Motorcyclists are particularly liable to sustain a serious or fatal injury when on the road. Even while wearing personal protective equipment, motorbike riders represent 20 per cent of all deaths and serious injuries on the UK’s streets, despite making up only around one per cent of all traffic. Although the number of personal injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents is falling, it is still disproportionately high.
Despite the fact that motorcyclists are placed in serious danger if they are in a road traffic accident, many other motorists fail to take them into account when on the road. Drivers turning or changing lanes without checking wing mirrors can frequently lead to a motorcyclist sustaining a fatal or serious injury, and even potholes on the road can result in experienced motorbike riders losing control and crashing.
A motorbike accident that causes serious injuries can result in lengthy rehabilitation or paralysis and can severely impact a victim’s quality of life, causing significant pain and suffering, while collisions that lead to death can leave dependants financially insecure and emotionally distraught.
If the road accident was not the fault of the motorcyclist, victims are eligible to make a serious personal injury compensation claim, so they are not left out-of-pocket due to the negligence of another driver. While these are typically made against the responsible party’s insurance company, they can also frequently involve public liability compensation claims, such as those involving the local highways agency.
As well as motorcycle accidents, we also handle bicycle accident personal injury claims. Cyclists frequently sustain serious injuries in road traffic accidents, and collisions with cars often result in fatal accidents or injuries that require long-term care and rehabilitation.
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, around 19,000 cyclists sustain personal injuries or are killed in reported road accidents every year, with around 3,000 suffering reported serious or fatal injuries. These figures are likely to be a considerable underestimate, as many people do not report their accidents to the police, and the number of cycling accidents is only likely to rise as cycling becomes more and more commonplace among the British public.
Around 80% of all people who suffer a personal injury in a cycling accident are male, and around one-fifth are children. The most at-risk age group are youngsters aged between 10 and 15, and most accidents occur in urban areas, with roundabouts proving to be particularly dangerous.
Other road users have a duty of care to ensure the safety of cyclists, and when they behave in a negligent manner, the victim can make a cycling accident compensation claim. These are usually made against the insurance company of the other driver, or the Motor Insurers’ Bureau in cases involving untraceable or uninsured drivers. There are also cases in which a public liability compensation claim is required, such as when a cyclist sustains a personal injury because of a pothole.