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The use of pedal bicycles and motorbikes on Britain’s roads is increasing each year; figures published by the Department of Transport show that in 2013 a total of 1.2 million motorcycles were licensed with the DVLA. Government initiatives are aiming to increase the number of people using bikes rather than cars to ease congestion and carbon emissions, especially on urban roads.
However, cyclists and motorcyclists face a much higher risk of suffering serious injury and potential death in road accidents. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents believes that although motorbikes represent only 1 per cent of the total road traffic in the UK, they make up 20 per cent of all serious injuries and fatalities suffered on the road. Cyclists are also 30 times more likely to be seriously injured in an accident than car occupants according to Government research.
Responsibility for accidents involving bike and motorbikes with other vehicles often lies with the drivers of cars or HGVS. If you have been involved in an accident as the rider of a motorbike or a bicycle that was not your fault then you may have grounds to pursue a claim for compensation against the other driver.
The research of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents also shows that in 2012 there were 3,222 cyclists seriously injured, out of around 19,000 injured and killed in Britain. For motorcyclists the figure is higher, with around 5000 being seriously injured in accidents, and 328 killed. Nearly 80 per cent of accidents involving cyclists occurred during the daylight hours, and three-quarters happened on urban roads. The most dangerous areas for both motorcyclists and cyclists were roundabouts and junctions at which vehicles are turning left into the path of a cyclist. Vehicles making left hand turns having just overtaken a cyclist is also a particular hazard. The most common cause of accident was failure to look properly before turning: in 57 per cent of cases it was the car driver who failed to observe before manoeuvring.
Making a claim for compensation following a bicycle or motorbike accident depends on the evidence you provide to show that you were not at fault and that you have suffered losses as a result of the accident. You should try to take down details regarding the accident at the scene, to include, the name and address of the driver, details of the vehicle involved and, any witness details. Following this the help of an experienced solicitor will be vital to pursue your claim.
A claim for compensation will take into consideration such factors as the extent of your injuries, the cost of repairs to your bike or motorbike, medical costs, and loss of earnings in the time you require to recover, and the loss of future earnings should your injuries limit your employment prospects.
Personal Injury Claims Specialists possess considerable experience in handling accident compensation claims, and always work in the best interests of their clients. They provide a no win-no fee service and will guide you through the claims process.