Case Studies


Mud clumps on the road “the size of a fist” cause motorcycle accident.

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Car enters roundabout without giving way and collides with motorcyclist already established on the roundabout.

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Motorcyclist falls into insurer's appointed solicitor's trap

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Bryan was a competent and experienced motorcyclist, but even he was unable to control his bike after encountering a patch of loose gravel.

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Van reverses into motorcyclist at traffic lights and the driver apologises. However, the following day, he denies the incident occurred and instead blames the motorcyclist for riding into the back of his van. Insurer's Panel solicitor abandons the case. 

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Gordy suffered potentially life-changing injuries when a taxi drove in to him whilst stationary at a junction. However, early rehabilitation and steely determination on his part resulted in a brighter outcome.

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Determination and working with the best medical experts in the UK produces the right result for seriously injured motorcyclist.

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Chris's journey to recovery following a serious collision in the North of Scotland has been a long one with many challenges along the way. However, the future looks bright.

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A tractor and trailer fail to indicate and turn right into the path of an overtaking motorcyclist at a junction.

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Gary suffered serious life-changing injuries when his motorcycle collided with a traffic island which had insufficient lighting.

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Motorcyclist suffers serious injuries following a motorcycle crash when a car driver exits a junction without looking.

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Dashcam shows motorcyclist overtaking traffic before being side-swiped by driver turning across his path without checking his mirrors. Insurer denies liability.

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Roadworks involving a change in road level may be negotiable for car drivers but can present a challenge for motorcyclists, esp when it's dark and there's no signage to provide prior warning of hazard. 

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David came to Motorcycle Law Scotland as he believed his case had been undersettled. We took on his case against his panel solicitor for 'loss of opportunity' and settled his case for more than double the original sum. 

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Motorcyclist with horrific injuries and no memory of the incident was told he had carried out an unsafe overtake and couldn't claim... until we came to his rescue.

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Car pulls out at junction in front of rider and pillion. Both struggle with significant injuries

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Van ignores contraflow system and forces bikers off the carriageway.

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Biker hit from behind when entering lay-by

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Often clients have no recollection of their incident due to their injuries. In these cases, it becomes our job to piece together the evidence in order to understand what happened.

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Motorcyclist secures 3x initial offer as settlement.

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Insurer alleges motorcyclist's speed to be the cause of the collision at a junction 

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Unmarked road resurfacing throws scooter rider off her bike.

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Motorcyclist is frustrated with panel solicitor and calls for help

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A combination of these are often the reasons why motorcyclists come off their motorcycles

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Hit from behind whilst waiting to enter a roundabout in Aberdeen 

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Ruts are for moto-x tracks not roads

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Driver found "NOT GUILTY" of a Criminal offence but the insurer has to pay out in a Civil claim.

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A very tricky story experienced by this poor biker

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Van enters roundabout and collides with motorcyclist who is already establlshed and planning exit. Driver refuses to admit liability and criminal case drags on affecting the civil case.

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Yahama rider knocked off his bike at a 'Give Way' junction by a driver who simply did not see him. SMIDSY.

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Black ice can always present a hazard for all road users. Cases against local authorities for lack of gritting are not easy but it helps to explore and understand ALL the circumstances. Each and every case is fact sensitive.

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A delivery driver misses his turn and slams on brakes. The following motorcyclist collides with rear of van. Who's to blame?

 

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Audi A3 pulls out from junction and collides with motorcyclist who nearly loses his leg due to his injuries.

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Poorly executed jet patching repair without adequate sweeping causes motorcyclist to come off his bike

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Biker suffers complex injuries at a junction on the A95 when a driver turned out across his path.

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Motorcyclist is hit by impatient motorist who passes cyclists and in doing so encroaches into biker's carriageway.

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Loose chippings and lack of a warning sign cause motorcyclist to low side and come off his bike injuring his shoulder.

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Driver slows and pulls across path of overtaking motorcyclist.

