Being involved in a road traffic accident of any kind can be extremely traumatic and if you are on a motorbike the chances of you suffering a serious injury are greatly increased.
Should you ever be involved in an motorbike accident that was not your fault, whether through a reckless or careless driver or poor road conditions we advise you to take a number of steps to make it easier to pursue a claim for compensation.
Your first priority following an accident should always be to make sure if anyone has been injured or if you’ve suffered injuries it’s always advisable not to move if safe to do so. Get in touch with the emergency services as soon as possible to report the incident and get an ambulance to attend and check all involved for injuries.
It’s vital that the scene of the accident is preserved to allow the police investigation to take place. If it’s only a minor accident and you’ve only suffered minor injuries you should document the scene of the accident to the best of your ability. Take photos of the vehicles involved and the damage caused to your motorbike.
When the emergency services arrive you’ll likely be asked to give a statement on the accident, try to provide as many details as possible and avoid admitting fault.
Regardless of how serious all motorists have a legal obligation to stop at the scene if they’re involved in an accident. You should do your best to obtain the names, addresses and contract details for any drivers, passengers, and witnesses.
You’ll need the driver’s insurance details and it’s helpful to establish if the driver is the registered owner of the car and if they are not, take the owners name and address. You should also provide them with details of your insurance policy and contact details.
It’s also a good idea to take down the make, model, colour, and registration number of any vehicles involved in the accident; these could come in useful when it comes to making a claim for compensation.
Take photos of any damage to your motorbike or any physical injuries that you have suffered. Also keep track of how long your injuries have lasted and how much pain they have caused day by day.
Eager as you might be to get out on the road again, don’t fix your bike, however the authorities see your bike as evidence, therefore try hold of fixing it until the police have completed their investigation. Your insurance company will also want to see photos of the damage caused or send round a crash damage inspector to determine the value of damage.
If you’ve been injured and your motorbike has been damaged in an accident on the road that wasn’t your fault Cleversons have a team of personal injury solicitors who can help you get the compensation that you deserve.
We’ve helped hundreds of clients recover from motorbike accidents and secured hundreds of thousands in compensation.