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Motorcycle Accident Compensation Claims

By Daniel Fisk. Last Updated 25th July 2022. Welcome to our guide on motorcycle accident claims to help you get the motorcycle accident compensation you are entitled to.

According to the charity Brake, those who ride on 2 wheels are 63 times more likely to be seriously injured in a road traffic accident. Those who ride on motorcycles are considered to be vulnerable road users. They do not have the safety features found in other vehicles.

Motorcycle accident claims

Motorcycle accident compensation

They can also be much harder to see and be affected by weather conditions than other road users. When making a motorbike accident claim, it may be wise to have a personal injury solicitor represent your case so that you are compensated fully.

To make a motorcycle crash claim, a third party must be at fault for the accident. This article looks to answer key questions about claiming motorcycle accident compensation. It provides advice on the claiming process. It also examines possible compensation amounts and how a No Win No Fee solicitor could benefit you.

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What To Do If You Are Involved In A Motorcycle Accident

What should you do if you are involved in a motorcycle accident today or on another day? As with any road traffic accident, it is important to firstly look at whether you are injured. Or if anyone else is injured who was involved in the accident. Seeking medical attention is useful to have your motorbike injuries looked at and provide supporting evidence for your claim.

Anyone involved in a road traffic accident could take several other steps to help them get the motorcycle accident compensation they are entitled to. These steps include:

Motorcycle accident compensation

Motorcycle accident compensation

Get full contact details, including the postal address and telephone number of all the parties involved in the accident. It’ll also be beneficial to collect the same info from any witnesses who could help shed light on the accident sometime in the future.

Also, collect the license details of all drivers that were involved in the accident. Also make note of all the vehicles’ registration numbers.

If it’s possible, also try to take photographs of the scene of the accident. If you don’t have a camera (or a phone with a camera), then consider asking a witness if they can take photos for you. Make sure to photograph the registration of all the vehicles involved. You should also report the accident to your insurance company as soon as you can (after the initial actions taken following the accident).

Visit the hospital to have your injuries tended. Again, this is a critical point. The hospital will document your motorbike injuries at the same time as they treat them. This will be crucial evidence when it comes to claiming motorcycle accident compensation.

What is the number one cause of motorcycle accidents?

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published some key figures not just for road traffic accidents in general but varying categories. In 2020, 285 motorcyclists died in road collisions. This represents a 15% decrease in fatal accidents when compared to 2019. Back then, 336 motorcyclists died in UK road collisions.

Motorcyclists are considered vulnerable road users, partly due to the lack of protection they have compared to certain other road users. Because of this, they have higher casualty rates compared to many other types of road users.

How to Begin A Motorcycle Accident Claim For Compensation

As been previously stated, it is entirely up to you whether you use a solicitor to represent your case for motorcycle accident compensation claims. If you decide that it is the best option to have a solicitor pursue your motorcycle accident claims then they may ask the following questions;

  • When and where did the motorcycle accident take place?
  • Who was involved in the accident? Here we will need the names and contact details of all of the people who were involved.
  • Were there any witnesses to the accident? If there were, we would also take contact details for them if you have this information.
  • How did the accident happen? We will ask you to describe the events leading up to the accident and those after. If you have any photos of the accident, these would be very useful to us at this stage.
  • You can tell us about any injuries you sustained and also any treatment you received at the hospital.
  • Are these long-term injuries? We need to find out if the injuries you sustained due to a motorcycle accident will have ongoing negative health effects that impact your life.
  • Have you suffered any additional hardship as a result of your motorcycle accident? Have you had to miss work, causing you to lose income? Did you have to pay any medical costs to have your injuries treated? Did you have to pay for transport to the hospital either after the accident or as an outpatient? All of these factors will contribute to the personal injury compensation claim we can pursue on your behalf following a motorcycle accident.

What comes next?

Once we have collected all of the key facts from you, we will recommend a course of action to help you get the motorcycle accident compensation which you’re entitled to. If you have strong grounds to pursue a claim, we may offer to connect you with one of our solicitors to support your case. Our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if your case is unsuccessful, you don’t have to pay your solicitor their legal fees.

Motorcycle Accident Claims For Compensation

The most common question we are asked about motorcycle accident compensation claims is ‘how much is my motorcycle accident claim worth”? When it comes to calculating how much compensation you’ll be paid out, the damages can be split into two separate categories; general damages and special damages.

