Motorcycle Passenger Injuries
When people hear about motorbike accidents, they automatically picture an image of a sole rider being dismounted. They rarely, if ever, picture a passenger on a bike being injured. However, those who have been a passenger in a crash and families of those involved, know that this image is very much a reality.
It is a fact that both drivers and passengers on a motorbike could suffer a serious injury if involved in an accident.
There were a number of reported crashes involving motorbikes in the UK this year alone, and many of these would have resulted in a pillion passenger injury. Were you one of those? If so, you may be entitled to a motorcycle passenger personal injury claim.
What Are the Laws Concerning Motorbike Passengers?
The law specifies that the driver is fully responsible for the safety of a passenger.
When carrying a pillion passenger, the driver must:
- Be a qualified driver (learners are not allowed to carry a passenger)
- Provide a secure seating position
- Provide the passenger with a BSA approved helmet
- Establish a method of communicating with each other
The laws in the UK around motorbike passenger accident claims are complex. This makes getting independent advice from a company specialised in RTA (Road Traffic Accident) claims all the more important.
Can I Make a Claim for my Motorcycle Accident?
If you suffered a pillion passenger injury through no fault of your own then yes, you can make a claim. When considering your eligibility for making a claim ask yourself the following questions:
- Was the bike I was travelling on fitted with a suitable passenger seat?
- Did my feet comfortably reach the footrests?
- Was I provided with a BSA helmet?
- Did the rider agree on a method of communication with me once I was on board?
- If a first-time passenger, did the rider clearly explain the risks of riding as a pillion passenger?
If you found yourself shaking your head to one or more of the above, then it is likely that you are eligible to make a claim for your motorcycle accident.
As a passenger on a bike, you have very little control over what happens to the motorcycle. As a result, motorcycle passenger personal injury claims tend to be simpler than other RTA claims. Despite this, it is important that you get the best possible legal representation available. This will ensure that you get the settlement you and your family deserve as well as taking the stress away from you.
If you were a motorbike passenger and were injured as a result of an accident caused by the motorcyclist or another driver, or if it happened because there were defects in the road, you could be entitled to compensation.
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