Unfortunately, motorbike accidents tend to prove more dangerous than car accidents, and accidents involving other vehicles and individuals. The bike itself does not offer the same level of protection as a car not only because it does not have the same metal casing, but also because of the lack of airbags, seatbelts, and other safety features. Even wearing a helmet and sensible, protective clothing, does not prevent some of the most serious injuries, and bad accidents can, and do, lead to fatalities.
A helmet should be worn at all times when on a motorbike. It can protect your face, part of your neck, and your head, as well as your brain, and considering the consequences of brain injuries, the helmet really is a life saver. Other protective clothing can limit certain types of injury, too. Gloves, for example, protect your hands from contact damage, while boots protect your feet, which are especially prone. Protective trousers, pads, and jackets can help to prevent road rash, but none of these items will offer total protection, especially not in a high speed collision.
A high speed collision with any item, or even where you are thrown from your bike without hitting another object, can prove extremely dangerous and potentially even fatal. The road itself is an immovable object, while cars and vans are essentially as deadly, potentially even more so if you are involved in a head on collision with one.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and even more unfortunately, such accidents on motorbikes can lead to a loss of life. If you have lost a loved one in a motorbike accident, then there is no way to replace the loss of life. Compensation is not meant to put a price on your spouse’s, child’s, parent’s, or other loved one’s life, but it is meant to ensure that you do not suffer additional hardship as a result of their accident. It can provide you with the money needed to ensure that you meet their final wishes, that you continue to benefit from the financial support that they offered you, and that you are able to grieve properly without having to worry about monetary matters.
A specialist solicitor will be able to help calculate the amount of compensation that you are entitled to, but this will usually incorporate the cost of a funeral, bereavement payment, and the loss of earnings that you suffer as a result of the accident. Your solicitor will aim to prove that the other party was responsible for the accident, which in itself can offer some relief to the victim’s family, and they will ensure that the court knows a level of compensation that is fair, according to the information you provide and that they gather.
Motorbikes offer a sense of freedom and a level of enjoyment that many people crave, and while they are exciting, they can also be dangerous. Even the safest rider could potentially be involved in an accident, and if an accident that wasn’t their fault led to their passing, then you could have a right to claim compensation.
Carry On Biking can discuss the accident, provide you with a professional and sympathetic service, and help ensure that you do not have to suffer any additional hardship following the loss of a loved one in a bike accident.