A Guide To Motor Insurers’ Bureau Compensation Claim Amounts

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Learn About Making A Claim Through The Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) And Compensation Claim Amounts That Could Be Awarded

By Cat Way. Last Updated 8th July 2024. Welcome to our guide on how the Motors Insurers Bureau (MIB) could help you following a road traffic accident with an uninsured or untraceable driver. We’ll explore the process of making a claim through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau and the compensation claim amounts that could potentially be awarded.

If you have been involved in a vehicle or car accident that has led to an injury with an uninsured driver, you may wish to know how to claim. We’ll explore how you can do this and whether you hold a valid claim.

Additionally, we’ll explain what the MIB is and what’s involved when submitting a claim to the MIB. We will also take a look at what sort of damages the MIB can potentially cover.

Also, we’ll provide information on Motor Insurance Bureau compensation amounts that you could receive in your claim. We’ll also explain the benefits of making your claim on a No Win No Fee basis with an experienced solicitor.

When you secure the help of a professional who is already familiar with the MIB claims process, your chances of receiving compensation will be improved. Our personal injury solicitors are well versed in handling cases where someone has experienced harm caused by an uninsured driver.

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Discover More About Making An MIB Claim In The Sections Below

What Is A Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) Claim?

The Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) is an organisation that was set up in 1946 to compensate people affected by negligent uninsured and untraced drivers. Their objectives are to reduce the impact and level of uninsured driving in the UK and to compensate those who have been affected by untraced/uninsured motorists.

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident with an untraced or uninsured driver, you could make a claim through the MIB. The MIB could compensate you for your injury plus any property damage and financial losses you have suffered due to the accident. However, you must prove that the uninsured driver was at fault for the accident due to them breaching their duty of care. Later in this guide, we will discuss the duty of care that road users owe each other. Additionally, we will share some examples of the compensation you could receive for your injury.

Do not hesitate to contact our advisors today to discuss your MIB claim against an uninsured or untraced driver. Our friendly advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to offer you free legal advice and answer your questions about road traffic accident claims.

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Time Limits For MIB Claims

The time limit for MIB claims is the same as all road traffic accident and personal injury claims, as set out by the Limitation Act 1980. This limit is generally three years from the date of your accident, however, there are some exceptions to this rule.

For example, if you are under the age of eighteen when you are injured, then the time limit is frozen. It reinstates on your eighteenth birthday and runs until you turn twenty-one, but a litigation friend can make a claim on your behalf at any time while it is suspended.

Similarly, the time limit is frozen indefinitely for those who lack the mental capacity to claim for themselves. In these cases, a litigation friend can make their claim for them. Otherwise, the 3-year time limit will only be reinstated if the claimant regains the appropriate capacity.

To learn more about MIB claims, MIB payout examples in the UK, and more, read on. Alternatively, contact our team of advisors today to get started on your claim.

Motor Insurers Bureau Compensation Claim Amounts

You may have used our MIB compensation calculator for an estimate of how much your claim could be worth, or you may have searched for a list of MIB payout examples. Finding a list of payout examples may not be relevant to your claim. This is because all MIB claims are different with compensation awarded on an individual basis. In this section, we are going to explain how Motor Insurers Bureau compensation amounts could be awarded.

If your MIB claim is a success, your settlement may consist of up to two heads of loss. These are general and special damages.

General damages compensates for the physical pain and mental suffering caused by the car accident and subsequent injuries. When those responsible for calculating this part of a settlement are doing so, they may refer to the compensation guidelines from the Judicial College, otherwise known as the “JCG”. This document provides a list of guideline figures that could be awarded in personal injury claims for various injuries.

In our table below, we look at a few figures that could be relevant to a claim made through the MIB. The top row looks at a figure that could be awarded for multiple severe injuries plus special damages. In the following rows, we’ve provided a few figures from the JCG. Additionally, the last two entries of this table have been taken from the Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021 fixed tariff, as these may apply to certain claims being made through the MIB. This table is only provided for guidance.

