Motor cycle accident

What to do if you've been injured in a motorbike accident

There are many excellent reasons to ride a motorcycle: convenience, fuel efficiency, or simply recreation. Motor cycle accident claims are made when someone is unfortunate enough to get into an accident with another vehicle because the chances of being physically injured tend to be higher and the injuries tend to be more severe.

If you ride a motorbike and you've been injured in a collision with another vehicle—or while manoeuvring to avoid another vehicle—Maurice Blackburn can help you claim compensation.

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Our dedicated team of motorcycle accident compensation lawyers understand the issues and complexities that vulnerable road users such as motorcycle riders face every day.

If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, Maurice Blackburn is here to help. We have Australia's only national network of motorcycle accident lawyers, so we can explain your rights to claim compensation—no matter which Australian state or territory you were injured in—and we'll help you on your path to recovery.

Our highly experienced road accident compensation lawyers understand every aspect of this area of road accident law across Australia. We offer 'no win, no fee'* arrangements for these types of cases, which means that you don't have to pay for our legal services if we don’t win.

Maurice Blackburn has expert personal injury lawyers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and throughout Australia.

Things need to change

Maurice Blackburn has taken on the task of helping to sort out this unfair treatment of motorcycle riders though our 'Stop SMIDSY' campaign. We are leading a growing campaign for change, tackling the issue from all angles, not just in court. By pushing for legislative change in parliament and bold online awareness campaigns, we are providing riders with a new and strong voice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have a motorcycle accident claim?

If you ride a motorcycle and have been injured in a collision with another vehicle - or while manoeuvring to avoid a vehicle - our team of dedicated motor vehicle accident lawyers can help you claim compensation. The compensation and benefits you are entitled to can vary greatly depending on your location and on the circumstances leading to your injury.

How do I settle a motorcycle accident claim?

Regardless of the severity of the accident and injury, your first step will usually be to lodge a compensation claim. The process differs around Australia, and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers will be able to advise you as to this process, but generally it involves:

  • providing a report of the motorcycle accident to the police
  • filling out and submitting a claim form. Depending on the State you are in, this could involve filling out and submitting a Notice of Accident Claim Form with the CTP insurer of the vehicle at fault.
  • providing a special medical certificate with your claim (from your own doctor if possible).

It's important that an experience motorcycle accident lawyer reviews your claim before it is lodged.

What compensation can I expect from my motorcycle accident claim?

Your compensation amount will depend on the state or territory in which the vehicles in the accident are registered and where the incident occurred.

Generally you may be able to claim for things like:

  • medical and hospital fees
  • rehabilitation
  • nursing services and disability support
  • post-acute support
  • cost associated with a death, such as funeral expenses and other costs.

Apart from medical, hospital, and rehabilitation costs, you may also be able to claim for:

  • nursing and disability services
  • loss of amenity
  • loss of wages and superannuation
  • travel to and from medical appointments
  • home and vehicle modifications
  • costs associated with retraining for your job
  • legal costs associated with your claim.

Are there time limits for making a motorcycle accident claim?

Time limits for making a claim differ within each state and territory. In some cases you may have as little as 28 days from the date of the accident to lodge your initial claim, while in other states you may have up to a year. It's important you talk to a motor vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible.

How long does a motorcycle accident claim take?

Under the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance process motorcycle accident claims can take as long as one to three years depending on whether the insurer of the party accepts liability. Our motorcycle accident compensation lawyers will be able to give you a good indication of how long the claim may take.

How much will making a motorcycle accident claim cost me?

Our motor vehicle accident lawyers are experienced in winning fair compensation for our clients on a ‘no win, no fee’* basis. Come in for a free first consultation to know where you stand.

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