Motorbike Accident Personal Injury
Rogers Solicitors is a specialist Motorbike Accident Personal Injury solicitor that helps individuals injured in motorbike accidents receive the legal redress they deserve.
Our team of, based in Dublin motor bike accident solicitors have extensive experience in overseeing the complexities inherent in a motorbike accident claims.
Motorbike Accident Personal Injury Safety Guide
If you have been injured in a motorbike road traffic accident you should seek medical attention immediately.
Serious injuries will always result in the injured party being taken to hospital in an ambulance.
Even if you consider the injury to be relatively minor, you should always seek medical attention by visiting a local A & E or at the very least visiting a local GP.
If left untreated minor injuries can lead to more serious medical complications.
After seeking the appropriate medical advice there is a defined process you should follow if the accident wasn’t your fault and you intend to pursue a motor bike accident claim.
Step #1: Report the accident to the Garda Síochána
Oftentimes relatively minor collisions or motorbike road traffic accidents are not reported to the Gardai. This course of action only helps the person who caused the accident.
No matter how seemingly minor the accident appears to be, all motorbike road traffic accidents should be reported to the Gardai.
Oftentimes the Gardai will not visit the scene of minor accidents and ask that those involved in the road traffic accident to settle the accident themselves.
To settle the incident you should go about gathering as much information about the accident as possible.
You should collect and record the contact information of the other person involved in the accident
It is also prudent to get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
Even if the Gardai decide not to visit the scene you should make a point of visiting the closest Gardai station and giving a statement about the incident. This will ensure that your version of events is officially recorded.
Step #2: Record and gather as much information about the accident as possible
Before seeking the services of a motorbike accident personal solicitor it is important to have your version of events clearly pieced together.
- When possible you should – at the very least – document the following:
- All details of the people involved in the accident
- Registration Numbers
- Contact information (Phone numbers, email, address)
- Get as many pictures of the scene as possible.
- You should also gather the names and contact information of any and all emergency personal that attended the scene
- The exact time and date of the accident should be noted
- The weather conditions at the time of the accident should be recorded
- Medical reports by the doctors that treated your injuries should be obtained
- Copies of any and all Gardaí reports should be kept
- Copies of any CCTV footage that may have recorded the accident should be gathered. If necessary a motorbike personal injury solicitor can put in a data access request for these recordings.
- Copies of any expenses incurred due to the accident – be they medical or otherwise – should be kept
Step #3: Speak to a specialist Motorbike accident personal injury solicitor
If you decide to seek a motorbike accident personal injury claim, you should get in contact with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.
The specialist and expert knowledge of a motorbike personal injury solicitor will be instrumental in moving the case forward.
At the earliest stages of a personal injury claim you are free to negotiate with the other parties insurance company.
However, in certain cases it is advisable that you have a personal injury solicitor negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
Usually the first step in seeking a motorbike accident personal injury claim is to submit the motorbike personal injury claim to the injuries board.
The injuries board will access the details of the case and suggest – what they consider to be – an adequate compensation amount.
This payment will be made by the person at fault for the accident.
If both the person at fault and injured part agree to this amount the payment is made and the case is settled.
However, if one or both parties contest the amount offered, legal proceedings will begin.
In the majority of personal injury cases, even after legal proceedings are issued the case will be settled before anyone steps foot in a courtroom.
This is achieved through settlement meetings. The injured party will always be accompanied to their meetings by their personal injury solicitor.
If an agreed-upon amount isn’t reached during these settlement meetings, the case will be brought in front of a judge who will determine the compensation amount.
Get professional advice from a specialist motorbike solicitor. We can usually tell within an hour if you have a valid claim.
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Motorbike Personal Injures: The Statistics
Unfortunately, motorbike roads users are over-represented in road traffic collision statistics.
According to the Road Safety Authority (RSA), the most common road traffic accidents involving motorbikes are:
- Traffic collisions
- Overtaking accidents
- Right of way violation traffic collisions
- Loss of control when travelling at speed around a bend in the road
- Human Error
- Hit and Run
- Racing Accident
- Mechanical Failures
- Electrical Malfunctions
- Collision with animals on the road
The main causes of motorbike accidents have been reported as:
- A loss of control whole a motorcycle enters or leaves a bend in the road.
- Loss of control while a motorbike is in the process of overtaking another road vehicle
- Hitting a speed bump or pavement
- While braking
- Failure to see on-coming traffic while overtaking
- Incorrect overtaking
- Attempting to overtake multiple vehicles at the same time
- Overtaking on bends
- Overtaking when not enough space was available
- Incorrect exiting from a road entrance
Motorbike Accident Personal Injury FAQ
How long does it take to settle a Motorbike personal Injury Claim in Ireland?
All personal injury claims filed in Ireland are submitted directly to the Injuries Board. The Injuries Board will in all likelihood take between nine to fifteen months to properly access the claim.
If the amount recommended is rejected by either party this will significantly increase the time spent seeking a personal injury settlement.
How often do motorbike personal injury claims go to court?
There are various mechanisms in place to help settle personal injury claims before they get to court.
The Injuries Board is the first such mechanism that aims to suggest a compensation amount that will satisfy both parties.
Failing that, Settlement Meetings will take place between all relevant parties with a view of reaching an acceptable settlement amount.
Only after these Settlement Meetings does a personal injury case appear before a judge.
It is estimated that only 5% of all personal injury cases ever get seen by a judge.