General Damages:

The general damages category contains all of the things that pertain to the actual injury you sustained as a result of a motorcycle accident. This includes:

  • The pain caused – short, medium and long-term physical pain. A solicitor may use a medical report to support these facts.
  • Mental trauma and stress – about the shock of being involved in a motorcycle accident.
  • Ongoing health issues – this covers problems caused by the motorbike injury that will affect your quality of life far into the future, potentially forever.

Special Damages:

As part of a motorcycle accident compensation claim, you could claim special damages. This type of payout covers all of the issues not related to the physical aspects of the personal injury sustained due to a motorcycle accident. These include:

  • Travel costs – if you had to pay for transport after the accident or get medical care as an outpatient.
  • Medical bills this cover the immediate treatment after the motorcycle accident and the ongoing treatment and other medical bills.
  • Ongoing care if you need long-term physiotherapy or now require assistance at home to manage day-to-day activities such as cleaning and cooking.
  • Loss of earnings if you have either had to give up work or missed work as a direct result of the personal injury sustained due to a motorcycle accident, any loss of earnings could be reimbursed.

What is the average payout for a motorcycle accident?

Every motorcycle accident compensation claim is different. They may share familiar similarities. But in reality, they will never be entirely the same. One person’s severe pain may be another’s mild to moderate pain. No two injuries are entirely the same.

To give an average payout would be misleading as personal injury claims are valued based on their unique factors.

It is almost impossible to give spot-on indications of the amount of motorcycle accident compensation a person can claim due to a personal injury sustained during a motorcycle accident. Every case is unique, as is every injury and its effect upon the victim’s life.

so how much is my motorcycle accident claim worth? In a compensation claim, two areas are used to calculate the overall settlement. General and special damages. As we discussed earlier, general damages cover pain and suffering. In contrast, special damages will put the claimant back in the financial position before the accident.

To determine general damages, you will very much likely attend an appointment with a medical specialist. Who will examine you and ask questions about how the injury has impacted you. Using the information from this assessment, your solicitor will value your claim.

To find out what you could include in your motorcycle accident compensation claim, call our advisors today. Take advantage of the free consultation to have all your questions answered. There will be no obligation to proceed.

Alternatively, why not try using our free personal injury compensation calculator tool? With just a few simple clicks of a button, you can find out if you’re eligible to claim and how much compensation your injuries could be worth.

For more information on personal injury claims of this nature, please contact our team today or read on.

Motorbike Accident Compensation – Claim Calculator

Due to the number of factors that can affect how much motorbike accident claims are worth, legal professionals will often make use of various resources when calculating how much you should receive in compensation. For instance, they will look at medical evidence. Additionally, they will also make use of a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).

The JCG contains figures that are based on previous court payouts. It was updated in 2022. Whilst the figures shown can be used to give you an idea as to the value of similar claims, motorcycle injury claims will all be assessed individually.

Brain or Head InjuryVery Severe£282,010 to £403,990
Brain or Head InjuryModerately Severe£219,070 to £282,010
Injuries Affecting SightTotal Loss of One Eye£54,830 to £65,710
Injuries Affecting SightMinor Eye Injuries£3,950 to £8,730
Shoulder InjurySevere£19,200 to £48,030
Shoulder InjurySerious£12,770 to £19,200
Shoulder InjuryModerate£7,890 to £12,770
Injuries to the ElbowLess Severe Injuries£15,650 to £32,010
Hand InjurySerious Hand Injuries£29,000 to £61,910
Hand InjuryLess Serious Hand Injury£14,450 to £29,000

Get in touch with our advisors today. We can take you through the process of valuing a claim. If we think your claim is legitimate, then we could even connect you with a motorbike accident solicitor to get the process started.

No Win No Fee Motorcycle Accident Claims

What does the term No Win No Fee really mean? How does it help people with limited financial resources to gain access to legal representation? Could you claim compensation on a No Win No Fee basis?

No Win No Fee is very easy to understand. It means what it says on the label. If you don’t win, you don’t pay a fee to your solicitor. When you win, then we will take our fee out of the compensation you have been awarded. If you lose, then you don’t pay us a single thing.

The percentage that we take is capped by law. It can only be taken if compensation is awarded.

Why Choose Us As Your Solicitor Following a Motorcycle Accident?

Our No Win No Fee solicitors have decades of experience combined. They will work tirelessly to ensure that if you have a valid claim,m you receive the right amount of compensation. Their knowledge base is vast, and they have the capabilities of filing your claim efficiently and successfully.

We are always just a phone call or email away, ready to answer any questions or queries you may have about your personal injury compensation claim following a motorcycle road traffic accident. We are here to help and are happy to explain any legal details you do not understand about claiming motorcycle accident compensation.

