Did you know that according to accident statistics you are far more likely to have a motorbike accident than a car accident?
Despite forming only 1% of road traffic, motorcyclists account for 20% (one in five) of road deaths and serious injuries. Injuries suffered in a motorbike accident can often be devastating.
If you have a motorbike accident there are certain steps you should follow.
Step 1- Remain Calm and Get Medical Help if Needed
The first step to take when you have been involved in a motorbike accident is to try to remain calm even if you are being subject to allegations of blame. If anyone is seriously hurt in the motorbike accident an ambulance should be called so that the person can receive medical treatment. If an ambulance is called the Police may attend the scene of the motorbike accident.
Step 2- Exchange Details about the Motorbike Accident
You should then speak to the other people involved in the motorbike accident and exchange full details.
The most important details that you should ensure are taken after the motorbike accident are:
- the full name and address of the other driver
- the registration number, make, model and colour of their vehicle
- the other parties' insurance company and policy number (if available)
At no point during your conversation should you admit that the motorbike accident was your fault to the other driver.
Step 3- Move your Motorbike
Once the necessary details have been exchanged after the motorbike accident you should then make arrangements to move your motorbike. If you are unable to ride your motorbike you should contact a recovery company who can make arrangements for your vehicle to be moved to a secure location. Please note that there will be a fee for this service however this can usually be included as part of your claim for the motorbike accident.
Step 4- Seek Medical Attention after a Motorbike Accident
If you have been injured as a result of the motorbike accident you should then seek medical attention from your GP, a walk-in centre or hospital. It is not unusual for people to only experience pain and stiffness following a motorbike accident in the hours afterwards or even the following day due to shock.
Step 5- Notify Your Insurance Company about the Motorbike Accident
You should notify your insurance company that you have been involved in a motorbike accident. DO NOT let your insurance company deal with your claim for personal injury.
You may be contacted by the other driver's insurance company following the motorbike accident. DO NOT speak to them regarding your claim and do not accept any offers of settlement from them. You should inform them that you intend to instruct solicitors and that they should contact the solicitor.
Step 6- Seek Legal Advice about Your Motorbike Accident
Finally contact a reputable solicitors firm such as Hattons so that we can help take you through all aspects of your claim. We have a dedicated team that deal with motorbike accidents and the complex law that surrounds them.
We understand how allegations of blame against motorcyclists after a motorbike accident are not always accurate, and know how to go about proving it.
So if you have been involved in a motorbike accident and need helping proving you were not at fault, or simply want to make a claim for compensation, contact us today.
If you have been injured in a motorbike accident that wasn't our fault then get in touch with our friendly dedicated team of solicitors on 0800 298 9690 or visit www.hattonslaw.com