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Diesel Spills Claims Solicitors
Diesel spill accidents can be some of the worst to come to terms with. You’re riding along, doing nothing wrong and then all of a sudden you lose traction and you’re injured through no fault of your own. While we can’t turn back the clock, the good news is that our specialist diesel spills claims solicitors can get you the compensation you deserve.
Bikelawyer is the UK's leading diesel spill accident law firm. We act on a no-win, no-fee basis and we have unparalleled experience in diesel accident claims.
We regularly take over cases where other firms have failed to obtain compensation for diesel spill accident victims.
Can I claim after a diesel spill accident?
Yes. Motorcyclists injured as a result of losing control on diesel spills or oil spills can claim compensation. We just need to show that on the balance of probabilities that the spill was caused by the negligence of another road user. Most of the things which result in a diesel spill are negligent!
How do I claim?
It’s simple and easy. Give our diesel spills claims solicitors a call and we can evaluate whether you have a claim over the phone. If it looks like you do have a claim then just tell us what happened and we’ll do the rest.
Will my claim be no-win, no-fee?
Yes. If your claim isn’t successful then you pay nothing so bringing a claim is at no risk to you.
Who can I claim against?
The Motor Insurers' Bureau (or MIB). It’s effectively an insurer of last resort for people injured as a result of the negligence of an untraced motorist. Some people are already aware of the MIB because they also cover accidents caused by uninsured drivers.
How big does the diesel spill need to be?
There’s no hard and fast rule but the bigger the spill the more likely you are to succeed.
The key point in a diesel spill claim is that is that the diesel or oil needs to have come from a single vehicle rather than be an accumulation of tiny particles which have built up on the road surface.
A pretty good indicator of this, particularly in the wet, is whether there is enough diesel to cause the rainbow effect.
Basically the more evidence you have the better. If you can see the diesel, get your phone out and take a photo!
What can I claim for and how much will I get?
You claim will be split into two parts.
Firstly you can claim for pain and suffering caused by the accident. The amount will be based on the severity and duration of your injuries. Even a relatively short injury can often lead to thousands of pounds in compensation.
Secondly you can claim for the financial impact the accident has had on you personally. It’s dependent on your individual circumstances but potentially a claim could include damage to your bike or kit, loss of earnings, cost of travel, you can also claim an hourly rate for care provided by family or friends.
You can claim for past losses and losses you may suffer in the future.
When added together, compensation following a diesel spill accident can be very substantial.
Read our case study "Near million-pound settlement for diesel spill biker" here.
Can I get private medical treatment?
Yes you can. As soon as the MIB accepts your claim you’re entitled to private rehabilitation from a specialist in the sort of injuries often caused in diesel spills.
What sort of medical treatment can I get?
Where you have suffered from breaks or sprains we can arrange early physiotherapy to make sure you get the help you need without the financial constraints of the NHS.
Diesel spill accidents can often cause a psychological impact as well as physical because unlike other accidents they have nothing to do with rider error. If required we can arrange counselling or even a few advance riding lessons to rebuild lost confidence.
What causes diesel spills?
Diesel spills are usually caused either through a deliberate act such as overfilling a fuel tank (necking) with diesel or by failing to properly secure the fuel cap leading to the diesel spill on the road, particular near roundabouts or sharp bends. They can also be caused by poor vehicle maintenance.
Do I need to report a diesel spill accident to the police?
Yes you should. It will help your claim greatly if the police have attended the scene, or were even notified shortly afterwards. They will get the local authority to clean up the spill so it will also help other bikers.
Why choose Bikelawyer?
Quite simply, we think we’re the best.
Our diesel spill claims solicitors are the most experienced solicitors in the UK in dealing with diesel spill accident claims. We regularly take over cases where other firms have failed to obtain compensation for diesel spill accident victims.
The MIB’s “Untraced Driver Scheme” was originally designed to compensate only the victims of hit and run accidents. In 2003 Bikelawyer's Andrew Campbell won a landmark seven figure claim involving a diesel spill accident.
Bikelawyer has campaigned for “Kill Spills”, a body set up to change the law to rid the roads of diesel spills and reduce diesel spill accidents. Andrew Campbell has lobbied government on the subject attending 10 Downing Street to discuss the danger of diesel spills on our roads.
In short, Bikelawyer is the UK's leading diesel spill accident law firm. We act on a no-win, no-fee basis and we have unparalleled experience in diesel accident claims.
Don’t just take our word for it though, have a look at what our previous clients have said about us in our testimonials.