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Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
02 Apr 2022

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Motorcycle accident claims – what you need to know.

If you’re a motorcycle rider who is involved in an accident with a car, it can be catastrophic. And often, the only way to get your life back on track is by seeking compensation. Which is why I want to simply explain motorcycle accident compensation and hopefully help you determine whether you have an eligible claim.

Whether you enjoy riding a Harley, performance bike or simply an agile moped, there are approximately 850,000 registered motorcycle riders across Australia. Unfortunately, the nature and lack of physical protection when riding a motorcycle leaves you particularly vulnerable to serious injury. And it’s for this reason that all registered riders need to know motorcycle injury claims and what you could be entitled to.

Who you’re making the claim against?
If you’re injured in an accident with another vehicle in NSW, any claim you make will be against the at-fault driver's CTP insurer – also referred to as an “application for personal injury benefits”. This will cover you for lost wages and medical expenses for a maximum of 6 months, but strictly following this process on your own could see you miss out on a significant lump sum payout you could be entitled to.

Lump sum for damages.
If you’re seriously injured, and by seriously injured I mean you unfortunately sustain broken bones, injuries that require surgery or serious psychological conditions like PTSD. You might be entitled to make a lump sum claim for past and future economic loss and pain and suffering. But this will need to be submitted separately to your application for personal injury benefits and can be extremely complicated – which is why it’s best to seek the advice of a motorcycle accident lawyer.

What many don’t realise is you might be able to get a motorcycle accident lawyer to help you with your claim for free.
How to get a motorcycle accident lawyer to help you with your claim for free.

Lawyers’ fees regulated by the government under NSW CTP scheme
(Firstly) Under the NSW CTP scheme lawyers’ fees are regulated by the government to be paid by the insurer, so if you have a dispute with your insurer regarding your weekly payments you can hire a lawyer to help you for free.

Most client first firms fund your claim
Most client-first firms, like us here at Law Partners, pay for essential evidence such as medical reports up front and then seek reimbursement from the insurer – meaning you’ll never be out of pocket.

You won’t pay any lawyer fees on lump sum payouts $75,000 or less
(Finally) the regulation ensures that if your claim results in a lump sum payout of $75,000 or less that the insurer will pay all the legal fees meaning you won’t pay a cent. If your payout was greater than $75,000 then you might be required to pay legal fees, however, the first $75,000 is still protected and fee free, meaning you will only be required to pay fees on the sum greater than $75,000.

We recently presented a client who was riding his Harley. He was stopped at a set of lights when he was hit from behind by an SUV. He sustained a severely broken wrist, back and shoulder injuries as a result of this injury he was unable to go to his job as a labourer
When he came to us he was uncertain about his future and how he could provide for his family.

We were able to ease those concerns by looking after his claim and obtain a significant lump sum payment that gave him the financial security and confidence to look after his family and move on from the accident.

Hopefully this has been helpful to you, but if you’re still unsure about your motorcycle accident compensation or need help with your claim, call Law Partners and you can have a confidential conversation with one of our specialist CTP lawyers today.

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