Diesel Spills Claims
Road surface defects and hazards including potholes, leaves, ice, mud or diesel spills are as potentially dangerous for both motorcyclists and pillion passengers as are other road users.
Diesel spills are considered a type of road defect which can cause accidents to both motorcyclists and pillion passengers. Research by road transport experts shows that there is more chance of a serious or fatal accident involving a diesel spill than of ice being on the road.
It is a common misconception that if you have an accident due to a diesel spill or oil spill that you cannot claim motorbike accident compensation for personal injury and financial losses. However, you CAN claim motorbike accident compensation if an accident were to occur as a result of a spillage in the road.
Diesel spills are common on the roads today and if you or a family member have suffered as a result, through no fault of your own then please contact us today on 0800 011 2757 or 0151 724 7121.
Motorcyclists injured as a result of losing control on diesel spills or oil spills are entitled to compensation if it can be shown that on the balance of probability (more than 50%) that the negligence of an untraced road user led to the diesel or oil spill on the road. That negligence is usually either through a deliberate act such as overfilling a fuel tank or by failing to properly secure the fuel tank.
Thus, in the case of an accident involving a diesel spill you will have to prove that there was negligence and the diesel spill posed a threat to safe driving. It can be difficult to pinpoint who is to blame for the diesel spill. It could be found that the local authority is responsible for the poor condition of the road, or a certain company or individual are responsible for the diesel spill or it could be down to the negligence of another road user.
What to do if you have been involved in a diesel spill accident
The first thing you must do is to inform the police about the accident, do not leave reporting longer than 14 days after the accident. If it is then safe and possible to do so, take some photographs of the scene and write down any information about the accident which you may forget. If there are any witnesses during your accident, get their names and addresses. Also write down details of any damage to your bike or other equipment. Finally, when possible, inform the local council of the accident.
If you were unable to do this immediately after your accident, call us today on 0800 011 2757 or 0151 724 7121 and our motorbike accident solicitors will help and advice you regarding your potential motorbike accident compensation claim. Although motorbike accident solicitors are based in the North West, we have represented clients in motorcycle accident claims on a national basis. Please call 0800 011 2757 or 0151 724 7121 and make your motorbike compensation claim now!
R James Hutcheon Solicitors
T: 0800 011 2757
T: 0151 724 7121
Posted: June 6, 2015 at 8:06 pm