A Sheffield man tells how BP365 came to his aid
after a horrific motorcycle accident
Dan Simpson, a 34-year-old sales rep from Sheffield, is an absolute bike nut who has been riding since the age of 18. Now with a busy job and a couple of young kids to look after, he rarely gets the opportunity to give his Suzuki TL1000S a good airing. Weekends are often the only chance and so, with the children packed off to their grandparents, Dan loves nothing more than a thrash through the beautiful countryside of the Peak District.
"There's not a feeling in the world like being sat on top of nearly 1000cc of pure energy," he said, "It's what I dream about whilst I'm stuck in traffic jams in the car during the week.
"The world flashing by and the wind whistling past my ears; I love it."
But Dan's experience of biking hasn't always been so wonderful. Two years ago, while out for a Sunday afternoon ride in the Yorkshire Dales with his Ducati 916 and a mate, disaster struck.
A car pulled out from a side road right into his path, giving him practically no time to react. Instinctively jamming on the brakes, he lost the front wheel to a patch of gravel, the bike went from under him, collided with the car at full pelt and sent Dan careering through the air.
He landed thirty feet down the road, skidding along the tarmac and ended up only millimetres from the bumper of a car that had been coming in the opposite direction. Seeing the whole episode unfold in front of him, Dan's mate was off his bike in seconds and kneeling beside the prostrate figure, fearing the worst.
"I don't really remember too much about the accident," Dan told us. "I remember the car pulling out and the next thing I know I'm lying on the ground.
"I wasn't hurting at all, but I must've blacked out because I woke up in hospital hours later. Then I was hurting! I've never been in so much pain. They'd dosed me up with drugs but it was still unbearable. I just wanted it all to stop, for someone to finish me off, it really was that bad"
It's not surprising Dan was in agony. It was amazing that he'd actually survived the motorbike accident - the paramedics called it a miracle - but he was left with some pretty nasty reminders of that Sunday afternoon in the Dales.
His pelvis, which took the full force of the impact, was shattered into pieces, his left arm was broken in six places, eight ribs were cracked, his knee had popped out of its socket and four teeth were smashed.
Amazingly, all Dan's internal organs were unaffected by the motorcycle accident and it was just a case of the doctors piecing him back together again. Several months in hospital and a couple of metal plates later he was back at home, and after three more months he was back at work.
It took over a year before he had the confidence to get back on his bike, albeit a new one, but he hasn't looked back since. Although the accident is always in the back of his mind when he's out on his bike, he refuses to let the actions of one dozy motorist stop him from doing the thing he loves best - riding.
The fact that he's managed to put it all behind him and move on with his life is due in no small part to his family and friends. They rallied around him when he was lying in the hospital bed, keeping everything going at home and doing their best to keep his spirits up.
It was actually his father-in-law who gave Dan the idea of making a compensation claim against the driver that caused his motorbike accident. So, out of hospital and on the road to recovery, Dan logged on to the net and found that BP365 were the ideal firm to help him.
A couple of phone calls and some medical checks was all it took for personal injury solicitors to take up his case and move things forward; Dan could get on with recovering without having to worry about how his claim was progressing as he was kept informed every step of the way.
A result was actually fairly quick in coming as the insurance company of the driver who caused the accident admitted complete liability almost immediately. In addition to almost £20,000 to recompense him for his lost earnings, Dan received personal injury compensation of just over £33,000. The compensation meant that Dan was able to replace the leathers that the paramedics cut off him at the scene of the accident, and buy himself a much-needed new helmet.
On top of all of that, BP365 arranged for Dan's wrecked Ducati to be replaced, and he received enough money to go out and buy himself a fearsome TL1000S.
All good stories have a happy ending, and thanks to a little help from his family and a lot of help from BP365, this one most certainly does.
So if you've found yourself in a similar situation to Dan, and you need a bit of assistance, give BP365 a call today on 0800 0925 365. We know what you're going through and we're the people who can really help you get back on the road as soon as possible.
*Where replacement vehicle costs can be recovered from the insurance company of the person who caused the accident. Where this person is untraceable or uninsured, or where there is a dispute over liability, a replacement vehicle cannot be provided.
* A temporary replacement hire motorcycle or scooter can usually be provided within 24 hours where hire costs can be recovered from the insurance company of the person who caused the accident. If this person is untraceable or uninsured, or where there is a dispute over liability, it may not be possible to provide a replacement bike. Please do still call us though, as we will always do everything we can to help.
* If the leathers you are replacing are old or worn the insurance company may require you to make a contribution towards the cost of the new leathers. This is called betterment value and our experienced legal team will advise you on the reasonableness of any offers.