Perhaps you’ve been hit by a car or lorry, hit a pothole or slid on diesel or ice on the road surface. Whatever the cause coming off your bike and suffering injury is hard enough, but knowing exactly what is the right thing to do to make sure you get justice can be very confusing for those without specialist legal knowledge.
Here’s a few things you should do in the event of a motorcycling accident:
If you are in a position to do so then take down the name of the driver, registration number and make/model of vehicle. If you are taken by ambulance to hospital then the police should have taken down the details. If you have no details at all then don’t worry we will do all we can to find them.
If you are able to do so, take down the name and number of anyone who saw the accident – or even the aftermath. Your word alone is not ideal if the circumstances of the accident are disputed.
If you are able to, take photographs of your bike, the vehicles involved or whatever caused your accident, the road markings and the surrounding area. Cases can be won or lost on the basis of photographs so take as many as you can. If you can’t but someone comes to your aid then ask them to do it for you.
Tell the police
Any collision with a vehicle that results in injury should be reported to the police. Even if they weren’t called to the scene consider going to your local police station and reporting what happened. If you’re unsure about whether you should report the accident then call us and we will tell you.
See a doctor
You should visit the doctor even if your injuries appear only minor. Concussion is deceptive, cuts and grazes need washing out and dressing properly and many injuries can get worse if you do not get checked over.
If you have instructed the team at Carry on Biking to obtain compensation for your bike accident then we can arrange for you to have rehabilitative treatment on a private basis, at your convenience and at no cost to you.
Check your bike
Take photographs of any damaged items including your kit and clothing.
The team here at Carry on Biking have an extensive network of motorcycle dealers who can assess your bike If you have a good relationship with your own dealer who is not on our list we will liaise with them for you and add them to our network list assuming they meet our high standards.
Replace your helmet
Helmets can be weakened even if there is no visible damage. If it has taken a knock then don’t risk not replacing it. If you pursue a claim for compensation through us then we will include the cost of a replacement helmet, as well as any other damaged items, as part of your accident compensation claim.
Don’t talk to your opponent’s insurers
If you have been hit by a driver and passed them your details then the chances are they will call you to discuss what happened. While this may seem a nice gesture on their part, sometimes the information you provide them can be used against you. Any offers of compensation, even if they appear generous, should be rejected as your claim is very likely worth more than what they offer you. Certainly do not sign any papers that they ask you to without speaking to a lawyer first. If you are in any doubt call our hotline or drop us an email and we will be happy to give you some free advice with no obligation.