Motorbikes, scooters, and mopeds appeal to many people who like the freedom and enjoyment of the open road and being able to go anywhere.
This combined with an increase in the number of motorbikes on Scottish roads, caused a spike in motorbike accidents, some of which are unfortunately fatal.
Motorcycle accident causes
According to The Transport Scotland, motorbike accidents are most likely to happen at roundabouts, junctions, and crosswords where traffic is approaching from different directions. They also happen on hills or switchbacks where traffic is more difficult to spot.
Accidents which occur in the countryside are often caused by slips on oil or greasy road surface, but there are factors which are common to all types of terrain such as challenging weather conditions.
Our guide for motorcyclists provides plenty of tips for staying safe on Scotland’s roads, from handling adverse weather conditions to avoiding the most common types of a motorbike accident.
Who is most likely to become injured in a motorcycle accident?
Anyone who rides a motorbike is at risk of an accident. Statistically speaking, young men are more at risk, but older riders are equally vulnerable.
The main problem for a motorcyclist being involved in an accident is that they haven’t got the same level of protection as other road users. This combined with the fact they are less visible, means they run a greater risk of being seriously injured.
Effects of a motorcycle accident
Motorbike accidents usually involve the rider being thrown off their bike or becoming trapped underneath another vehicle. This commonly results in serious injury or death and has long-lasting effects on both the rider and their family.
Even with protective clothing, skills training and a greater awareness of the risks on the road, motorbike accidents still happen.
Motorbike accident compensation can reimburse you and your family for a loss of earnings and any other expenses incurred as a result of your accident. These include specialist services such as physiotherapy, nursing care, specialist aids and alterations to your home.
Making a motorcycle accident compensation claim
If you are the main breadwinner in your house and have to take time off due to a motorbike injury, then this can have consequences for your family finances and may result in financial hardship.
Find a personal injury firm who has the right amount of skill and experience in dealing with motorcycle accident claims. Your claim will undergo an initial assessment to determine the grounds for compensation. If there is sufficient evidence to show that your accident was caused by someone else then this gives you a greater chance of success with your claim.
If your motorbike accident occurred whilst abroad then visit our accidents abroad claims section.
To find out more on motorcycle accident claims and how to start one, please contact our no win no fee motorcycle accident lawyers on 0131 555 7055 or 0141 430 7055 for a free evaluation of your circumstances.
Motorcycle Accidents - Frequently Asked Questions
If you have suffered an injury due to a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to a claim for compensation.
The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details, we’ll confirm if you’re entitled to claim.
Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact the person responsible for your accident to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Yes, a strict three-year time limit applies to making a motorcycle accident claim in Scotland. Therefore, it is important to ensure you make a claim as soon as possible to secure your best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries.
In most instances, you may be entitled to compensation for variety of things including:
- Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
- Loss of earnings or earning capacity
- Replacement or repair of your bike, and accessories affected by the accident
- Any future expenses as a result of the injury
- Home modification and care expenses
- Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
Our motorbike accident compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, this should be taken as a guide.
If you have suffered a personal injury from a motorcycle accident there are necessary steps you must take for your claim to be successful. The same steps should be taken by a next of kin if the injured is unable to claim for themselves.
It is important to make sure any injuries sustained from an accident receive immediate medical attention. Not only for health reasons, but also because medical records and receipts are crucial evidence in your claim further down the line. Even if you feel as if you have not suffered any injuries, seeking medical attention helps determine if any future medical treatment or ongoing care will be required and if you need to be compensated for this.
You should also report the accident to the authorities as soon as possible. By making a police record of the event, you’re providing yourself with additional proof, making your claim process easier.
Once you have notified the police of the accident, they’ll be able to pursue the opposite driver if you were a victim of a hit and run accident.