Bicycle/Motorbike Accidents in the UK

Whitestone Solicitors is one of the pioneering firms in UK in understanding and quantifying Bicycle/Motorbike accident claims.  Our professional advice in relation to Bicycle/Motorbike accident claims arising from a broad spectrum of circumstances.

Our assessment of any claim takes into account, not only the appropriate level of compensation for the injuries suffered, but also additional factors such as loss of earnings and the cost of medical treatment that may be necessary to help our clients to make a full recovery from their injuries as quickly as possible.  We deal with a wide range of Bicycle / Motorbike accident   claims ranging from those involving relatively minor injuries to those where our clients have suffered catastrophic and life changing injuries requiring the provision of additional care and equipment to enable our clients to keep the adverse impact on their daily lives to a minimum.

We recognise that not all injuries are the same and that they affect different people in different ways.  We ensure that we select a medical expert to assess our clients’ injuries based on that practitioner’s area of expertise so that the medical report we ultimately receive contains as comprehensive an assessment of the nature and prognosis of an injury as possible.  Obtaining a medical report from the leading medical practitioners in their field allows us to advise our clients as to the appropriate levels of compensation.

In Great Britain, 23,459 motorcyclists were injured in reported road accidents between 2016 and 2018. Of these, 441 were killed and 7,843 seriously injured. This represents a decline in motorcycle casualties of 3% between 2015 and 2016. This figure has been falling since 2008, when 493 motorcyclists were killed. However, research studies have shown that many non-fatal injury accidents are not reported to the police. This means that the figures reported here are likely to be lower than the actual figure of motorcyclist road casualties.

Although motorcyclists only account for 1% of total road traffic, they account for around 18% of deaths on the road. Along with pedal cyclists and pedestrians, motorcyclists are vulnerable road users, as they have a higher crash and injury rate than vehicle occupants because they do not benefit from all the protective features, such as seat belts, airbags and other impact protection features. Although the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads has fallen substantially over the last few decades, motorcyclists are still 38 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than car occupants per mile travelled, indicating that safety for motorcyclists has not improved as much as for car occupants. In Great Britain in 2016, 200 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured per 1 billion vehicle miles, compared to 26 car drivers killed or seriously injured per 1 billion vehicle miles.

Although only 30% of motorcycle accidents occurred on rural roads between 2016 and 2018, 66% of fatalities occurred on these roads, indicating that these roads were particularly dangerous for motorcyclists. Most accidents occur during the summer months, when most trips are made, and begin to fall in autumn. This is likely to be due to the fall in temperature and poorer weather, which could lead to fewer motorcycles on the road. Motorcycle traffic increased by 2% during 2018 to 2.8 billion vehicle miles. Of the 23,459 motorcyclist casualties between  2016 and 2018, 91% were male and 32% were aged 17-24, suggesting that those most at risk of being injured in a motorcyclist accident were young males.

A number of in-depth accident studies have been carried out to determine the common causes of motorcycle collisions, including studies conducted by Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), the Department for Transport (DfT), The Association of European Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) and Austroads. In 2001, TRL analyzed a sample of 717 police reports of accidents in which a motorcyclist had been involved and where the motorcyclist or any other road users had been fatally injured. The accidents occurred between 1986 and 1995, but the majority occurred in the later years of 1992 and 1994. Almost all (87%) of those killed were motorcyclists and 11% were pedestrians. The analysis investigated the pattern of road users involved and the actions of the road user who was considered principally responsible for the accident. The DfT conducted an in-depth accident investigation study in 2004, which included a sample of 1,790 accidents involving a motorcycle, of which 1,003 were considered in detail.

Many in depth motorcycle collision studies conclude that motorcycle accidents have different characteristics to collisions involving other road user groups. In particular, accidents involving motorcyclists are more likely to include right of way collisions, loss of control on bends and more frequent overtaking and passing maneuvers by motorcyclists.

In 2018, 9% of motorcycle accidents reported to the police occurred when the motorcyclist was negotiating a bend. This type of accident was more likely to be the fault of the rider, because he or she approaches the bend at too high a speed or misjudges the curve of the bend. Those who have a provisional license, or no license at all, those who have a full license, but have not held it for a long time and those who have returned to riding a motorbike after some years are overrepresented in crashes on bends.

In 2018, 15% of motorcyclists involved in collisions were completing an overtaking maneuver at the time of the accident. Some of these collisions occur when a rider is passing through slow moving or stationary traffic, known as filtering, where the other road user was twice as likely to be fully or partly to blame for the collision. Other collisions take place when the rider overtakes poorly, meaning they were more likely to be at fault than the other road user.

Around 20% of motorcycle accidents are caused by the rider losing control, without any other road user being involved. These collisions were often associated with rider error, occurred on rural roads and were linked to excessive speed, alcohol, other impairments and reckless or careless behavior.

A motorcyclist was 2.7 times as likely to be involved in an accident when under the influence of alcohol than a driver. This does not mean that motorcyclists were more likely to drink and drive, but rather that alcohol places a rider at greater risk of being involved in an accident.

If you face an accident what immediately should you do?

There are number of things that can increase your chances for filling a successful claim for compensation for bicycle accident injury, you also need to confirm that the injuries are not in worse conditions.

  • If you’ve had an accident, first and foremost move out from the danger immediately. Take hold of yourself and call the ambulance or ask someone to call an ambulance if are injured badly. Meanwhile, ask people around you to help you witness the scenario if they are willing and ready to help you.
  • Recall the accident and record all necessary details related to the accident involving party’s name, plate details, address, and insurance details.
  • If you have a camera or phone click pictures of the scenario, your injuries your injured bike and the area surrounding you.
  • Keep a copy of all the records either police records or medical and ambulance reports. These reports will help you to file a strong case for your compensation for bike accident claim.

What you should not do if you’ve had an accident?

There are few thing that you should not do, along with all the dos:

  • Do not panic handle the situation calmly.
  • Do not curse and get angry.
  • Do not admit any false liability.
  • Do not take your bike and ride away.

The following can be entitled to bicycle accident:

Bike Injuries:

The injuries that you have encountered during bike accident either all physical injuries or broken bones as well as the injuries that are psychological such as depression or any other injury caused by the bicycle accident

Bike damage:

If the repairing cost of the bike is less than what the bike was worth prior you can claim for the repair costs. In order to claim for compensation gather all the necessary paperwork and written estimate for bike accident claim.

Damage to the property:

If there has been any damage to your personal property you are entitled to claim for the damages. Whether it includes damage to your bike helmet or any other item of clothing other some other attachments of your bike.

Earnings lost:

If your bike injury forcing you to stay away from the workplace, claim for the loss you faced.

If you are self-employed, your potential loss and profit can also be taken into consideration.

If your injuries kept you from getting back to work and you are unemployed and looking for work you can still claim for compensation for potential loss of earning.

 

Costs of travel:

As your bike was your only mean of transportation but due to accident injury you had to take public transportation you can make claim for compensation based on mileage travelled.

To get bike accident compensation, you need to have all the documentation and receipts for compensation. It isn’t easy to get compensation & bike accident claim, ask Whitestone solicitors to help you in filling and getting bicycle compensations.

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