Fractures Caused by Motorcycle Accidents
If you have suffered from fractures in a motorbike accident which was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. At Macks Solicitors, we are experts in dealing with all kinds of motorbike accident claims and will work to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and for any financial losses. Contact us for expert advice without obligation, on 0800 980 9386.
Motorcycle accidents are becoming increasingly common on our roads, and the injuries sustained in this type of accident can be severe. Motorcyclists often suffer from broken bones and fractures as a result of coming off their bike after a collision. Many motorbike accidents are caused by other drivers on the road, whether through a driving offence such as speeding or a lack of due care and attention. Fractures caused by motorcycle accidents may often be the result of a driver simply not paying attention. Whatever the reason for their negligence, the outcome for the motorcyclist is likely to be serious injury.
How can fractures be sustained in a motorbike accident?
Motorbikes are relatively small compared to cars, so after a quick glance without paying due care and attention, a car driver may not realise that there is a motorbike approaching.
One of the more common motorbike accidents is when a vehicle pulls out of a junction and collides with a motorbike that was travelling on the road with right of way; countless motorcycle riders have been injured by a vehicle pulling out in this manner. Fractures caused by motorcycle accidents can be avoided if other drivers take more care when completing manoeuvres on the road. When pulling out of a junction drivers must look multiples times, as advised by government guidelines (check Direct.gov motorcycle guidelines), to ensure that no motorbikes are approaching or are disguised by things in the road that wouldn’t usually conceal a car.
A large number of minor fractures sustained in motorcycle accidents are due to dooring. When stationary vehicles are parked at the side of the road, they can often fail to observe a motorcyclist approaching and open the roadside door in to the path of the biker. The motorcycle rider then impacts upon the open door and will likely be thrown from their bike into the road. They may even be seriously injured if they are forced into the path of traffic that will collide with them. Dooring can be avoided simply by checking mirrors before opening doors and looking around for longer, as motorbikes can be concealed in the blind spots of vehicles.
Drivers changing lanes:
Another cause of motorcycle fracture injuries is drivers changing lanes on motorways or dual-carriage ways without paying proper attention to road users around them. Drivers may not check their mirrors and blind spots for long enough before changing lanes, which may cause them to collide with a motorcyclist. There are two instances where this may happen. Firstly, the driver of another vehicle may change lanes without looking and therefore not realise that a motorcyclist is traveling up the lane they are moving into; this will result in the car impacting against the motorcycle and lead to the motorcyclist sustaining serious injuries. The second instance is where a motorcyclist decides to change lanes and position themselves either in front of or behind a car. The car driver in that lane, due to lack of observation, may be unaware of the motorcycle entering the same lane and may speed up or slow down causing an impact with the motorcycle.
Fractures can occur in any part of the body; depending on the nature of the accident they may be minor or major. Fractures to the spine or skull are particularly damaging and may require long-term care and medical treatment. It is important that the hospital fully examines you after a motorbike accident, as a hairline fracture can be difficult to spot and may cause complications later on if it is not quickly identified.
Making a motorbike claim:
Fractures can occur in a wide variety of motorbike accidents. If you would like to speak to us about a motorcycle accident that you were involved in please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 980 9386, without obligation, for a free discussion about making a motorbike claim. You can also fill out our simple online claim form.