Experienced motorbike accident solicitors

Motorbike accident solicitors. Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users and a motorbike accident can result in lifechanging injuries. The personal injury team at Gibson & Associates LLP is dedicated to supporting you through this challenging period, and providing you with advice about making a claim for compensation. If you have been injured in a motorbike accident, please get in touch with a member of our team now to find out about the next steps.

Motorbike accident solicitors

Motorbike accidents can be incredibly distressing and often result in severe injuries with long-lasting repercussions. In the first quarter of 2024 alone, nine motorcyclists lost their lives on Irish roads, while according to Garda Bike Safe, motorcyclists represent a disproportionately high percentage of total fatalities at an average of 22%, despite only making up 1.4% of registered vehicles.

Unlike car accidents that offer some protection from the accident impact, motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to serious harm even in seemingly minor collisions. The aftermath can be overwhelming, with accident victims facing not only the physical pain of their injuries but also a range of emotional and financial impacts.

At Gibson & Associates LLP, we understand how difficult life can be after a motorbike accident. Our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors can provide you with advice about your options, and whether you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation. To find out more, get in touch with our team on +353 (0)1 264 5555.

Causes of motorbike accidents

In motorbike accident claims, two distinctive factors set them apart from other road traffic compensation claims: the cause of the accident and the type of injuries sustained.

The RSA’s 2019 Motorcyclist Rider Behaviour Study revealed:

  • 43% of survey respondents admitted to occasionally exceeding the speed limit on country or rural roads, with 22% doing so on residential roads.
  • Over a two-year period, 12% of survey participants reported being involved in a road collision.
  • Nearly half of those involved in accidents sustained injuries, ranging from minor to serious.
  • During the time frame, 59% of respondents experienced a near miss while riding.

Despite the advancements in car safety technology, which have significantly reduced injuries in car accidents, motorcyclists remain particularly vulnerable due to their exposed position on the road.

Whiplash, a neck injury caused by sudden jerking motions during collisions, can result in symptoms like neck pain and stiffness, often persisting for extended periods. Soft tissue injuries, affecting muscles, ligaments, or tendons, can cause pain, swelling, and restricted movement.

Recovery, frequently requiring physiotherapy, may be slow and challenging. Fractures are also common among motorcyclists, especially in limbs, and in severe cases, can lead to lifelong disabilities; pelvic fractures in particular can result in long-term disabilities and require ongoing medical care.

What to do in the event of a motorbike accident

In the event of a motorbike accident, if you are able to do so, there are a series of steps to follow that will be helpful should you make a claim in the future.

Collect Contact Information: If there are witnesses, try to speak with them and collect their contact details. Witness accounts are often key to supporting your motorbike accident claim. Also collect the details of the people involved in the accident, such as their names, phone numbers, vehicle registrations, and insurance details.

Report the Accident: Notify the Gardai and request their presence at the accident site. If Gardai is not present, ensure you report the incident at the nearest Garda station as soon as possible.

Compile Documentation: Keep all medical receipts, consultations with GPs and specialists, as well as prescriptions for medications and records of medical appointments. These documents will be required for your motorbike accident compensation claim. Also keep a record of any financial losses you have suffered as a result of the accident, such as loss of income and expenses from the accident.

Consult a Solicitor: It’s vital to seek guidance from experienced motorbike accident solicitors promptly about making an application to the Injuries Board for your motorbike accident compensation claim.

About Gibson & Associates LLP

Experienced motorbike accident solicitors providing support to navigate your motorbike accident claim

Our personal injury solicitors are here to support you to achieve the best outcome after a motorbike accident. We understand how challenging it can be to deal with the physical and emotional challenges of an accident, and we will make your claim for compensation as straightforward as possible.

From assisting you to compile your application and submitting it to the Injuries Board to negotiating with the other party’s insurance and gathering all the information needed for your claim, we will be by your side every step of the way.

No matter where you are in Ireland, our team is ready to help. Call us at +353 (0)1 264 5555. for a confidentential discussion about your situation.

Frequently Asked Questions about motorbike accident claims

How long do I have to make a personal injury claim after a motorbike accident?

Typically, there’s a two-year window to initiate a claim for motorcycle injury damages following an accident. However, exceptions exist, particularly if the accident resulted in a head injury leading to cognitive impairment. In such cases, it may still be feasible to pursue damages beyond the standard two-year timeframe.

What will compensation cover?

General damages are designed to compensate you for pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and missed opportunities caused by the motorbike accident injury.

Special damages, on the other hand, apply to all your current and future financial losses and needs, such as the time you have had off work and missed out on an income, and the costs of covering your medical treatment, both now and in the future.

How long will my claim take to be finalised?

This is different in every situation. Typically, claims made to the Personal Injury Assessment Board (PIAB) take nine months from the time the Board advises the defendant.

If however the claim cannot be dealt with by the PIAB, you have the option to seek a judgement from the court, which can take significantly more time to be dealt with.

How do I report a motorbike accident?

If there are injuries, call the Garda immediately and wait for their arrival. Otherwise, either party involved can contact the Garda and report the accident on the scene or at the nearest Garda station.

Do I need a solicitor to make a motorbike accident claim?

While it’s not mandatory to have a solicitor, having legal representation can significantly improve your chances of a successful claim. Your solicitor will manage the claims process for you, gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance companies, and advocating for your rights.

What happens if the other party denies liability for the accident?

If the other party denies liability for the accident, it may prolong the claims process and require further investigation to determine fault. In such cases, your solicitor can gather evidence, including witness statements, photographs, and expert opinions, to support your claim and establish liability.

What if the other party is uninsured or underinsured?

If the other party involved in the accident is uninsured or underinsured, you may still be able to claim compensation through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI).

The MIBI provides a fund to compensate victims of uninsured or unidentified drivers. Your solicitor can guide you through the process of making a claim through the MIBI.

Our personal injury solicitors provide trusted legal advice and guidance for people throughout Ireland who have been involved in a motorbike accident.

Our personal injury solicitors are dedicated to providing you with the very best advice about your options and the claims process.

We understand making a claim can feel stressful however we are committed to supporting you with the compassionate and steady approach needed to navigate the claims process.

For a confidential discussion about your motorbike accident claim, please contact our team at +353 1 264 5555.