Gary suffered serious life-changing injuries when his motorcycle collided with a traffic island which had insufficient lighting. When the Council sent him an invoice for £850 to repair the traffic island, Gary decided it was time to get Motorcycle Law Scotland involved and pursue his own civil claim against them.
David was riding his Honda CBR 1000 RR motorcycle on the A815 north of Dunoon, when a vehicle pulled out from his nearside and crossed his path. David lost control of his motorcycle and ended up in the verge on the opposite side of the carriageway. It was important to develop a comprehensive rehabilitation package and work collaboratively with the insurers in order to settle David's case.
Dashcam evidence shows motorcyclist overtaking a line of traffic before being side-swiped by a driver who turns right across his path withour checking his mirrors or looking. Insurer denies liability.
Roadworks involving a change in road level may be negotiable for car drivers but can present more of a challenge for motorcyclists, especially when it's dark and there is no signage to provide prior warning of the hazard.
David was knocked off his motorcycle and injured when trying to negotiate a roundabout in East Kilbride. His insurer's panel solicitor settled his claim but David was unhappy because he believed that his case had been undersettled. He came to Motorcycle Law Scotland and after looking at his file, we took on his case against his panel solicitor for 'loss of opportunity.' Ultimately, David case was settled for more than double the original sum.
Motorcyclist, Gordon Luke, suffered horrific injuries in a crash with a tractor and had no memory of the incident. He was told he had carried out an unsafe overtake and had no claim... until we came to his rescue. This was one of the most challenging cases we have ever been involved with.
James and his pillion were riding north on the A957 'Slug Road' on their way to Crathes. On approach to a staggered junction, James adjusted his speed and believed he had made contact with the car driver. However, this was not the case and the driver suddenly pulled out in front of them. They were both badly injured which made it all the more difficult when they returned home.
George and his partner were riding on the A816 south of Oban when they came across a contraflow system operating due to road repairs. As they proceeded single file, they encountered a van coming in the opposite direction which forced them off the road. Following the incident, George's case was badly mismanaged by an accident management company whereby George incurred >£7000 of credit hire charges. Read how MLS took over the case and sorted everything for both George and his partner.
Brendan was riding his Suzuki Bandit 1200 on the B7078 when a driver suddenly pulled out from a junction off the M74 into his path. Despite his best efforts, he could not avoid the collision and as a result badly fractured his left wrist. The driver was charged but Brendan suffered months of pain. Perhaps it's time we encouraged the reintroduction of the Think Once, Think Twice, Think Bike! campaign.
Robert was hit from behind when a biker behind him didn't notice him slowing to pull off the A830 into a lay-by. Robert did suffer a long list of injuries but his real problems came when he spoke to his Insurer, Bennetts, who then referred him to a panel solicitor and also got him involved with a company called 4th Dimension. Robert was keen for us to share his experiences for the benefit of the wider motorcycle community.
Fraser suffered a serious head injury when he lost control of his motorcycle due to a road surface defect, struck a car travelling in the opposing carriageway and was thrown from his bike. Fraser could not remember anything about the incident but we were able to find witnesses who could not only describe what happened on the day but also to the fact that the defect had been in existence for some time and should have been repaired.
Harley Davidson motorcyclist, Ryan, is hit from behind on a slip road to the M876 motorway by a driver who is distracted by a crying child, turns around and simply does not see the biker. Read how the insurer tries to intimidate and bully Ryan into early settlement even though the full extent of his injuries had not been fully diagnosed.
This is a frequent position taken by insurers who try to defend their policyholders claiming that it is the speed of the motorcycle approaching which caused the collision rather than admitting that they just failed to look properly. Check out the case study and find out how we proved that the motorcyclist was not at fault and was there to be seen.
Gillian was on her way to work when she entered a entered a section of road which was being resurfaced and had been planed in preparation. The front wheel of her scooter did not cope with the abrupt change of level. Gillian tried to control her scooter but her front wheel collided with an exposed drain cover. She was thrown forward and propelled from her scooter onto the tarmac. Read the full case study and her fight against the contractor, Balfour Beatty, who refused to admit liability.
Chris was involved in a motorcycle collision on his Harley Davidson when a car pulled across his path at the Bridge of Orchy hotel, near Oban. The extent and impact of Chris's injuries were not fully understood by his insurer's panel solicitor and the psychological trauma and his brain injury had been missed altogether. Had Chris not made the decision to move to Motorcycle Law Scotland, it is likely that his case would been grossly undervalued.
