Many British motorcyclists leave our tiny island to head for the open roads of Spain, Germany, France, Italy and the rest of Europe. If you are unlucky enough to have an motorcycle accident in Europe in any European Union state, then White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors can bring a case for you, here in the British Courts.
The basic rules are straightforward. The other driver or motorcyclist’s insurers (provided they are based in the European Union) can be sued in the British Courts. The foreign law of damages applies.
Some insurers will deal with the case on the basis of British damages whilst other insurers will insist on dealing with them in local damages of the country of the accident, which is their right.
So if you had been injured in a motorcycle accident in another European Union country, we will advise you how to secure compensation, and where necessary, issue British Court proceedings. However, do not leave it for long. Some countries have very short periods of limitation (Spain is the shortest at 12 months).
Download the Accident Statement form for recording as much information as possible if in the unfortunate event you have are involved in an accident in Europe.
We regularly take over cases from other Solicitors. The most common mistake we see from other Solicitors is the apparent unwillingness or inability to start British Court proceedings once negotiations have either slowed down, or the insurers are beginning to become awkward.
Unless your Solicitors are fully familiar with the Second Treaty of Rome, and the law relating to accidents abroad, then you would be well advised to change them. The law is not particularly complicated.
A number of our clients have been extraordinarily surprised with the speed with which settlements occur, once they have changed Solicitors, simply because we, as Court room lawyers, are familiar with this area of law, are happy to commence Court proceedings and invite the Judge in to decide how the case will be run, rather than wait at the insurers’ convenience.
- all our solicitors ride motorcycles
- qualified solicitors and barristers
- established specialists in motorcycle accident claims
- real trial experience at court
- take over claims from other solicitors
- the best service totally dedicated to bikers
- contact us on 0800 783 6191
European Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The following statistics were taken from the European Commission Statistics website.
The list below shows the number of recorded motorcycle accidents by country and the percentage of which this makes up all fatal road traffic accidents in 2010. What is clear from the statistics is that powered two wheel vehicles (motorcycles and mopeds) make up a small amount of the vehicles on the road but account for an un-proportionally high percentage of road traffic accident fatalities.
- France – 982 / 24.5%
- Belgium – 124 / 14.8%
- Germany – 709 / 19.4%
- Italy – 1146 / 28%
- Netherlands – 115 / 17.8%
- Spain – 403 / 18.7%
- Luxembourg – 7 / 3.1%
- Finland – 27 / 9.9%
- Sweden – 62 / 16%