Roads are a different world for motorbike riders
If you're in a car that is involved in a minor rear-end collision in traffic, you may walk away with little more than a fright - but on a motorbike, the same type of accident could easily be fatal or result in life-long injuries.
Unfortunately for motorcyclists, it can be a very fine line between a near miss and a catastrophic injury - and motorbike riders generally have a much harder time on the roads. In fact, findings from independent research we commissioned shows:
- 45% of motorcyclists surveyed have been injured while riding.
- 63% of survey respondents stated that they had been forced into an evasive manoeuvre to avoid a collision at least once in their last five outings.
- 76% said negative attitudes towards motorcyclists significantly decreased rider safety.
- 69% of motorcyclists believed other road users failed to demonstrate an adequate awareness of riders in close proximity to them on the roads.
- 66% believed conflict existed between riders and other road users.
Our motorbike accident lawyers have seen many clients who have suffered devastating injuries while riding motorbikes, many of which perhaps could have been avoided by a change in drivers’ attitudes.
What to do if you're injured in a motorbike accident
If you are injured in a motorbike accident, you should do the following things.
At the scene, if possible
- Report the incident to the police
- Obtain details of any witnesses.
After the accident
- Seek appropriate medical treatment
- Report the accident to the police if this was not done at the scene
- Phone the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) on 1300 654 329 within 12 months of your injury to report the accident and lodge a TAC claim
- Fill in the form supplied by the TAC and return it within 12 months of your injury
- Speak to us for expert legal advice on your entitlement to medical expenses, loss of wages and lump sum motorbike accident compensation
Being involved in a motorbike accident doesn't just affect your health - it affects your capacity to work and your livelihood. That's why, if you've been injured in a motorbike accident, you may be entitled to a range of benefits and compensation under the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) scheme. The same rights and entitlements apply to motorbike riders as they would if you were driving a car, bus or truck.
Compensation and benefits available to injured motorbike riders in Victoria include:
If the accident wasn't your fault
Depending on your injury, you may also be entitled to claim lump sum damages for pain and suffering and loss of earnings if you can show that the accident was caused by the negligence or fault of another party.
Making a TAC claim
You can lodge a claim by calling the TAC, who will process your claim over the phone. To be eligible for compensation, you must submit your claim to the TAC within 12 months from the date of the accident. Exceptions do apply, so we can help if you need this time extended.
If the TAC denies your claim for compensation, please contact our team as soon as possible on 1800 555 777. We'll talk you through all of the options available to you and help you understand what to do next.
Learn more about making a TAC claim
Why it’s important to seek independent legal advice
Our team can offer independent advice on how much motorbike accident compensation you should seek and will undertake negotiations on your behalf.
Our team of expert lawyers have wide-ranging knowledge and experience in this area and are well equipped to handle motorbike accident claims for all injury types.
What we can do to help
Our experts can work with you to evaluate your needs and entitlements. You’ll know if your case has been correctly assessed by the TAC. We can help you maximise your claim in a timely and efficient manner, by advising and assisting you with the process from start to end.
We can ensure that documents are lodged on time and with accuracy, while providing thorough updates at every stage of your claims process.
We will advise you of the strict time limits that apply to seeking compensation.
We will be able to dispute any unreasonable TAC decision.
Slater and Gordon's No Win - No Fee* arrangement is generally available for all types of motorbike accident claims. This means you do not pay for legal fees unless your case is successful. If your case is successful, we'll then charge our professional fees. Our fees are not based on a percentage of your compensation entitlement, they are assessed on a Court scale. We will discuss legal costs with you at the beginning of your case - meaning no nasty surprises for you at the end.
The No Win - No Fee* arrangement is designed to help those whose financial circumstances might otherwise deny them access to legal representation.
You will receive a document setting out the details of the No Win - No Fee* arrangement at your free initial appointment. We are not retained as your lawyers until the document is signed and returned to us, so you have time to consider your options.