David was riding his Harley Davidson Road King on the B9008 towards Tomintoul in June 2018 and was on his way to a Harley Davidson Meeting at a hotel in Tomintoul. Suddenly, as he negotiated a right hand bend, his motorcycle fell away from beneath him and he skidded onto the grassy verge falling onto his right side sustaining serious injuries to his right shoulder and chest. He discovered a large amount of surface dressing chippings on the road and only one sign to indicate that there was a potential hazard ahead. Read how we helped David reach a settlement from the insurers of Moray Council.
Amanda was waiting to enter a roundabout in Aberdeen when she was suddenly hit from behind by an Aberdeen City Council minibus. Whilst the insurers were quick to admit liability, they were not prepared to recognise the severity of Amanda's injuries which caused her to be off work for three weeks. Read how we managed to get Amanda three times the original amount offered in settlement.
In October 2018, Donna was involved in a crash on the A7 in the Scottish Borders when her motorcycle wheel suddenly became caught in a deep rut in the road resulting in a tank slapper which ultimately threw her off onto the ground. A claim was intimated to Scottish Borders Council but they denied liability saying that the road had been inspected a few days prior to Donna's incident. Not content with this response, Motorcycle Law Scotland's position was that this defect should have been categorised as an actionable one given its length, depth and potential danger for those on two wheels. Read the case study to see how we built and ultimately won this case for our client.
On 6th October 2018, Arthur was riding his Yamaha XVS 1300cc on Tollcross Road in Glasgow, when an Audi A3 suddenly pulled out across his path from Helenvale Street. Arthur suffered a severe injury to his left leg which ultimately resulted in him not being able to work any longer. Securing a tailor-made rehabilitation package was key to Arthur's recovery. The cooperation and ethos shown by the insurers, eSure, was critical. Every step of the way they provided funding to support the care plan proposed by the case manager.
Raymond was out for a ride one evening on his Suzuki GSXR1000. He entered a left-hand bend but found his bike slipping from underneath him before regaining grip and subsequently spitting him off onto his left shoulder on the tarmac. Raymond was able to take photos of the jet patching and pile of stones which had caused the incident. We were able to prove that there had been inadequate signage in place to alert road users and the road had not been swept after the repair.
Kevin McKay was riding his Kawasaki ZZR1400 on Sandbank High Street in Dunoon when a car squeezed past two cyclists and the side of the car collided with Kevin's motorcycle and right leg. The driver carried on blissfully unaware of what had happened. Kevin suffered a horrible fracture to his ankle leaving him with an uncertain future. Factoring in deterioration into his award of damages was key.
Insurers argue that the motorcyclist (Mr W) was at fault for overtaking at a junction when their driver turned right without looking. Highway code Rule 167 describes when and how to overtake and Rule 179 describes what road users should do when turning right. Each case is fact sensitive but in this one, the junction into an unclassified road was unmarked and the driver failed to indicate. Gathering evidence from key witnesses and from a detailed site visit were key in helping us be fully prepared to ensure the motorcyclist got a significant settlement for his life changing injuries.
Barry was riding his Yamaha R6 motorcycle south on the A95 when he was involved in an incident near Boat of Garten when a driver turned right across his path.
This case study highlights how Motorcycle Law Scotland don’t just process your legal claim for compensation. We look at the big picture and that starts with rehabilitation.
Ian was riding his motorcycle in the Highlands on the A939 near Glenferness when he came off as he tried to negotiate a right hand bend and his rear wheel lost traction. The bike low-sided and he fell to his right injuring his right ankle. Ian noticed that the reason he had come off was due to his bike becoming unstable on loose chippings as a repair to a road surface defect. He also noticed that the only sign indicating that some work had been done was partly covered by grass and the sign was located right beside the repair and not at least 50m up the road.
Stuart was riding a brand-new Harley Davidson Street Rod 750cc when he was involved in a road traffic collision. He was working at West Coast Harley Davidson at the time as an apprentice technician and had been tasked to take the newly delivered motorcycle out for a test drive around the local area. Whilst travelling on Kelvin Avenue, Glasgow, a car failed to give way and pulled out from a side junction across his path.
Hugh was involved in a motorcycle collision when a car travelling in the same direction suddenly pulled across his path to turn into a garden centre. Hugh was charged by the Police and found guilty of careless driving at the Criminal trial. However, with our help, Hugh was able to obtain justice through the civil courts.
