Fatal Motorbike Accident

June 20, 2018

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about fatal motorbike accidents. We will look at the impact fatal accidents have on people’s lives, the compensation options available to you, and who will investigate the claim.

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The Impact of a Fatal Motorbike Accident

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Fatal motorbike accidents can leave devastating consequences. Many deaths involving a road accident will result in the other party being charged with either careless driving or reckless driving. Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than car occupants.

As experienced compensation solicitors, we understand that the compensation is of little consequence immediately following the loss of a loved one due to a tragic fatal bike accident. Getting to the truth of how the fatal accident occurred and how the motorcyclist died is a priority. Once this has been established, then the compensation for the claim becomes an essential factor in easing the financial burden and helping the bereaved family to come to terms with the sudden and tragic loss. To make a motorbike accident compensation claim, the solicitors will have to prove “negligence” against the other party concerned.

A fatal motorbike accident can be complex and demanding factually and in law, so specialist solicitors are required.

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Can I Claim for My Relative or Friend?

If you have lost a loved one due to a fatal motorbike or fatal bike accident, you may be able to claim compensation on their behalf. Compensation is a possibility when the death has been brought about due to someone else’s dangerous or careless driving. There are several scenarios where you may be able to make a compensation claim. For example, you may be able to make a claim if you were financially dependent on the deceased, were an immediate relative or are representing the estate. We highly recommend that you speak to one of our solicitors to find out the full details on who is eligible. Compensation will help you come to terms with the fatal motorbike accident and help to cover any expenses such as medical fees and funeral costs.


What Is a Dependency Claim?

A dependent is classified as relying on another person for financial support or other reasons, such as care. This often includes spouses and children. When a person has died following someone else’s negligent actions, the dependents will suffer. If this is the case, then a dependency claim can be made. Dependency claims are made because following the person’s death, the dependents no longer have access to financial support and other essential services.


Who Investigates the Motorbike Accident Claim?

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First of all, it’s important to note that a compensation claim is separate from criminal proceedings and is not handled by the police. When you hire a solicitor, they will work to gather the facts of the case. The solicitors will investigate who was responsible for the accident and gather vital evidence showing the impact it has had on the claimant’s life. As part of their investigations, solicitors collate essential documents and evidence, including police reports, witness statements and medical reports. When they feel a strong case has been built, it will be brought to the other party’s attention, who can accept or deny liability. If there are disagreements about who was liable for the accident or how much compensation should be awarded, the final decision will be made by a judge.

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How Long Does it Take to Make a Fatal Motorbike Claim?

Making a compensation claim for a fatal bike accident can be a lengthy and complicated process. To ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you deserve, it’s essential to be as thorough as possible. Every tiny detail matters and can affect whether you will win your claim or how much money you will be awarded. As several factors affect each case, we cannot provide a guarantee on when your compensation claim will be concluded. However, as a general rule of thumb, you can expect your fatal motorbike accident claim to last between 4 to 9 months.

As part of the claims process, your solicitors will gather documents, speak to witnesses, and collect evidence to build a strong case. This investigation stage is perhaps the most lengthy and detailed part of the process. It’s also important to note that there is a limitation period. Generally speaking, a claim must be submitted by three years following the date of the death. The sooner you appoint a firm, the better your chances to build a strong claim and ensure your claim is submitted in time.


What Is a Coroner?

A coroner is an independent official who investigates deaths caused by unknown causes. In the case of a fatal motorbike accident, the coroner will reach a verdict on how the person died, including the injuries that led to the death. As part of their inquest, the coroner may rule that the death was unlawful. An inquest is critical in determining how a person died and whether a compensation claim can be made. However, it’s important to note that coroners do not apportion blame to any individual. They are simply there to identify the cause of death, not who was responsible.


The Common Causes of a Fatal Bike Accident

There are several causes that can affect how motorbike and bike accidents occur. As we have already explained, statistics prove that motorcyclists are much more likely to die due to an accident than other road users, largely due to their lack of protection and careless consideration from others. The chances of a fatality are significantly increased if the victim sustains severe head injuries or endures issues with their respiratory system.

Most fatal motorbike accidents are caused by another person, either through human error or careless/dangerous driving. Motorcyclists are more likely to die from an accident than cyclists due to the speed at which they travel. Accidents caused by motorists usually involve cutting in front of the motorcyclist’s path, driving recklessly, being distracted, not looking at their blind spot, speeding, or failing to give way at a junction. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs also increases the chances of a serious collision. Death is more likely the faster the speed of both vehicles, particularly if the rider is flung off their bike at force or finds themselves trapped underneath an object. The biggest concern for motorcyclists and cyclists is their reduced visibility to others.

Fatal motorbike accidents not caused by motorists can include dangerous roads, potholes and uneven road surfaces, hazardous weather conditions such as strong winds, and slippy roads caused by spillages or ice. These accidents usually cause the rider to lose control of their bike. When losing control at high speeds, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer serious and fatal injuries.


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If one of your family members or friends has passed away due to dangerous or careless driving, please contact our fatal road traffic accident solicitors for independent expert advice. As fatal injury solicitors, we are here to help support the family throughout this trying time. We will deal with all aspects of the compensation claim and get to the truth of what happened.

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