Simply contact our specialist solicitors today to get your claim started.
Motorcyclist car door collision motorcycle accident claims:
The Highway Code Rule 239 states that other road users must ensure they do not hit anyone when opening their door. A driver failing to comply with the Highway Code, is not, in itself, a criminal offence. However, if you are a motorcyclist who has been injured as a result of another road user, or car driver opening the door of their vehicle into your path, then proving a breach of Rule 239 will certainly assist your claim for motorbike accident compensation. Failure to comply with the Highway Code will assist any civil claim for compensation a motorcyclist makes after a collision.
If a motorcyclist sustains a personal injury as a result of a car door being opened into their path then, if it is proven to be the fault of the other driver, then you will be able to claim for any loss or injury sustained in that accident through a motorcycle accident claim. MG Legal’s s solicitors would pursue your claim for damages against the driver's insurance, even where it was the car passenger who caused the accident.
In addition to using Rule 239 of the Highway Code in order to make sure our injured motorcyclist clients win an award for their motorbike accident compensation, MG Legal’s expert road traffic accident solicitors have also used Section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Section 42 of the Road Traffic Act makes it an offence to open any door of a vehicle on a road so as to injure or endanger any person. Any breach of Section 42 is punishable by a fine, of up to £1,000. This is separate to any motorbike accident compensation claim, so does not stop our personal injury solicitors pursuing your claim for motorbike accident compensation, on a No Win No Fee basis, with no financial risk to you. Contact us today to see how our motorcycle accident claim solicitors can help with your motorcycle accident claim.
How long do I have to make a motorcycle accident claim if I was injured in a motorcycle road traffic accident?
Usually anyone who has sustained any form of personal injury, has 3 years from the date of the accident within which to pursue a motorcycle accident claim. After this time, subject to the Limitation Act 1980, in most cases, if you have not made a claim for motorbike accident compensation within that time, then your claim will be statute barred. There are, of course exceptions. Minors, meaning children under the age of 18, have 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday. Time limits may differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney. If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact one of MG Legal’s personal injury experts, here…