Motorbike accidents abroad claims

Riding a motorbike is considered a highly enjoyable and exhilarating form of transport. It enables freedom and independence and appeals to a wide range of ages.

Motorcycling was once the preserve of the young but no longer. Many middle aged and older people have taken up this activity, drawn by the lure of the freedom of the road.

Motorcycling has its advantages: cheaper, easier and less hassle than a car. But an increase in motorbike ownership is matched by a rise in the number of accidents and injuries.

There is an added attraction in motorcycling abroad: the chance to explore new places and to do your own thing but if an accident occurs then it can have serious consequences. These include physical and psychological injuries which affect both you and your family.

If you become injured as a result of an accident - which is not your fault - then you may be able to claim compensation.

Causes of motorbike accidents whilst abroad

Accidents usually occur for the following reasons:

  • Actions of another road user
  • Defective road surface, e.g. potholes, oil spillage
  • Object/s in the road
  • Bad weather, e.g. driving rain
  • Mechanical problem

It is easy to assume that the motorcyclist is at fault but in many cases this is not true. An accident can occur in a split second and often on the part of another road user.

A motorbike accident is a distressing experience and one that can have a devastating impact. It can result in serious injury or a life long disability, or a fatality.

Making a claim for compensation from a motorbike accident abroad

If you are involved in an accident then the thought of making a claim for compensation can be off-putting. If you are part of a group on an organised holiday then you may be able to make a claim against the tour company.

A claim can be made under the 4th EU Motor Directive which enables people injured in road accidents to make a claim for compensation.

(Source: MIB: Motor Insurers Bureau)

This applies if your accident occurred in countries part of the European Union. But if it happened in a country outside of the EU then seek advice from your insurance company or find your nearest British Embassy.

A personal injury law firm or a claims management company will have lawyers who are specially trained in motorbike accidents whilst abroad.

The claims process is discussed in full in our making a claim for compensation section.

Time limit for claiming compensation for a motorbike accident abroad

If you are considering a claim for compensation then make an application within 3 years of the date of the accident.

A few tips for safer motorcycling whilst abroad

There are risks associated with motorcycling but there are steps you can take to reduce these without minimising the enjoyment.

These include:

  • Undertaking motorcycling training (which includes the two part motorbike test).
  • Learn to ride defensively (e.g. looking for dangers on the road and expecting the worst).
  • Learn to ride in a group
  • Be visible
  • Avoid excessive speeding

There is the temptation to speed when riding a motorbike but it is important to avoid doing so as well as having consideration for other road users. Stick to the speed limits and stay safe.

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