Motorcycle crashes highlight safety risk

Date: May 21, 2012

Two serious motorcycle crashes that took place over the weekend are an important reminder for motorcyclists to take care on NSW roads.

A 24-year-old man is currently in an induced coma at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital after his Suzuki motorcycle left the northbound lane of the Pacific Highway near Cowan and crashed into a tree on Sunday morning (May 20).

The man suffers from severe head injuries, according to NSW police, who established a crime scene at the site of the incident.

On the same day, a male motorcyclist in his mid-30s died and a 12-year-old boy suffered serious injuries as a result of a crash in Hawksbury.

The pair were among a group of motorcyclists on Putty Road in Mellong when the driver lost control of the motorcycle.

According to police, the motorcyclist died at the scene and his pillion passenger was taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital with serious injuries to his hip and leg. As of Sunday afternoon, he remained in hospital in serious, yet stable condition.

Motorcycle riders and cyclists are often at a higher risk than other motorists on Sydney’s roads – and if they do get hurt, their injuries tend to be quite serious.

Both motorcyclists and pillion passengers may be entitled to personal injury compensation under NSW’s motor accidents compensation scheme – but if you are new to this process, it can seem overwhelming.

This is where the assistance of a no win no fee lawyer who specialises in this type of personal injury case can be a valuable asset.

Your personal injury lawyer can help you take action to secure the maximum amount of compensation you may be entitled to – and can help guide you through the potential pitfalls associated with proving liability.

Unfortunately, motorbike and bicycle accidents often involve liability issues – some insurers may argue that a cyclist or rider was partially at-fault for one of several reasons, including failure to make themselves visible using lights and reflectors, or not wearing a helmet.

A skilled lawyer can help you refute these claims and pursue a range of different types of compensation, depending on your circumstances. For example, you may be able to make a claim for any medical expenses you incurred immediately following your accident, as well as the cost of any long-term medical treatment you may require as a result of your crash.

In some cases, you may even be eligible for lump sum compensation payments, depending on the extent and nature of your injuries.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.