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John suffered a serious and complicated leg injury when a bus pulled across his path at traffic lights.

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Motorcyclist takes left hand bend and is confronted by a 4x4 and trailer exiting from a layby.

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Motorcyclist comes off his bike and is injured due to a road surface defect known as fatting up.

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Justice prevails for motorcyclist who is charged for excess speed while car pulls across his path just after the brow of a hill.

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Roundabout infringement by Porsche driver takes out motorcyclist.

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A motorcyclist was side-swiped by a car exiting a parking bay without looking.

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Motorcyclist believes his case is being undervalued by insurer's panel solicitor and calls MLS requesting a transfer.

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John came off his motorcycle due to jet patching work where signage to notify road users had been insufficent.

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Taking accurate measurements of a defect, especially its depth in the case of a pothole, is crucial.

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Motorcyclist hit from behind becomes disillusioned with insurer's appointed panel solicitor and contact MLS.

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Motorcyclist hit vehicle in front but there is NO presumption of negligence. Every case is fact sensitive.

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Biker is bizarely charged with careless driving but is successful with his Civil claim.

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Council's failure to properly identify and repair a problematic pothole for motorcyclist proves to be a costly error.

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If your pillion is injured in a motorcycle accident due to rider error, they can claim against your insurance and will receive full compensation.

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Jamie was riding his bike at slow speed through Thurso town centre when a novice car driver pulled straight across his path.

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James and his son were thown off his motorcycle when a car pulled into a side road as they were overtaking.

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James was involved in a very serious motorcycling accident when a car pulled across his path. James died twice on the way to hopsital in the air ambulance.

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Car pulls across in front of Harley rider at Leadburn junction and crashes into biker.

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Sometimes insurers will surveil clients to ensure that their claims are valid and that their injuries have impacted on their ability to work or enjoy leisure time.

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An 'out of control' driver veres into experienced motorcyclist on a bend causing life-changing injuries.

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An old VW campervan turns towards a layby and collides with an overtaking motorcyclist.

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Motorcyclist collides with taxi exiting from a junction just over the brow of a blind summit.

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Jet patching on roads needs to be completed properly and have sufficent signage to warn two wheeled road users. 

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If you're injured as a pillion, you can claim against the rider's insurance if he/she were responsible for causing the accident.

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When cows stray onto a road due to an insecure gate, the farmer was liable for the motorcyclist's injury which was caused as a result of a collision.

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Biker is taken out by driver exiting a garage car wash without looking.

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Driver's need to look out for vulnerable road users at junctions especially when there's a bus lane to cross over.

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Experienced motorcyclist taken out at a roundabout by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. 

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Motorcyclist and car collide on approach to roundabout. Both are in the wrong lane so split liability is a fair result. 

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Motorcyclist collides with camper van pulling into a layby just after a corner on the A85 heading south.

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A motorcyclist is involved in a collision following a separate previous collision which blocks his path. 

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Tractor with trailer pulls across an overtaking motorcyclist's path at a farm entrance.

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Motorcyclist knocked off bike by car pulling out from a junction without looking. Good protective clothing minimised the extent of his injuries.

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Motorcyclist suffers serious injuries but his insurer's panel solicitor does nothing to help him. Fortunately for Phil, he makes a call to Motorcycle Law Scotland and things change for him and his rehabilitation process.

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Council use wrong quantity of chippings for surface dressing of Cairn O Mount road causing motorcyclist to come off his bike and injure himself.

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Insurer denies liability for a head on collision with a motorcyclist caused by their driver and tries to uses the defence of automatism.

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Drivers exiting junctions into the path of motorcyclists is a frequent cause of collisions. At or near junctions, motorcyclists perhaps need to alter their road position if needs be and be very watchful. Importantly, keep speed down.

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A driver executes a u-turn near a blind bend giving the oncoming motorcyclist no chance to avoid a collision.

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Rear End shunts are not always the fault of vehicle behind. Each collision needs to be considered carefully based on its own unique circumstances.

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