Motorcycle Accident Advice
What to do after a motorcycle accident
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, motorcycle accidents can and do happen. Have you been involved in a motorcycle accident and wondering what to do next? This can be an incredibly daunting and stressful experience. In order to ensure you are in the best position possible to pursue a claim for compensation with no delay, the first thing you need to do is try and remain calm. This will enable you to take a few key steps immediately following the accident that will support the claims process.
If you’re lucky enough to be conscious and not requiring immediate medical attention in the motorcycle accident aftermath, there are a few steps you should take first and foremost. If you are not at fault and eligible for compensation, taking these steps will prove vital further down the line.
1 Gather evidence
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, the first question one asks is “what do I do now?” It is critical that you gain as much evidence as possible as soon as possible. Use your camera to photograph the scene including any damaged vehicles, equipment, clothing and related road markings.
Document your injuries, taking photographs where relevant. Record the date and time, as well as additional details that may be notable. Obtain the contact details of all those involved in the accident; including full name, contact number, address and number plates. Obtain contact details of any witnesses; including their name, phone number and address.
If you believe your motorcycle accident may have occurred due to the road surface, it is also important to take photographs of this. Motorcycle accidents may be caused by road hazards such as grass in the road, loose gravel or stones, debris such as branches, leaves or grass clippings can cause motorcycle accidents, as well as oil or liquid that was been spilt on the road.
2 Medical attention
Motorbike accidents can result in very serious physical injuries and can also be understandably traumatic. Even if you think you’ll be okay, you should seek advice from a doctor, whether that be at your local hospital or GP. Not all motorcycle injuries are physicially obvious and can take time to surface.
After a bike accident, your body goes into a state of shock where adrenaline is working overtime to make sure you’re okay - this means you may not actually feel the full impact of your injuries right away. Should you decide to make a claim, medical records documenting the full extent and severity of your injuries is vital to you.
It is worth noting that Off Your Bike maintain strong connections with some of the best medical experts in the UK, highly sought for their medical opinion and reporting in personal injury claims such as those stemming from motorcycle accidents.
3 No-Fault Motorcycle Accident? Contact OYB
Now you’ve gathered initial evidence and you’re on the road to recovery, it may be that the motorcycle accident was not your fault and you’re considering taking legal action. If this is the case, we encourage you to get in touch to better understand what your options are and whether you have good prospects to receive motorcycle accident compensation. These initial conversations with a legal expert will allow you to clarify your options and fully understand what is involved in making a claim - there is no obligation to proceed with us if you’re not comfortable doing so for any reason.
If we believe you have a strong, achievable claim, we will offer to represent you on a no win no fee agreement and can start the legal process immediately. To better understand what you can expect from the claims process, take a look at our guide to making a claim page.
Rehabilitation is such an important step if you have experienced motorcycle accident injuries, which can dictate whether you are physically capable of getting back on your motorcycle. We want to see you back on your bike as much as you do, which is why we pester you to seek the necessary medical care… even after things have settled down following your accident.
Following your independent medical examination and the reported medical findings, it may be recommended that you seek and maintain rehabilitation. The aim here is optimise your physical recovery and wellbeing , for both the long and short-term. This will not only get you back on track with your post-accident lifestyle, but will also establish the amount of compensation you are entitled to.
5 Your claim is settled
Congratulations! If you decided to pursue a claim, the final stage is the settlement of your claim when compensation has been agreed/confirmed. You can now put all of this behind you knowing you have enjoyed the best possible result and your rightful compensation. Provided your case has been successful, the majority of your legal expenses will be covered by the liable parties. Sometimes it is found that the accident occurred due to both parties and liability is split accordingly.
Our no win no fee arrangement means you (the successful Claimant) only pay the ATE premium and success fee (now required by law), removing the financial risk of pursuing a claim and reassuring you that you won't be left out of pocket.