Riding a motorbike can be a very exhilarating experience; the speed and ‘open’ design gives riders a sense of freedom that you do not get in a car. However, motorbike riders are much more vulnerable, and accidents are therefore very common. Unfortunately, motorbike accidents can result in serious and life-changing injuries.
If you suspect that someone has a back or neck injury following an accident it is very important that you do not move the injured person, as this can cause permanent paralysis and other serious complications.
If you or someone close to you has been involved in a motorbike accident please see our tips below as to what you should do:
At the scene of a motorbike accident:
- If possible, take photographs and/or a video of the location, all vehicles and the people involved
- Record the date, time and exact location of the accident
- Take full names and contact details from the person who you consider to be responsible for the accident along with the name of their insurance company and policy number or reference
- Take the full make, model and registration number of the vehicle you consider responsible for the accident and also the make, model and registration plate details of all other vehicles involved in the collision
- Take full names and contact numbers of any witnesses to the accident
- If you have GPS or other record of your journey, make sure it is stored safely for future use
- Record details of any Police Officers who attend at the scene of the accident
Following a motorbike accident:
- If you have not already done so, report the incident to the police and obtain a reference number from them
- Store all damaged property including the motorbike, clothing worn and helmet etc. in a safe place as the insurers may wish to inspect the items at a later date
- Report the incident to your own insurers who may arrange for the repairs/replacement of any damaged items
- Start to keep a record of all your losses and expenses including any receipts
- Take photographs of any visible injuries sustained, making a note of the date on which the photographs were taken
If you have been unfortunate enough to have been involved in a motorbike accident and would like some advice then our specialist personal injury solicitors are on hand to guide you through the process of making a claim, call us on 0161 696 6235 or complete our online enquiry form.
By Kathryn Horton, personal injury team