A Case Study by Liz Hoskin
Some of our cases can be really challenging, but we don’t give up easily!
I received a call out of the blue from a gentleman asking if we could help him, as he’d been in a motorcycle accident.
Unfortunately, he knew very little, having been knocked unconscious in the collision, and woken up in hospital with a shattered wrist.
All he knew was that he’d gone into the back of a car.
He wasn’t sure exactly where the incident happened as he was not on a familiar route.
He didn’t know the registration details of the other vehicle.
He had two vague memories, one of coming round in the ambulance and seeing his motorcycle smashed up in the road, the other was being told by the ambulance crew is that there were cars parked illegally on the nearside of the road immediately after a left-hand bend, the occupants having pulled over suddenly to look at something.
He explained that he’d called his own insurance company solicitors but they’d explained that without details they couldn’t take his case on.
So, the challenge then was to do some detective work, to try and get clear details. Also, because the motorcyclist had ridden into the back of another vehicle, it was by no means certain that we would succeed in proving whose fault the incident was, especially without a clear memory.
What we did have was the name and address of the vehicle recovery company who had been instructed by the police. From them, we got the police reference number and then the details of the car driver and insurance company.
That took over six months, by which time at least the injuries were settling down a little.
Finally, we were able to make contact with the insurance company for the stationary car, who accepted liability for the incident, and we have recently been able to settle the claim for compensation.
Never give up!
How can SorryMate help you?
If you have been knocked off your bike, it can often feel like there is no one to turn to, to help you get back on. SorryMate are there for bikers who need legal advice when they have been knocked off their bike by a car, injured themselves due to potholes or poor road surfaces, or when they have been involved in an accident with other road users or pedestrians.
We are bikers, just like you, and understand the distress an accident can have. We want to make our roads safer, and we go after those who don’t.
SorryMate deal exclusively with motorbike accident compensation claims. We are made up of a team of specialist personal injury motorcycling lawyers, registered with the SRA, that can help you recover your deserved compensation.
Find out today if you have a claim for compensation by completing an enquiry form or by calling 0800 6 300 301.