20 May 2021

Webinar Series 2021


Throughout lockdown, online spaces grew rapidly as for a means to allow people to stay in touch. In March 2021, Motorcycle Law Scotland took this opportunity of online connectivity to educate the motorcycle community about the work we do. Over 8 consecutive weeks, every Thursday at 6pm, webinars took place covering a range of topics surrounding the claims process, common injuries and legal work here at Motorcycle Law Scotland.

Our highly experienced solicitors – most of whom are keen motorcyclists – provided excellent and informative presentations to an audience of around 75 live viewers each week. Once the recordings hit social media, the series gained over 600 views on YouTube and a further 5,700 on Facebook.

The series began with a presentation from Brenda Mitchell – founder and Senior Partner at Motorcycle Law Scotland – discussing the typical motorcycle incidents which occur on rural roads. These incidents often involve farm vehicles or animals but can also occur at junctions due to speed or be caused by road surface defects. A range of questions were asked as the presentation drew to a close and Brenda provided insight into the role of the Police at a road traffic accident, advanced motorcycle riding and the use of webcam footage. In webinar #2Roz Boynton introduced the role of Civil Law when seeking compensation for injuries sustained in motorcycle collisions. Using examples from previous cases handled by MLS, Roz explained the dangers surrounding road defects such as potholes, surface dressing, localised chipping from jet patching and also diesel spills. Additionally, in response to questions from the audience, Roz discussed the role of local authorities and Transport Scotland in terms of road maintenance and in reporting potholes as a road user.

In webinar #3Thomas Mitchell – a keen motorcyclist and solicitor here at MLS – presented case law in relation to motorcycle collisions at junctions. As incidents occurring near or at junctions represent the largest percentage of personal injury cases we deal with, it was important for Thomas Mitchell to point out the potential dangers as well as how motorcyclists can aim to avoid such collisions. Using case law, the discussion turned to how a claim can be successful in the event of a motorcyclist becoming involved in a collision. Filtering is a very common manoeuvre taken by motorcyclists on a daily basis. With reference to the Highway Code, Motorcycle Roadcraft and the IAM, Brenda Mitchell discussed filtering and the decisions made in courts throughout the years in webinar #4. Although filtering is perfectly legal, it can put a motorcyclist in a position of danger in some situations. MLS advise that if you are in doubt, don’t do it.

Webinar #5 covered motorcycle collisions at roundabouts and the role of the MIB (Motor Insurers’ Bureau) in claims which involve untraced or uninsured drivers and/or vehicles. Roz Boynton presented and proceeded to answer a number of questions from the live audience. Every case we deal with here at MLS involves some form of injury, but in some cases these injuries can be life-changing and require specialist rehabilitation. In webinar #6Brenda Mitchell covered more complex motorcycle collisions and the importance of rehabilitation and case management. Later in the presentation, she was joined by Jimmy Millar, an ex-client, who suffered serious injuries following a motorcycle collision. Jimmy talked with Brenda about the journey to recovery from his horrific incident where he died twice on the way to hospital.

In webinar #7, Thomas Mitchell - MLS Solicitor and motorcyclist - discussed the various Heads of Claim which he considers for motorcyclists who have experienced slight to moderate injuries as a result of a road traffic collision on their motorcycle.

To end the series (webinar #8), Thomas took the opportunity to discuss the role of panel solicitors, insurers and accident management companies. This was a really important webinar and one which every motorcyclist in Scotland should watch just so that they know what to do and what not to do should they find themselves involved in a road traffic collision on their motorcycle.

Overall, everyone here at Motorcycle Law Scotland was thrilled with the turnout and commitment shown both by those who attended the live sessions as well as those who have taken it upon themselves to get educated using the online recordings. 

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