Steven was involved in a motorcycling collision with an Audi on a right-hand bend. There were no witnesses at the scene and the Audi driver said that Steven had taken a 'racing line' into the corner. However, there was no evidence of this as far as the reporting Police officers were concerned.
Tyler was riding his motorcycle on Caputhall Road in Livingston. He started to overtake a stationery vehicle when suddenly it pulled across his path atempting to do a u-turn. His left leg was injured in the collision. We intimated a claim for damages against the driver's insuers but they refused to admit liability. The case ended up in Court with the Sheriff finding Tyler to be a credible witness but not the car driver. Tyler was awarded full damages.
John was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle in Perth approaching a junction when a bus suddenly pulled right across his path. He had nowhere to go. John suffered devastating injuries to his right leg and required two surgeries and skin grafts. The injuries were such that he very nearly lost his leg and had to endure a long stay in hospital.
Bob was out for a ride on his Suzuki Hayabusa with some mates travelling on the A86 from Laggan towards Spean Bridge. As he exited from a left hand bend, he was suddenly faced with a Toyota 4x4 and trailer pulling out from a layby and across his path. He had nowhere to go and ended up being catapulted off his bike over the trailer and onto the tarmac. Bob suffered a fracture to his shoulder and rib. His insurer appointed a panel solicitor as Bob didn't know that he could select his own. However, after speaking with some fellow motorcyclists about Motorcycle Law Scotland, he got in touch and requested to have his file moved across. The third party insurer did not admit liability and instead blamed Bob for the incident.
Francis was out for a summer's evening ride on his Suzuki GSXR 750 when he came off whilst negotiating a right hand bend due to a road surface defect which had not been actioned upon by the Local Authority despite having been told about it previously. The road inspector was adamant that it was not an actionable defect but our expert witness confirmed that the defect had arisen due to fatting up whereby bitumen from re-surfacing had risen up and formed an excess layer on the surface.
Jim was riding his sports bike and was injured when forced off his bike by a Porsche on the Kingswells roundabout on the outskirts of Aberdeen. A motorcyclist will always come off worse in a tussle with a car on a roundabout, even at relatively low speed. From the outset, the Porsche driver’s insurers denied liability altogether stating that it was in fact Jim who had strayed into the nearside lane and collided with the Porsche. The Porsche driver had a passenger in his vehicle who supported this position. Find out what happened and how we won Jim's case.
James was riding his white Triumph Daytona 675R motorcycle on the A822 following behind his father. He overtook a Landrover Discovery 2 and returned to his own carriageway but as he came to the brow of a hill, a car suddenly pulled across his path. James was charged by the Police for dangerous driving for speeding and overtaking near to a junction. He eventually pled guilty to a charge of careless driving and then contacted Motorcycle Law Scotland to progress a Civil claim against the car driver.
Ian was riding his motorcycle through a small village in Fife when a car suddenly pulled out from a parking space and side swiped him off his motorcycle and onto the road. Ian was quite badly injured and his bike written off even though it was a relatively low speed collision. Ian was self employed, unable to work and therefore had no income. He was also having problems agreeing a fair valuation for his damaged bike.
John was involved in a motorcycle collision just close to his home. His insurer's panel solicitor wrote to him to say his case was worth between £4-5K but given his injuries, damage and loss, he was unhappy with this valuation. He contacted Motorcycle Law Scotland and we assessed his claim at £22,391. His case was eventually settled for the sum of £18,125 which is more than 4 times the initial valuation he was provided with.
Road surface defect causes crash and nasty injuries
Alasdair was out for a leisurely ride on his Suzuki Bandit 650cc when he encountered a series of potholes on the road which caused him to lose control of his bike and crash into a rocky verge. He sustained a number of nasty injuries and spent 8 days in hospital. Fortunately for Alasdair, his father went to the locus and took photos and measurements of the defect which had caused the crash. These showed that the pothole was an actionable defect over 40mm in depth and should have been picked up under inspection and repaired within 24hrs. This had clearly not been done. Read the full case study to see how we established that records for this particular defect had somehow disappeared from the Council's repair programme.
John is an experienced motorcyclist from Elgin. He was out for a run on his Triumph Explorer when he suddenly came upon loose chippings as a result of some jet patching to the road which had been executed badly. He came off his bike and sustained injuries to his foot, ankle, knees and rib cage. The problem had been the lack of signage to warn John of the road conditions ahead. The Council denied liability but this did not deter Motorcycle Law Scotland who were able to prove negligence on the Council's part.
