Riding a motorcycle in Northern Ireland evokes an exciting sense of adventure and independence. The freedom of the open road, the wind in your hair, the sense of adventure – it’s no wonder so many people love getting around on two wheels. But with that freedom comes risk. Motorbikes provide little protection compared to a car or truck. Even a momentary lapse in concentration or an unexpected hazard in the road can easily lead to a serious accident.
The Importance of Motorcycle Helmets
Before delving into the question of making a motorbike accident claim without wearing a helmet, it’s important to emphasise the importance of helmet usage. Wearing a helmet isn’t just required by law in Northern Ireland, it can save your life. Helmets are a faithful barrier between skull and tarmac, sparing riders from traumatic head traumas or worse. As Northern Ireland’s leading injury solicitors, we implore bikers to gear up responsibly.
Can I make a claim if I wasn’t wearing a helmet?
If you’ve been involved in a motorbike crash that wasn’t your fault, you may be wondering if you can make a claim for compensation – even if you weren’t wearing a helmet at the time. The answer is yes, you typically can make a claim. However, not wearing a helmet may be seen as contributory negligence on your part.
Contributory negligence in Northern Ireland refers to the concept that the injured party’s own actions contributed to the accident and/or the severity of their injuries. Therefore, the compensation you’re awarded will be reduced to reflect your role in the accident. The extent of this reduction will depend on the specific circumstances of your specific case. As each case is unique, the court will consider a variety of different factors.
How can Paschal O’Hare help if I’ve been involved in a motorbike accident?
At Paschal O’Hare Solicitors, we have over 50 years of experience helping motorbike accident victims across Northern Ireland. Our experienced personal injury solicitors will always handle your claim with understanding and compassion.
We aim to secure the maximum compensation possible, while being realistic about how contributory negligence for not wearing a helmet may impact your claim. Your health and recovery are our priority.
Some key points about making a motorbike accident claim without a helmet:
- It is possible to claim compensation even if you were not wearing a helmet. Contributory negligence will likely apply.
- Not wearing a helmet often leads to more severe injuries, which typically result in higher damages. However, this may be offset due to your contributory negligence.
- Our solicitors handle your claim with the discretion and sensitivity that it deserves. Your legal rights and options will be explained every stage.
- We always aim to secure the maximum compensation you’re entitled to.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a motorbike accident anywhere in Northern Ireland, reach out to our expert team for the advice and support you deserve. We have offices in Belfast, Carrickfergus and Glengormley, and we’re always ready to speak to you about your circumstances. With over 50 years of experience behind us, you can trust in Paschal O’Hare Solicitors to handle your claim with professionalism and compassion. Contact our motorbike accident solicitors today.