For some, it’s an affordable and quick way to commute, while for others it’s a way of life. Although every biker rides for different reasons, the one thing they share is that they are one of the most vulnerable users on our roads. This is exacerbated by the fact that when motorcycle accidents occur, the injuries sustained are often far more serious and complex than if that same accident occurred in another vehicle.
The effects of these accidents can last for months, years or even the rest of your life. Medical bills can pile up quickly, time off work can affect your income, and the injuries themselves can reduce your quality of life. That’s why, if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation – giving you the best chance to recover from whatever injury you have sustained.
At Crimmins Howard, we understand bikers and the trauma of motorcycle accidents and we pride ourselves on being true experts in this field. We know that being involved in a motorcycle accident can be a stressful time for you and your loved ones and we understand that getting back on your bike might equate to enjoying life again.
That’s why our team of expert motorcycle accident solicitors will do everything we can to make the process run as smoothly as possible. We’ll listen to your story, provide you with practical legal advice and draw upon every possible resource we can to make sure that the injuries you’ve suffered aren’t ignored. We’re here to make the experience as straight forward as possible.
Our 5-Step Guide To Motorcycle Accidents
Following these very simple steps after a motorcycle accident can help ensure that you are in the best possible position to initiate a claim, should you later decide to do so:
Step 1 – Medical Attention
The first step in any motorcycle accident is to check to see if you, your passengers, or anybody else involved in the accident needs medical attention. If medical attention is required, call an ambulance immediately on 999 or 112.
Even if you feel medical attention is not immediately required at the scene, we advise that you visit your doctor as soon as possible following an accident to ensure that there are no threats to your health that you may not have noticed.
Step 2 – Call the Gardaí
Regardless of how minor or serious the motorcycle accident is, you should always call the Gardaí. If they decide it is not serious enough for them to attend, it is important that you visit your nearest Garda station as soon possible and request that they take your statement about the accident and provide them with any details they require. If the Gardaí have been called, remain at the scene until they arrive.
Step 3 – Gather Information
Regardless of whether or not the Gardaí arrive, if you are able and it is safe for you to do so, collect all the relevant information in connection with your motorcycle accident, such as:
- Date and time of the accident.
- Location of the accident.
- Registration number of the other vehicle(s).
- Insurance information of the other vehicle(s).
- Name and address of the other driver(s) / people involved.
- Name of any Gardaí that arrive at the scene.
- Contact details of any witnesses to the accident.
Always remember that you should not leave the scene of a motorcycle accident until you have given your name, insurance details and registration details to the other parties.
Step 4 – Take Photos
Taking pictures of the scene from different angles can help your solicitor and other people working on your case understand how and why the accident happened.
Step 5 – Contact a Solicitor
If you have suffered an injury due to a motorcycle accident, seeking the advice of a professional and experienced *personal injuries solicitor is in your best interests. They will organise medical appointments, submit the relevant applications, negotiate settlements on your behalf, and represent your interests if your case ever goes to court.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s important that you act quickly and initiate your claim as soon as possible. Generally speaking, you must begin your claim within 2 years from the date of your accident.
Get in touch
Although it’s important that you act quickly, it’s just as important for you choose a firm that has a proven track record in taking and winning motorcycle accident cases. We are that firm. With Crimmins Howard, you can be certain that from day one we will dedicate our time and resources to help get you back on track.
So, if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, or have suffered any other injury (through no fault of your own), call Crimmins Howard for a free, no obligation consultation.