What should I do after a motorbike accident?
Written by Jayne Orme, Associate & Personal Injury Solicitor and Annmarie Miller, Trainee Solicitor.
Nothing can prepare you for the devastating impact of a motorbike accident. But, if you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorbike accident, there are steps you should take, both in the immediate aftermath and the days that follow the incident, which can help you protect yourself and put you in the best possible position when making a motorbike accident claim.
- Assess the situation and seek medical assistance if needed. You should seek appropriate medical attention from a GP or hospital as soon as possible. If your injury is severe, seek urgent attention at a hospital.
- Obtain insurance details for the other parties, including their full name and address, insurance details and vehicle registration.
- Take pictures and videos of injuries and any damage to your vehicle or belongings. If your injuries are too severe, witnesses and/or bystanders can help to gather visual proof for you.
- Report the motorbike accident to the police if needed.
- Take details from any witnesses to the accident, such as full name, address and contact details.
- Report the accident to your insurer. Contact your insurer to report the incident as soon as you can. Your insurer may recommend a law firm for your motorbike accident claim, but you don’t have to use them. Instead, you can choose to appoint your own solicitor.
- Make a note of important details. If you can, make a note of what happened and when (date and time). Include as much information as possible, including witness details, details of vehicle damage, road conditions, road markings and signs, and even the weather. All of this can be used later down the line if you make a claim.
- Request a police report. If the police were called to the accident, we recommend requesting the police report, as this may be used as evidence for your motorbike accident claim.
- Make a note of your injuries. It’s also useful to keep a symptom diary, as this can be used, along with medical records, to support your claim
- Keep receipts for any expenses you may have incurred as a result of the accident, such as medication, travel expenses etc.
- Contact a personal injury solicitor as early as possible. They will take the initial details and talk you through the claims process. You should be aware that there is a strict time limit of three years from the accident date for making a motorbike accident claim.
Motorbike Accident Solicitors
By using a specialist motorbike accident solicitor, you’ll have access to expert support throughout your claim, as well as your rehabilitation and recovery.
At Fletchers Group, we handle around 1 in 6 motorcycle accidents in the UK – making us the largest specialist provider in the country. We’re passionate about representing vulnerable road users, working with the very best barristers and medical experts to support your claim and get you on the road to recovery as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, call us today on 0330 013 0249 or contact us online for free, no-obligation advice.