In August 2015, James was involved in a serious motorcycle incident near Fraserburgh on the A98. He was riding his Yamaha R6 motorcycle that he had only just bought 11 days before. He was stationary at temporary traffic lights with both feet on the ground when a car crashed into him from behind. James sustained multiple injuries including a shoulder dislocation fracture, fractures to his right hand and fractures in his spine. After two years of inactivity, James sacked his panel solicitor and contacted Motorcycle Law Scotland. Read how we helped James here >>>
On 29th May 2016, Leslie O'Donnell crashed into the back of a car which suddenly executed an emergency stop. He could do nothing about it. He was encouraged by his panel solicitor to settle his case 80/20 in favour of the car driver. Unhappy with the recommendation, he luckily found Motorcycle Law Scotland who believed he had a good case and took it over. The rest is history. Read what happened and how Leslie got awarded 100% of his damages in Court.
The difference we made was quite simple. When we first met James, he was an injured motorcyclist through no fault of his own. He had been told to accept 50% of the blame by a panel solicitor he had never met. He was confused and unhappy. We turned that around by treating James as an individual not a file number. He had his own quite specific injuries. His case was unique and like no other. That attitude to all of our cases means we can make the difference.
Colin was involved in his first serious motorcycling incident in August 2016 after over 50 years of incident free riding. On the way home from a perfect day riding with a friend on Royal Deeside, he was side swiped by a Volvo 4x4 which came barrelling round a partially blind bend on his side of the road.
Jamie was riding his motorcycle at slow speed through Thurso's town centre on 11th May 2017 when a young, novice car driver suddenly turned straight across his path knocking him off his motorcycle. This is a very common type of incident when the car driver simply does not see the motorcyclist. It is known as a SMIDSY (Sorry Mate I Didn't See You).
James Millar was involved in a serious motorcycle collision in August 2015 at the Lix Toll Garage on the A85 between Lochearnhead and Crianlarich. James suffered two cardiac arrests and was taken to hospital by air ambulance. He was given a 1% chance of survival when he left the collision scene.
Liam McCrory was involved in a road traffic collision on his Harley Davidson 883 when a car pulled across his path at the infamous Leadburn junction. Drivers must take more care, especially on approach to junctions. Watch out for motorcyclists. Think once, think twice, think bike to avoid incidents like this one.
Bob Crawley was involved in a high-energy motorcycling collision that left him with severe and life-changing injuries. The third-party driver, having lost control of his vehicle, suddenly swerved onto the opposite carriageway and directly into Bob’s path. He was unable to take evasive action and a head-on collision occurred. It is thought that both vehicles were travelling at around 60mph, and the impact was accordingly catastrophic.
Richard was riding to work along West Main street, Blackburn when a car suddenly pulled out across his path giving him nowhere to go. He collided with the vehicle and suffered significant injuries which would affect his ability to do his job. The third party insurers proved difficult to deal with and even instructed video surveillance of Richard with his family.
Marc was involved in a nasty collision with a taxi on a rural road when it exited from a farm and turned right without having full view of potential oncoming traffic. Marc was unhappy with his insurer and their appointed solicitor and so he contacted Motorcycle Law Scotland on the advice of a friend.
Jethro was badly injured when a car pulled directly across his path whilst he was proceeding (legally) along the bus lane in Edinburgh. Motorists need to be aware that bus lanes can be used not just by buses and taxis, but also by cyclists and motorcyclists. Read what happened to Jethro and how Motorcycle Law Scotland helped him get back on his feet.
Michael badly injured his leg when losing control of his motorcycle. He sought advice from a leading personal injury firm who advertised they specialised in motorcycle accident claims. However, he was left disappointed when, after 2 years, his case was turned down. He then contacted Motorcycle Law Scotland.
James was involved in a road traffic collision when a car driver travelling in the opposite direction overtook another vehicle on a blind bend and, despite taking evasive action, he couldn't avoid clipping her nearside mirror and being thrown from his motorcycle. After 4 days in hospital, he got home and was contacted by his insurer's appointed solicitor. He never met her. She told James his case was worth £5k. He was not convinced and on the advice of some motorcycling friends, James contacted specialist motorcycle Lawyer, Brenda Mitchell, at Motorcycle Law Scotland. His case was finally settled for £50k.
