13 Aug Who can I claim compensation from if I have been in a motorcycle crash?
If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash that was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation for your road traffic accident. Dependent on the cause of your crash, you can look for motorbike crash compensation from a number of people.
Car driver error motorbike accident claim
Many motorbike accidents occur as right-of-way violation road traffic accidents where one vehicle (often a car or lorry) infringes another’s right of way and causes an accident. In many of these cases, the car driver is completely at fault as they did not see the motorcyclist. In this case, you will be able to claim compensation from the driver of the vehicle, or their insurance company.
Unsafe road condition bike crash
Potholes, uneven road surfaces or excess gravel or mud are nuisances for most road users, but they can be extremely hazardous for motorcyclists.
These poor conditions can lead to pools, icy patches and otherwise poor or slippy conditions leading to motorcycle accidents.
If you have been involved in a motorbike accident due to an unexpected object, or unsafe road conditions you may be able to claim compensation from whoever is responsible for the road obstruction, such as local landowners or county or city councils or other local authorities.
Motorcyclists are also at risk from losing control of their motorbike if diesel or oil has been spilt on the road by other road users. In these cases, you may not be able to determine the person responsible for the oil spill.
Claiming against hit and run or uninsured drivers
Motorbike accidents can also be caused by other road users who cannot be identified. In cases such as oil recently being spilt on the road or hit and run accidents you may not be able to identify the person at fault. You may also be seeking motorbike crash compensation from an uninsured driver.
In these cases, you would be able to approach the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) for motorbike accident compensation. The MIBI was established in 1955 to compensate victims of road traffic accidents caused by uninsured and unidentified vehicles.
Motorbike crash on a bend or sharp turn
In the case of a motorcyclist crashing on a sharp bend without the presence of any other vehicle, liability may be completely down to the motorcyclist. In this case, the motorcyclist may not be eligible to claim for compensation, as there was no other party at fault.