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Motorcycle Accident Claim: Evidence You Can Use To Prove How Your Accident Occurred

Discover why the information you can rely on to prove your motorcycle accident claim is largely the same for all types of road accident; why the events of a motorbike accident are often uncertain or disputed; the evidence you can use to prove how your collision occurred so you can succeed with a claim for personal injury compensation and vehicle damage.

Is the evidence used in motorcycle accident claims the same as other road accidents?

“Yes” – the evidence you can rely on to show how your motorcycle accident occurred is largely the same no matter the type of motor vehicle that is involved in the collision.

Watch out – your motorcycle accident claim will often be more involved than other types of road accidents. The facts of how the accident occurred not be so clear, there may be different versions of events and your claim may be disputed.

Why are motorcycle accident claims likely to be uncertain or disputed?

Unfortunately, a motorcycle accident claim is often not as straight forward as a car accident claim.

Motorbikes are not as visible as larger vehicles

Your motorbike is not as visible as other larger vehicles, so your presence on the road may have been missed until it was too late or until after the collision had occurred.

Motorcycle accidents give rise to more serious injuries

You may well have suffered severe injuries including some form of head injury, which will understandably make your recollection of the accident events a little hazy

Watch out – motor insurers do not like paying out large compensation sums, so will often argue your motorcycle accident claim (both on who was at fault and how much the claim is worth) when injuries are more significant.

Difference in descriptions of how your accident occurred

This can often lead to a difference between your description of the accident and that of the other driver involved.

It is even possible neither of you can describe exactly what happened or the other driver may be deliberately hiding the truth to avoid a liability for your claim.

Determining responsibility

Before you can determine who is responsible for your motorcycle accident claim you need to know ways to show how your RTA happened.

What is the evidence you can rely to prove how your motorbike accident happened?

There are a number of useful ways that you can show what happened on the day of your road accident, some examples include:

The police report

If you have suffered a personal injury in a motorcycle accident – the police should attend at the scene to write a police report containing full details of the events.

The police report will typically include – photos of the scene (including relevant skid marks), details of vehicle damage and witness statements.

Legal tip – the police will provide your solicitor with a copy of the police report for a small fee and it will normally have enough information to show how your accident happened.

A criminal conviction as a result of your collision

The police may decide that your motorcycle accident was so bad that a driving offence may have occurred.

You can rely on a conviction of another driver to help show not only how your accident happened, but also that the person convicted was responsible for it.

motorbike accident crash scene
Motorbike Accident Crash Scene

Accident scene inspection

You can inspect the accident scene yourself if no police accident report was made or you feel something was missed in the police report.

It is often a good idea to put a notice up at the accident scene appealing for witnesses to come forward. The information you gather will assist you in showing how your accident happened.

Crash expert report

A crash expert report is really something your solicitor can obtain on your behalf, but it useful that you know what it is.

An expert engineer or crash expert can inspect the scene, consider the witness evidence, police report and inspect the vehicle damage. Based upon this information the expert can give an opinion on how the accident happen. This opinion can be used to support your motorcycle accident claim – both how it happened and who was responsible for it.

CCTV evidence of your motorbike accident

If there was a CCTV camera close to the crash scene – act quickly to get a copy of the footage from the council before it is destroyed. If your crash was recorded this will provide all the information you need.

Other evidence that can be used to support your motorcycle accident claim

This could include many things depending on the other vehicle concerned. For example, if a lorry is involved it should have a tachograph fitted recording the lorry’s speed throughout the day including at the time of your collision.

Summary Of Motorcycle Accident Claims & Next Steps

You now know why the events leading up to your motorcycle accident claim can be uncertain or disputed and what to rely on in the United Kingdom to show exactly how your RTA happened, so you can make a compensation claim.

We offer a number of specialist solicitor free online / telephone help options. Ask your own question, call a solicitor direct, receive an online motorcycle accident claim assessment.