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Legal: Do I have to accept salvage value?

I have an ongoing liability case in which the third party's insurance has deemed my vehicle a total loss. Its pre-accident value has been placed at £3000 and the salvage at £900. They have sent me an interim without prejudice payment at £2100 to avoid unnecessary storage and vehicle hire charges. I am happy with the pre-accident value but not ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 03 December 2010

Legal advice: Choose your own solicitor

If you’ve been unlucky enough to be in an accident, but you have got legal cover, it makes life easier to have your legal expenses paid when you claim against the other party. Your insurance company has already got an arrangement with solicitors and may insist that you use them, otherwise they won’t fund the claim. However, you do not ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 09 September 2010

Don't get done by poor servicing

About 12 months ago Pete Hales bought an 06-plate Triumph ST1050 from an authorised dealer. It had had one owner from new with full service history from the dealer who he bought it from. The bike had been recently serviced and had a full MOT.   “I have just had the four year service done by the same dealer. During the ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 09 July 2010

Legal advice: Mud on the road caused crash

“I was riding past a building site and the lorries using the site must have pulled out the mud so the road was covered in it. I slowed down but I couldn’t stop the front wheel slipping out from under me, leaving me with a broken thumb and fractured arm. I have photographs of the road which were taken on ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 25 June 2010

Proper use of mirrors

One of the great attractions of motorcycles is that you can overtake other vehicles far more easily, but you’ve got to take more care when doing so. Simon Williams from Cleveland decided to overtake a lorry and a tractor as the road ahead was clear, but as he overtook the lorry he saw that the tractor in front was turning ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 June 2010

Legal advice: what to do if the work car park is dangerous

Riding to work is a great way to beat the traffic, especially if you have got a works car park to leave your bike in safely. But what do you do if the car park is in a shocking state with potholes and sharp objects that mean you have picked up numerous punctures? The law says that employers have a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 June 2010

Speed camera detectors on satnavs - where you stand

Speed limits are being more rigourously enforced in Europe these days, especially France. The French have also banned speed device detectors and will confiscate any they find on vehicles. Some riders are worried that their existing satnavs loaded with software that shows where European Safety Cameras are will be at risk. If you are taking the latest generation of sat ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 30 April 2010

Legal advice: what to do if you have an accident in France

If you have had the misfortune to be involved in an accident in another EU member state like France and the foreign driver is blaming you and your insurer isn’t pursuing it hard, there are still steps you can take. If an English domiciled biker is injured in France by a French driver then as long as the French driver’s ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 26 March 2010

Had an accident in a car park? Read this...

So how does an accident that happens in a car park differ from an incident on the road? Well, as with any claim, it all depends on the evidence and the facts available. However, unlike a road traffic offence heard in a magistrates court where you have to prove beyond all reasonable doubt, in civil procedure cases you only have ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Insurance advice
  • 08 January 2010

How to claim against a rubbish training centre

The vast majority of training firms out there give great service to trainee riders, but there are always a few who fall down, maybe by adding on extra charges buried in the small print or lending you a bike for the test that isn't roadworthy. If you are unlucky enough to encounter a situation like this there are steps you ...

  • New rider
  • 10 December 2009

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