Marcia rode her motorcycle all the way from Lisbon to Glasgow without incident. The following day whilst travelling to work, a car pulled out from a garage car wash without looking and struck Maria with her left leg taking the full force.
Rob was extremely unlucky to encounter some cows who had escaped from their field onto the road and were in his path. He tried to avoid them but unfortunately clipped one with his hand and was thrown from his motorcycle. He suffered a serious injury to his dominant right hand. Liability was not disputed but setllement was delayed in order to fully assess the potential long term impact of the injury.
Colin was involved in a serious road traffic collision whilst riding his Harley Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle. His insurer appointed him a solicitor to deal with his personal injury claim but he soon realised he needed specialist representation who would treat him as a person and not just a number. Fortunately for Colin, he ended up in the right place thanks to some help from his friends.
Lucy was a pillion on her husband's Kawasaki motorcycle when he suddenly lost balance and the bike fell over injuring Lucy. Read what happened to Lucy and understand why insurance (minimum 3rd party) is required for a motorcycle.
John was riding home from work when a car suddenly entered the roundabout from his left without stopping. It transpired that the driver had been drinking.
On 31st August 2014, Mags was riding her motorcycle between St Boswells and Galashiels. Mags was involved in a collision with another car as both the vehicle and motorcycle crossed lanes. Both parties were deemed equally at fault.
On the 30th August 2014, Elizabeth was riding her motorcycle, a Yamaha R6, with her friend travelling south on the A85 towards Callendar. As she rode around a sharp left hand bend, she suddenly came across a VW Transporter sitting stationary on her carriageway. Read on to find out what happened.
Barry commenced to overtake a slow moving tractor only to then find it turn right directly across his path.
A motorcycle mechanic was involved in a motorcycle accident in October 2014. He was riding a Triumph Daytona 955 when the collision happened. Read more here >>>
Ian was injured when a car took him out at a junction when he was turning right. He received a payment for his damaged bike and also got a payment for wage loss but when it came to his injuries, the third party insurer went quiet. Read on >>>
Brian Allan was tragically killed following an incident involving a school minibus which was trying to turn into a lay-by.
Young motorcyclist, Adam Wagner, wins substantial damages 6 years after losing his leg in a collision with a milk tanker which was reversing into a farm entrance late at night in the dark.
A taxi cuts up a motorcyclist in front of several credible witnesses but Insurance Company still refuses to admit liability.
Insufficient signage can lead to crashes especially when loose chippings are involved.
A driver is found "not guilty" but his insurance company has to pay full compensation to an injured motorcyclist.
An experienced motorcycle instructor is rear end shunted by another motorcyclist who failed to brake in time. Motorcycle Law Scotland get a settlement which is 10x the original offer.
A motorcyclist returning from having completed his Mod 2 motorcycle test is rear end shunted by a car driver who fails to stop at the entrance to a roundabout.
Alex first came across Motorcycle Law Scotland in March 2013 at the Scottish Motorcycle Show at Ingliston where he had an opportunity to meet specialist motorcycle lawyer, Brenda Mitchell, and discuss the motorcycle accident in which he had been involved back in October 2012.
Rebecca was riding her motorcycle in the Falkirk area in October 2013 and was taken out on a roundabout by a van which collided with her. Whilst the Civil claim was successful, the Criminal trial was dropped due to lack of evidence. Read here to understand why this can sometimes happen and what the differences are between Criminal and Civil Law.
A trainee motorcyclist is under instruction when a car suddenly pulls out from a junction onto a main road and collides with the trainee who is injured as a result. The young female driver claimed she just didn't see the motorcyclist. SMIDSY is really not a valid excuse for careless driving especially when there are vulnerable road users out there sharing the road.
Adam was involved in a collision on his motorcycle when a Hilux 4x4 and large 30ft trailer pulled out in front of him when exiting from a field on the A72 just past the entrance to Glentress.
Motorcyclist comes off his motorcycle on black ice and injures himself. The council who have a duty of care to all road users denied responsibility saying they had gritted the road. Read the full story here to find out what happened.
Graham Clark, 56, was involved in a very serious motorcycle accident in October 2011. A collision with a VW Passat on the A96, Aberdeen to Inverurie dual carriageway, left him with numerous fractures as well as a traumatic brain injury.
Motorcyclist Phil Greig (49) from Banchory, Aberdeenshire broke his back in a collision with a car as he headed out for a summer ride with a friend on 24th May 2009.
Appointing a specialist Lawyer of your choice at the start makes sense.