It is an unfortunate fact that bikers are involved in a lot of accidents*. Our managing partner is a motorcyclist and knows well the dangers that you face on the road. If you are involved in an accident, you’re going to need the best solicitor possible looking after you.
The general idea that “motorbikes are dangerous” means that bikers are often landed with the blame in a crash. Research has shown the negative attitudes that car drivers have towards motorcyclists and one American study showed how members of the jury were likely to blame the motorcyclist for an accident just because he was riding a motorbike! What you need is someone who is on your side, who understands motorbikes and the dangers that they face on the road. Our managing partner Niall Farrell has been a biker for many years and understands how accidents happen. He knows how vulnerable bikers are on the road and how they can suffer at the hands of other road users.
Here at motorbikelaw.ie, we’ve compiled information from many studies all over the world to help keep you safe. See our safe biking guide and accident research page here.
If you have a crash on a bike, there is a strong chance that you will be injured. The Personal Injuries Assessment Board (“injuriesboard.ie”) will assess how much compensation you will receive. Have a look at our injuriesboard.ie guide. It will explain when the Injuries Board will deal with your case and when it won’t. It will explain to you the approximate sums you can expect for different types of injuries.
Who is to blame?
Unfortunately, bikers have a bad reputation. This means you may get blamed when a crash isn’t your fault. Alternatively, your crash may have been caused by factors like a dodgy road surface or oil spills. Read the statistics on who’s at fault. This will help you find out when you shouldn’t accept blame for an accident.
THINGS TO REMEMBER IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT
• It is very important to keep a record of all expenses that result from the accident, for example doctors’ fees, taxis because you can’t ride anymore, loss of earnings because you can’t work, cost of a new bike if your old one is written off etc. Ask for receipts and keep a special book where you record dates and amounts.
• If you go to hospital, they will make a record of your injuries. If you don’t, it is advisable to go to the doctor so that he/she can assess and record your injuries. If your injuries are not serious enough to go to the doctor, make sure you take photos of them (recording the date).
• In all cases, keep a diary outlining how your injuries progress.
For any kind of motorbike query don’t hesitate to call us on 045 431542 for an opinion of your case. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our “Evaluation of your Case” link at the top of this page and we’ll get back to you.
* In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.