Roads are a different world for motorbike riders
If you're in a car that is involved in a minor rear-end collision in traffic, you may walk away with little more than a fright - but on a motorbike, the same type of accident could easily be fatal or result in life-long injuries.
Unfortunately for motorcyclists, it can be a very fine line between a near miss and a catastrophic injury - and motorbike riders generally have a much harder time on the roads. In fact, findings from independent research we commissioned shows:
- 45% of motorcyclists surveyed have been injured while riding.
- 63% of survey respondents stating that they had been forced into an evasive manoeuvre to avoid a collision at least once in their last five outings.
- 76% said negative attitudes towards motorcyclists significantly decreased rider safety.
- 69% of motorcyclists believed other road users failed to demonstrate an adequate awareness of riders in close proximity to them on the roads.
- 66% believed conflict existed between riders and other road users.
Our motorbike accident lawyers have seen many clients who have suffered devastating injuries while riding motorbikes, many of which perhaps could have been avoided by a change in drivers’ attitudes.
What to do if you're injured in a motorbike accident
If you are injured in a motorbike accident, you should do the following things.
At the scene, if possible
- Report the incident to the police
- Obtain details of any witnesses.
After the accident
- Seek appropriate medical treatment
- Report the accident to the police if this was not done at the scene
- Make a claim with the insurance company or regulatory body in your state
- Speak to us for expert legal advice on your entitlement to medical expenses, loss of wages and lump sum motorbike accident compensation
Being involved in a motorbike accident doesn't just affect your health - it affects your capacity to work and your livelihood. That's why, if you've been injured in a motorbike accident, you may be entitled to a range of benefits and compensation.
Compensation and benefits available to injured motorbike riders may include:
Assistance returning to work
Cost of home and vehicle modifications
If the accident wasn't your fault
Depending on your injury, you may also be entitled to claim lump sum damages for pain and suffering and loss of earnings if you can show that the accident was caused by the negligence or fault of another party.
Making a claim
You'll need to lodge a claim with the insurance company or regulatory body in your state.
Why it’s important to seek independent legal advice
Our team can offer independent advice on how much motorbike accident compensation you should seek and will undertake negotiations on your behalf.
Our team of expert lawyers have wide-ranging knowledge and experience in this area and are well equipped to handle motorbike accident claims for all injury types.
What we can do to help
We can help you maximise your claim and achieve a faster turnaround of payment by advising and assisting you with the process from start to end.
Our specialised experts can work with you to evaluate your needs and specific entitlements to help you get the most out of your compensation.
We can ensure that documents are lodged on time and with accuracy, while providing thorough updates at every stage of your claims process.
We closely follow legislative updates and changes, so we are in the best position to help ensure your compensation payment is comprehensive and up to date.
Meeting with a lawyer shouldn't be an overwhelming experience, to help you you can read more about what to expect when meeting your lawyer for the first time.
Slater and Gordon's No Win - No Fee* arrangement is generally available for all motorbike accident claims. This means you do not pay for professional fees unless your case is successful. If your case is successful, our fees are not a percentage of your compensation payout. Fees are agreed to upfront so there are no hidden or unexpected costs.
The No Win - No Fee* arrangement is designed to help those whose financial circumstances might otherwise deny them access to legal representation.
You will receive a document setting out the details of the No Win - No Fee* arrangement after your first appointment. You've not committed to anything until you sign and return the document to us. This is so you can take the time to understand your options and make a decision you're happy with.