Motorbike Accident Injury Claims in Perth and Western Australia
If you or a family member has been injured due to, in some part, someone else’s negligent driving, it is imperative that you seek the advice of an expert injury lawyer and lodge a motorbike accident claim. The benefits and overall compensation owed to you can vary, depending on the location of the accident as well as the circumstances that resulted in your injury.
Motorbike riders are generally the most at risk on Australian roads. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident with another vehicle, the likelihood of you being physically injured tends to be much higher. On a motorbike, injuries sustained in even a smaller collision can be devastating.
Whilst the majority of motorbike riders are licensed and ride carefully, observe all road rules and wear the necessary protective gear, they are sometimes not visible on the road. This can result in a high level of injuries and even fatalities.
You may not be sure if you require a lawyer for your specific case. It is recommended to seek a lawyer if:
- You require appropriate compensation for injuries incurred
- You have injured your neck, shoulders, back, knees, arms, or broken any bones
- You have taken time off work and are unsure of what lump sum is owed to you
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What Steps Should I Take After A Motorcycle Accident?
If you are involved in a motorbike accident and are still able to move and function thereafter, there are several important steps to take in order to ensure your motorbike accident claim will be successful. If the accident is more serious and you are unable to do it yourself, it is up your next of kin to ensure these steps are taken on your behalf.
Examine Your Health And Overall Safety
The first priority immediately after the motorbike accident has occurred is to ensure all involved parties are ok. It is crucial to contact a medical professional to examine the injured parties in order to document any injuries or irregularities caused by the accident.
It is important to request and keep all medical records and certificates from the medical professional, as they will be vital to your motorbike accident claim.
Gather The Details Of The Other People Involved
If the driver is still on the scene, it is crucial you take down as much detail about them and their vehicle as possible, including name, vehicle registration and insurance details.
It is also recommended to take pictures of the vehicle as well as anything else that could be deemed evidence. If it was a hit and run situation, it is important to notify the police immediately and have them come to the location of the accident.
Report The Accident To The Police And The Insurance Commission Of Western Australia.
If the police attend the accident, they may take a report from you at the scene. However, whether or not they attend, you should still complete an online crash report form, as this will provide a record of all parties involved, the accident circumstances and whether or not there were any injuries. You should submit this as soon as possible after the accident as any unexplained delay may prejudice your claim. This is because ICWA need to be able to investigate the claim promptly, so the sooner they are notified, the better.
Submit A Personal Injury Compensation Claim
This should be done as soon as you are aware that you have an injury that requires treatment. This is done once you have reported the claim as described above. It is done by sending ICWA a “Notification of Intention to Claim” form which will allow them to set up a file for your claim. They will then be able to consider funding your treatment costs, such as physiotherapy, rehabilitation, medication, specialist costs etc. as well as compensation for pain and suffering providing that certain criteria are met.
Remember that injury claims are dealt with by ICWA, whereas vehicle and property damage claims are dealt with by the relevant commercial insurer. If you need to lodge a vehicle damage claim, you will need to notify the negligent driver’s insurer so that they can then investigate and assess your claim. You will need to provide evidence of the estimated cost of repairs and any other losses you may have which relate to your vehicle, e.g. replacement car hire charges.
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West Australian Motorcycle Accident Injury Claim Assessment Process
Once they receive notice of a claim, ICWA will assess who was at fault and, if they accept the claim, will review the medical evidence and recommendations. The factors that may influence their decision include:
ICWA will issue a claim reference number and once they have accepted the claim, they will monitor your progress, mainly through medical reports. In addition to reviewing medical reports from your own doctors and specialists, they will often send you to see one of their own specialists to obtain a second opinion.
Once you have recovered, or your condition has stabilised, your claim can be assessed. Your lawyer will review all the evidence and will put forward a submission to ICWA regarding the amount they think you should receive. The claim will then proceed by way of negotiation with ICWA. Most claims are agreed in this way. If agreement cannot be reached, it may be necessary to issue court proceedings.
What will impact the compensation amount in a Motorcycle Personal Accident Injury Claim?
The amount of compensation you may be entitled to will depend upon:
Because there are many different aspects to a personal injury claim, it is a good idea to seek professional advice and guidance on what you should be including in your claim.
How can Motor Legal help your Motor Vehicle Accident Injury Claim?
We have been dealing with motor vehicle accident, injury, and insurance claims for over 30 years and we do not deal with any other type of law.
It means that when you deal with us, you know that this is the area in which we operate, providing an end-to-end service on any motoring matter.
We provide you with free initial advice to help you work out whether you have a claim and can explain your rights so that you can make an informed decision about how to proceed.
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However you get from A to B, if you’ve had a car accident and sustained a personal injury, Motorlegal will help you sort out your injury claim. Whether a personal injury from a car accident, a motorbike accident, accident on a bus, bicycle accident, or an accident as a pedestrian you will have the assurance of professional legal support and guidance.
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We are a firm of motor vehicle accident lawyers specialising in motor vehicle accident and insurance claims. We concentrate on what we are good at. We provide a one stop service for our clients on any motoring matter following an accident meaning we take care of everything. We have worked for both claimants and insurers and know exactly what you are entitled to claim. We know the process and we know the system. We provide free advice up front so you can determine what your rights and options are without worrying about cost.
Motorlegal offers a wide range of services, including:
- advice and representation in personal injury claims
- recovering the cost of repairs to your vehicle
- dealing with insurance disputes
- arranging a hire car if you need one
- recovering all other losses not covered by your insurance
Because we specialise in motor vehicle claims, we are able to deal with queries and resolve problems quickly.
If you have been injured, we will probably need to obtain medical reports to support your claim. Once your injuries have settled, your claim can be finalised. This may take a few months or longer depending upon the severity of your injuries.
If your claim does not involve personal injury, we will issue a letter of demand to recover your losses from the driver at fault and ask for payment to be made within 21 days. If we have to issue legal proceedings to recover your losses, it will take longer but we will always keep you informed of the progress of your claim.
No. Our initial advice is absolutely free. What you choose to do from there is up to you.
Yes – even if you are the driver at fault.
Yes. We can still advise you on what you need to do. In some cases you may only be partly at fault which means you are still entitled to make a claim for any losses or injuries.
If you are claiming compensation for personal injury, we act on a no win no fee basis. This means we do not charge you if you lose your case but you still pay for any disbursements we have incurred on your behalf e.g. medical reports and court fees. If you win, we will recover most of our costs from the other driver’s insurer. We only ask you to meet any shortfall in our costs at the end of the claim once you have received your settlement offer. All of this will be explained to you fully beforehand. For all other accident claims, we can work on a fixed fee basis if you prefer so that you know exactly how much it will cost from the start.
Most claims settle without going to court and it is unlikely that you will have to attend.
We are happy to see you at any time but we can obtain most of the information we need by phone or email. We will generally contact you if we need anything – we do this to save time and costs.
You are required by law to report an injury claim from a traffic crash via the ICWA online crash reporting facility. We can help make sure that it’s done correctly.