Injury Compensation Claims for Motorcyclists
Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident? If so you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
As you can imagine, being thrown from a motorbike at a high speed can cause quite serious injuries. Common injuries include broken or fractured arms or legs, back injury or brain injury. Motorbike riders are 30 times more likely to be killed in a road accident than other vehicles accounting for 20% of road deaths in one particular State (2007 statistics).
In the case of motorcycle accidents, the risks of an accident are far greater and injuries that are sustained may be fatal. Typical causes of a motorbike accident include; speed; not being seen and acknowledged by other motor vehicles; unsafe maneuvers and driving under the influence.
If you have been involved in a motorbike accident and have received medical attention the next step is to report the accident to the police. Then seek legal advice from a motorcycle accident lawyer. By doing so, you can find out all your compensation entitlements.
In some States, you may be entitled to compensation if negligence has occurred, fully or partially and if the accident was partly your fault you may still have entitlements. A motorcycle lawyer that specialises in personal injury law and will be able to advise you on your motorcycle accident compensation entitlements. If you were traveling to or from work you may also have workers compensation entitlements.
A motorcycle lawyer will evaluate your case, outline all your options and advise you of the best way forward. Your case may need research, preparation and negotiation to ensure you get the payout to which you are entitled to.
Drivers need to be completely alert of all vehicles on the road especially motorcyclists. Of course motorbike riders are vulnerable without the protection of a large shell around them but drivers need to have their eyes open and be fully aware of motorbike riders giving them the same space, acknowledgment and respect as any other vehicle on the road.
The classic excuse for a motorcycle accident is “I didn’t see them”. We all have mirrors, and need to use them properly to prevent a motorcycle accident from occurring. Around 20% of motorcycle accident deaths were caused by other drivers overlooking motorcycle riders in this way.
The motorbike rider has a duty to protect themselves with the right protective clothing and this is essential to limit the extent of the injury. Motorbike drivers also need to make themselves as visible as possible. Protection and visibility can be vital in preventing a motorcycle accident.