If you are a motorcyclist, then you are a vulnerable road user: unlike bigger, heavier vehicles, the design of your bike offers very little protection from the other vehicles around you and road features such as walls and trees. If you come into contact with any of them, then you are likely to be injured or, if you're travelling at high speed, maybe even killed.
Pedestrians are vulnerable road users too and will usually come off worst if they have a collision with a motorcyclist. However, this does not mean that the motorcyclist will not also be injured. In fact, motorbike riders are very likely to be hurt as well.
It is also sometimes presumed that, in such an accident, it is the motorcyclist who will be deemed liable, but this isn't necessarily true. For instance, if the pedestrian was distracted and did not pay enough attention to the road when crossing, then this would make them at least partially responsible.
Claiming as a motorcyclist against a pedestrian
If you have been injured in a motorbike accident involving a pedestrian you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. To succeed, you will have to show:
- that the pedestrian owed you a duty of care
- but they breached that duty of care
- and you were injured as a result
It is a complicated area, especially if you and the pedestrian were each partly to blame for the accident.
It's rare for cases such as this to be black and white, and it's normal for both injured parties to share partial liability.
Which is precisely why specialist legal advice is essential. That is where we come in. Thompsons Solicitors is an award-winning personal injury law firm with lawyers who are experts in dealing with road traffic accidents. We can help you successfully claim the fair amount of compensation to help you cope with a motorbike accident injury.
A helping hand when you need it most
Being involved in a road accident can have serious consequences and cause life-changing injuries, creating a difficult time for you and your loved ones. But Thompsons can give you all the necessary advice and support while clearly laying out all that you need to know about the legal process.