On 30th May 2013 Ian was riding his Honda Devil MT650 along Westburn Road in Cambuslang. He was an experienced rider and was preparing himself for a right turn hand turn into Oldmill Road. He conducted all safety checks, altered his road position and was clearly indicating his intention to turn right when a car emerged from the junction straight into his path.
He suffered extensive soft tissue injury to his leg and shoulder and, as a result, required an extended period of absence from work. Within 2 weeks of intimating the claim, the third party insurance company paid for his damaged motorcycle but due to the extensive nature of his injuries, we could not instruct medical reports until he had made a good recovery.
Following his return to work, the third party insurance company again provided an interim payment to go towards his wage loss.
It wasn't until nine months after the collision that our expert was able to fully assess his injuries to allow us to fully quantify the claim and invite the third party insurer to settle the claim. They failed to do so and, as a result, we threatened litigation and went on to serve Court documents. Thankfully, this resulted in an immediate settlement offer which was acceptable to the motorcyclist.
This case highlights the importance of instructing a specialist solicitor who will fight your corner. We had no hesitation in proceeding to a Court action swiftly on the basis there was no response to our reasonable proposals for settlement. It was the Court action that resulted in the third party insurance company finally coming to their senses and putting forward reasonable proposals for settlement.
This motorcyclist was lucky. He made a good recovery and is now back on his bike. He had this to say:
“Thank you very much for the help that you have provided over the past year. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who finds themselves in a similar predicament. I would also like to thank you for the donation to the Royal British Legion Scotland, Riders Branch. Hopefully, I will see you out and about on the bike in the future”.