Who is to blame? - Motorcycle Accident FAQs

Who is to blame?

Responsibility for an accident is rarely a clear cut matter.

Even if the other party should accept full responsibility they rarely do. Motorcyclists are often regarded as rebels with scant regard for the law, travelling at excessive speeds with no consideration for other road users.

The realities are completely different, with statistics confirming that in 2/3 of collisions between cars and motorcycles car drivers are at fault. Here we explain a scenario we are often faced with:

Even if you are partly to blame for an accident you can still receive compensation from the other person or their insurer.

General Liability

Generally liability can be apportioned between different people dependent on their level of responsibility for the accident. Where, for example, liability is split equally then you would receive 50% of the total value of your claim. The other side’s claim is dealt with separately under your own insurance, meaning that you would get to keep all of the 50%.

Less specialist solicitors will often advise the client to accept a greater responsibility than they should or even advise that there is no case at all. Over the years we have taken over a large number of cases that have been heading either nowhere or in completely the wrong direction.

Split Liability

The percentage split varies with each case, ranging from 0% to 100%. Insurers and their lawyers have been known to be selective in the law they put forward and weak solicitors often crumble in the face of this.


We never settle liability without giving you full advice first and discussing the matter with you. Once we have advised you if the other side will not come up to the level appropriate we are then happy to go to Court. We pride ourselves on being pro-active, positive and professional.

We have to be careful how much information we give out because insurance companies and other solicitors often look at our site to find out how to argue matters.

Going to court

Where we believe we excel against every other firm is our trial experience on liability and quantum cases involving motorcycles. Where liability is contested and it turns on the Claimant’s motorcycling, then there are very few firms that can match us in terms of raw trial expertise and we regularly take over serious claims only to find that the previous solicitors have missed or seriously undervalued items of loss.

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White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors are Britain’s most specialist motorbike accident compensation claims solicitors, dealing with all legal aspects of motorcycle accident compensation claims.

Every one of our motorbike solicitors rides and we have total motorbike experience. We have years of experience in successfully gaining compensation for motorcyclists injured on the road.