Motorcycle accidents are often caused by drivers not paying adequate attention when turning out of a road. The quick glance that is the habit of most motorists means that bikes may not register in the mind of the driver. This can be the case even when there aren’t any cars blocking the motorcycle from view. In the below case where we successfully represented one of our motorcyclist clients, this was exactly what had happened. Although he received over £8700 in compensation for his injuries, he had to deal with the consequences of the other driver’s carelessness for years after the accident had occurred.
Our client was driving his Suzuki GSX motorbike along a road in Wakefield. The defendant was in a car and pulled out of a junction as our client passed. This was the result of the driver failing to look and be aware of where our client was on the road. Despite attempting to evade the car by swerving away, the car’s back wheel collided with the bike. The impact threw our client from his seat and he landed heavily in the road on his left hand side. An ambulance arrived on the scene to take our client to hospital.
At the hospital, he received a CT scan which revealed that he had fractured his left wrist. Our client then remained in hospital for a 4 days while the doctors treated his injured wrist, after which it was decided that he would need surgery. The operation was carried out on the fifth day, which involved the doctors inserting a screw in our client’s wrist to stabilise the joint. He was fitted with a plaster cast which remained in place for 6 weeks. While he was free of the cast after these 6 weeks, he received ongoing pain and stiffness in his wrist for a further 2 years after the accident. This was despite the physiotherapy sessions which he’d undertaken to gain the strength back in his joint.
It’s scary to think that this one moment of inattention from the driver could cause an injury as persistent and long lasting as the one suffered by our client. Motorcycle accidents in particular can lead to severe injuries at relatively low speeds. The lack of protection and possibility of falling on to the road or being pinned by a bike combine to paint a vivid picture of what can happen from a fleeting second of carelessness.