Motorcycle accidents: the importance of riding safely

 

By Andrew Davidson

Riding a motorcycle is very different from driving a car. When you are in a car, you feel safe, secure in your own world, protected from the elements by glass and metal. When you are on a motorcycle you are exposed and vulnerable, with nothing protecting you from harm but a crash helmet and leathers. Consequently, when they occur, motorcycle accidents can produce some of the most traumatic injuries on the road.

From a legal perspective, the most important thing to ascertain in motorcycle accidents, apart from the extent of the injury, is whether the motorcyclist was at fault. Accidents can occur even when a motorcyclist is doing everything right. There are many cases where a car or lorry driver has simply not been paying enough attention and has knocked someone off their bike. Unfortunately cases are not always quite so clear cut.

If the person involved in a motorcycle accident had not been complying with the rules of the road, for example, by breaking the speed limit or running a red light, the court might find that they are at least partially responsible for their injuries and reduce their compensation accordingly. This is known as contributory negligence. If the motorcycle accident is entirely the injured person’s fault, they will not be entitled to any compensation at all. Not only is riding safely and within the law the best way to reduce your chances of an accident, it will ensure that should an accident occur, you are able to claim adequate compensation.

Even at relatively low speeds, injuries can be devastating. Broken bones, traumatic head injuries and even paralysis can easily result from motorcycle accidents. Even where injuries are not quite so serious, a full recovery may still take months. The purpose of the law is to try to redress the balance by assigning the consequence of an accident to the person who caused it. Of course this does not mean that judges will order similar injuries to be inflicted on carless drivers. Rather a court will decide how much money will adequately compensate for the injuries that were not the motorcyclist’s fault.

If you or someone you know has suffered a motorcycle accident Caven can arrange for you to speak to a specialist solicitor. Please call us on 08001 221 2299 or fill out our web-form.

Andrew Davidson is one of Caven’s most knowledgeable case handlers with extensive experience in this matter from dealing with clients on a day-to-day basis.

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