A guide to making a No Win No Fee cycle accidents caused by cars changing lanes claim
Riding a motorbike can be very dangerous as motorcyclists despite tending to ride with headlights on, are less visible in rear view mirrors than other vehicles. Motorists who fail to check their mirrors and blind spots when changing lanes or turning right can collide with motorcyclists and cause serious accidents.
The Highway Code states that before turning right or changing lanes, motorists should apply the 'mirror, signal,?manoeuvre' method.
'Therefore, drivers should:?
- Check their mirrors for other traffic?
- Signal their intention to change lanes or move right
- Carry out the manoeuvre in a safe fashion' (www.gov.uk).
If a motorist fails to carry out these safety checks then they could endanger themselves and others.
A motorbike does not offer the rider any protection from a collision and the rider is only protected by their helmet and leather clothing.If a motorist pulls out into the path of a motorbike and causes a collision that injures the rider, then the rider could make a personal injury claim. This is because the motorist was negligent in their actions.
Claiming compensation for a road accident?
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you should seek immediate medical attention even if there are no immediately apparent injuries. Medical records will also support any future claim and show consistency with your version of events.
In most cases, a Claimant will be required to undergo a simple examination from a medical professional who will be appointed by the injury lawyer. The medical professional will document the injuries and produce a report. The medical professional may also suggest further treatment if necessary.
Receiving accident compensation
The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on a number of factors including the severity of the injury and any future treatments that may be needed.
As well as claiming for the pain and suffering endured as a result of the accident, a Claimant may also be able to claim for special damages. Special damages pertains to additional charges incurred such as travel costs, medical fees and loss of earnings. If the accident leaves an injured person unable to work, then it may be possible to make a claim to recover any loss of earnings.
A Claimant should retain all wage slips and receipts as evidence when claiming for special damages.
A Claimant may also be able to claim compensation if the accident has made a pre-existing medical condition worse.
If you are contemplating making a claim, the first step is to get advice. Quittance's panel of road traffic accident solicitors offer a free consultation which will give you an idea of whether you have a valid claim. Alternatively you can get more information through our enhanced compensation claims calculator.