InjurySeverityCompensation Guideline
Multiple Severe Injuries and Special DamagesVery SevereUp to £1,000,000+
Brain DamageVery Severe£344,150 to £493,000
Brain DamageLess Severe£18,700 to £52,550
Back InjuriesSevere (i)£111,150 to £196,450
Back InjuriesModerate (ii)£15,260 to £33,880
Injuries to Pelvis and HipsSevere (i)£95,680 to £159,770
Injuries to Pelvis and HipsModerate (ii)£15,370 to £32,450
Less Serious Leg InjuriesIncomplete recovery from fractures and serious soft tissue (i)£21,920 to £33,880
Whiplash TariffWhiplash and psychological damage with 18-24 months of symptoms£4,345
Whiplash TariffWhiplash symptoms lasting 18-24 months£4,215

Can MIB Claims Include Special Damages?

Some payouts from successful MIB claims can also include special damages. This head of claim considers your finances and the way that the accident in which you were injured affects you financially. For example, a serious car accident may result in the amputation of an arm, which could prevent you from returning to work. You could claim compensation for your lost wages, including future losses, and lost pension contributions.

This head of claim could help you recover the cost of:

  • Essential travel
  • Mobility aids
  • Home adjustments
  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines
  • Childcare
  • Help with housework
  • Nursing and full-time carers
  • Lost earnings.

Contact our team to learn more about the compensation payout you could receive following a successful claim made through the MIB. Get in touch today to learn more.

Duty Of Care In Road Traffic Accidents

When you are using the roads, you owe a duty of care to other road users, and they owe the same duty of care to you. This means that all road users are responsible for preventing harm and damage to themselves and others by ensuring that they are navigating the roads in a safe and responsible manner. Part of upholding this duty includes complying with the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code.

In order to make a road traffic accident claim, you have to be able to prove that:

  • You were owed a duty of care.
  • This duty was breached.
  • As a result of this breach, you suffered harm. 

For example, if you are injured in a hit-and-run, then you may be able to claim compensation for this through the MIB. This is because the other driver, in this case, breached their duty of care and left the scene of the accident without providing their information. 

To learn more about when you could make an MIB claim, contact our team of advisors today. A member of our team can evaluate your potential claim, and if it’s valid, they may be able to connect you with one of our expert solicitors.

Steps To Making An MIB Claim Following An Accident With An Uninsured Driver

Although it may feel overwhelming, there are several steps you may wish to take before claiming compensation against an uninsured driver.

We have provided details on these steps below. Some of these steps might not be possible, for instance, in cases where you’ve been in a hit and run accident.

  • Try to obtain details of the car, such as the car registration number, vehicle model and colour
  • Try to obtain details of the driver, such as their name and number
  • Gather evidence to support your MIB claim that another driver was responsible, such as witness details, photographs, CCTV footage and dashcam footage
  • Report the accident to the police within 24 hours if the police aren’t present at the time of the accident
  • Try to document what occurred at the car accident or vehicle accident scene as accurately as possible.

These steps can often help if the uninsured driver is unwilling to take responsibility.

An experienced road traffic accident solicitor could help you go through the process of claiming through the MIB. For more information on making an MIB claim and further information on MIB payouts, please contact our team.

What Costs Are Covered In An MIB Claim?

The MIB is responsible for paying compensation to individuals that cannot be claimed against a third party, such as an uninsured driver or a driver who fled the accident scene. They run three specific schemes designed to help the public following an accident with an uninsured or untraceable driver:

  • The uninsured drivers’ scheme – this compensation plan is activated when the driver that causes or contributes to the accident is uninsured.
  • The untraced drivers’ scheme – this is activated when the driver responsible for the car accident or vehicle accident flees and can’t be traced.
  • Green card scheme – this is activated when the accident is caused or contributed to by foreign drivers.

Make An MIB Claim With Our No Win No Fee Solicitors

Those eligible to make a claim could seek legal representation from a solicitor who has previous experience handling MIB claims. If you contact our advisors about your claim and they determine you have a strong case, then they could connect you with one of our solicitors. One of them may offer to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis through a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

When working with a solicitor under this arrangement, you won’t be required to pay any upfront or ongoing fees for their services. Additionally, if your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be obligated to pay your solicitor for the work they have provided on your case.

If your MIB claim is a success, a success fee will be subtracted from the compensation awarded to you. This is a legally capped percentage of your compensation that’s taken from the No Win No Fee solicitor who worked on your case.

Contact our advisors today to discuss your potential claim and receive advice. Our team is available 24/7 to help answer any questions you may have.

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Learn More About MIB Claims

We hope our guide on making a MIB claim has helped. We have included other resources below.

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