No matter how careful a rider you may be, there are a lot of drivers on the road not paying full attention – texting, eating, navigating or generally taking their eyes off the road.

A small clip on their wing may mean minor damage to their car but a major accident for a motorcyclist. You will always be more vulnerable and less visible than a car.

Only a fellow biker knows how differently a bike handles to a car and how different are the results of a collision or a crash caused by a badly maintained road surface.

At Thomas Dunton, our head of Personal Injury, Robert Sardo, is a former biker and someone who has experienced the consequences of a motorcycle accident and the need for full compensation for the rider and his bike. Not only can injuries be more severe for a biker but besides his damaged motorcycle, there may be valuable accessories and expensive protective clothing that the insurance company may initially want to ignore.

Life changing

If you are a motorcyclist, or a passenger on a motorcycle, and have been involved in an accident, you may be entitled to claim compensation for any injuries you receive and for damage to your motorcycle.

Regardless of the cause of the accident, whether it be another motorist, a pothole, poorly maintained roads or spillages such as oil or mud, our specialist team will be happy to discuss the circumstances with you and support your claim for compensation whether the injuries range from minor to severe to life changing.

Should the accident have been fatal, we will also support the family of the deceased in advancing their claim.

The service we provide combines experience, knowledge, dedication and empathy to ensure that you
receive the maximum compensation for both rider and bike to which you are entitled and our total
support during what can be a very difficult time.

Cycling Accidents

Did you know that 92% of all cycling casualties occur on built up roads where the speed limit is 40 miles per hour or less?
Over 3,000 cyclists are seriously injured and over 100 deaths occur each year. Over a third of these accidents occur in London and the South East with the great majority (84%) in urban areas. However, around half of cyclists’ deaths occur on country roads, with the majority involving another vehicle. Most occur during weekday rush hour and the majority are at road junctions, often with the cyclist simply
“going ahead”.
Most injuries are to the head and face and to the arms and particularly shoulders.

Compensation claims

If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an accident within the last three years, which was
not your fault, our Personal Injury Team will beable to advise on whether you may be entitled
to claim compensation for your injuries.
Expert advice is necessary, not only because serious injuries may require long term care funding, but also because insurers are seeking to place more responsibility on cyclists for their own safety. They will argue whether wearing a helmet would have made any difference to the injuries suffered and that the cyclist may have also broken the law and is, therefore, partially responsible for the accident. This can mean a reduction in the amount of compensation which can be claimed.

 Essential Information

We will be able to meet you and discuss your injuries at your free initial interview but it would help us considerably in assessing your claim if you would provide the following information.

Motorcyclist experience:
  • How old are you?
  • Do you hold a full British Motorcycle Licence?
  • How long have you been riding?
  • Do you have off-road experience, such as motor-cross etc?
  • Do you have any biking qualifications, e.g. advanced riding etc?
  • What is the average mileage you bike each year?
  • Do you use the bike for work, leisure or both?
  • Where is the bike ridden – town, country, Europe, etc?
  • Are you a member of a bike club?

 

The Motorcycle:
  • Make/model ?
  • Specification of the bike ?
  • Is it a Standard model or customised, e.g. top-boxes, intercoms, panniers, security systems, etc?
  • Where was the bike purchased, the cost and is it registered in UK?
  • Any other comments ?

 

Personal Property Losses:
  • Helmet type – BS kite mark
  • Goggles
  • Leather Jacket or Trousers
  • Thermals – top and bottom
  • Gloves or Boots
  • Watches
  • Spectacles
  • Top boxes and panniers
  • Radios and intercom systems
  • Tattoos – damaged due to injuries
  • Ear-rings/nose rings/tongue rings/belly rings – damaged due to injuries
  • Any other losses to property

 

Motorcycle damage assessment:
  • Are you the registered owner of the bike?
  • Is it insured in your name?
  • Does the bike have Comprehensive insurance or Third Party only?
  • If Third Party, does it include fire and theft for your bike?
  • Does the insurance include pillion passengers?
  • Are top-boxes and intercoms included in the insurance?
  • Do you have access to another bike?
  • Has the insurance assessor’s valuation allow for customised changes?
  • Have you been offered a “write off” valuation by the insurer?

 

Funding your claim

We offer a full range of funding options including “No Win, No fee”, whereby you do not have to pay any upfront costs and there is nothing to pay should you lose the case.

Please click here for full details of all funding options.

What Thomas Dunton can do for you

At Thomas Dunton we have a wealth of experience in personal injury compensation claims and our Head of Department, Robert Sardo, has been a keen biker for many years.

The service we provide combines experience, knowledge, dedication and empathy to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled and our total support during what can be a very difficult time.

Did you know that accident victims who turn down an insurer’s initial offer and seek legal advice get on average 2 – 3 times more compensation? (Source: The Law Society 2013).

If you have any further questions or would like to book your free interview, please do not hesitate to call us on 01689 822554 or Freephone 0800 146340 or complete the enquiry form on this page.
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