Motorcycle Accidents and RTA Claims

Figures by the Department for Transport show that 18% of all road fatalities (2016/2017) in the UK involved motorcyclists. A further total of 5,553 motorcyclists were seriously injured, and 13,425 were slightly injured. Although the lightly injured statistics indicate a decrease of 5% over the past period of 2015 – 2017, the serious injuries for motorcycle accidents have risen by 10%. This is not so promising for motorcyclists out there. Whether you have suffered an accident – serious or not, getting a fair settlement depends on many different factors. As you can imagine, we cannot make a judgement on what a fair settlement may be. The definition of a settlement value depends on the injury itself. We can however recommend you start by estimating what your claim could be worth by using the Legit Claims Calculator. We also offer advice on How to use the Legit Claims calculator.

So how can you tell if you are getting the right compensation for your injuries? Consider the following to ensure you are getting a fair RTA claim settlement.

Ensure your Motorcycle Accident Settlement Provides for your Long-term Needs

Many motorcycle accidents can have short as well as long-term effects on a person. Apart from the medical expenses one might encounter, recovery can also take time and require effort. Depending on the severity of your injuries, it is possible that you may not be able to return to your job or do the same job altogether. This means that you need to consider the long-term loss of earning capacity and other factors which affect your ability to work and earn a living.  As with so many RTA claim cases, considerations for recovery can include home care, physical therapy and any other special equipment to assist injured and or disabled individuals. Be sure to consider all the future possibilities before you agree to a motorcycle accident settlement. It is also a good idea to speak to a solicitor specializing in road accident claims.

What About Pain and Suffering?

There is more to personal injury that just medical bills. Under the law of the United Kingdom, compensation is a recourse for the suffering of loss and pain. It this was not so, then anyone could hurt anyone with little regard for the consequences. Accordingly, there can be other types of losses not measurable by medical bills. After a motorcycle accident you may fall victim to depression, anxiety or even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The psychological trauma experienced afterward could include the inability to drive a motorcycle again, fear of the road etc. You may want to claim compensation for the physical pain as well as the emotional suffering for which you can also get medical assistance.

The Practical Advice

After a motorcycle accident, it is essential to take a few steps as soon as possible. Let us consider a few practical things you can do to ensure you protect your right to a fair settlement:

Collect Evidence

Evidence is key when you are pursuing an RTA claim. The more thorough the evidence, the better will be your chances of success. If possible, take photos of the accident, including damage to cars and motorcycles, accident debris, skid marks, and the overall location where the accident took place. Take photos of your injuries too, if they are visible. Take down the particulars of witnesses to the accident and keep a copy of the accident report from the police.

Seek medical Attention Immediately

It is possible for Endorphins to mask pain after a traumatic accident. Even if you feel ok, seek medical attention immediately or go to the doctor or your nearest hospital the next day. Get a thorough examination, for the sake of your health as well as evidence for the injury claims process.

Keep Track of Damages                

Keep a detailed record of all happenings as much as possible. All losses can possibly be accounted for in RTA claims case – financial or otherwise. This means medical bills and travel costs to the doctor, vehicle repair, days missed at work and loss of income etc. Keep documentation that shows what you have lost or paid for.  Also keep the record of your health and how the accident has affected your overall well-being.

The Legal Advice

Motorcycle accidents often involve serious life changing injuries. You do not have to face this situation alone. Legit Claims can help you navigate the complicated process of pursuing a personal injury claim and find a solicitor near you on a no win no fee basis. Many solicitors listed with us offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case.