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motorcycle accident compensation

motorcycle accident compensation

Have you suffered a personal injury as a direct result of being the victim of a motorcycle accident? Do you believe that the accident was caused by somebody else? Or that another party may be liable for the accident through negligence? Call our team today to help you pursue a motorcycle accident compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

Don’t worry about this being a complicated procedure; we aim to make claiming compensation as streamlined as possible. We offer everyone a completely free legal consultancy session. The free consultation that we offer is so that your case can be assessed. In this session, you can ask as many questions as you like,e and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim.

There are several ways you could contact Legal Expert today;

You won’t need to pay us a thing until we successfully claim compensation for your personal injury. If we fail to make a claim, then you don’t pay a penny. Our team of advisors are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to answer any queries you may have about your claim for motorcycle accident compensation.

What is the Time Limit for Motorcycle Accident Claims?

In order to be able to make a personal injury claim after suffering a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own, it must have happened no longer than 3 years ago. This is because there is a limitation period within which claimants may be eligible for compensation.

However, there are some exceptions to this time limit, which include:

  • If you’re under 18, this time limit doesn’t apply to you until your 18th birthday. Alternatively, a parent or guardian could claim on your behalf by acting as a litigation friend in the meantime.
  • If your loved one is unable to make a claim for themselves as a result of the accident, you could do so on their behalf. In such cases, the time limit can be frozen until they regain the ability to claim. Otherwise, the time limit begins once a litigation friend acts on their behalf to make legal proceedings.

If you’re unsure whether you’re still within the time limit to make a claim, please get in touch with us today for a free consultation. If it turns out that you’re entitled to compensation, we have a panel of personal injury lawyers on hand to handle your case right away on a No Win No Fee basis.

Useful Motorcycle Links

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Motorcycle Accident Compensation Claim FAQs

Who is at fault in a motorcycle accident?

There is a range of parties that could be responsible for motorcycle accidents, including the motorcyclist involved.

However, if a third party is to blame for causing an accident, they could be held liable. Proving they owed you a duty of care that they failed to uphold, causing you to suffer. As a result, you could be able to claim them.

Can motorcycle accident claims be made by a passenger?

Yes, if you can establish that your injuries were caused by the negligent behaviour of another road user. This road user could even be the person in control of the motorcycle on which the passenger was riding.

The rider has a duty of care to make sure any passengers are kept as safe as reasonably possible. They can do so by taking steps such as observing the speed limit and obeying traffic lights.

Otherwise, they could be held accountable for the injuries to their passengers and have a motorcycle accident injury claim made against them.

Top tips for proving motorcycle accident claims

If someone else’s negligence has caused you to be injured in a motorbike accident, compensation being awarded to you may depend on how much evidence you are able to present to support your claim.

Here are some examples of some evidence you can gather to support motorcycle injury claims:

  • CCTV footage – Along with photographs of the incident, video footage can be very useful when establishing negligence. You can request a copy if you appear in the footage. It’s advised that you do this as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Witness statements – Make sure you have a way to reach any witnesses to the accident that caused your injuries. If you have their contact details, then a solicitor such as ours can assist you in gathering statements.
  • Medical records – These will hold vital details pertaining to your injuries and treatment.

How much are motorbike accident claims worth?

Every personal injury claim will be valued differently. The reason for this is that each claim comes with a unique set of circumstances that can influence how much you could be awarded. All the factors of your claim need to be individually assessed before a value can be given.

Get in touch with our advisors today, and they can provide an estimate of what your claim could be worth.

What are the odds of surviving a motorcycle accident?

Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road user groups in Britain, with one of the highest casualty and fatality rates per mile travelled. Therefore, they’re a particularly at-risk group for severe, if not deadly, accidents.

Can you get PTSD from a motorcycle accident?

It’s not uncommon for victims of motorcycle accidents to suffer from PTSD in the wake of their incident. Symptoms can range from developing specific motorcycle-related phobias to suffering from debilitating flashbacks and anxiety, which can severely affect their quality of life. These impacts could all be compensated as part of a PTSD compensation claim.

How much compensation for a motorcycle or motorbike accident could I be awarded?

The amount you’re awarded could hinge on a number of variables. For example, it may depend on how severe your injury is. Some injuries may be minor and could heal within a matter of weeks or months.

However, it’s possible that motorcycle accident claims could be made for injuries of a more serious nature. They could take years to fully heal, or they may never fully heal at all. Certain injuries could have a lasting effect on your quality of life.

Because of this, there is no broad example of a figure we could give that would be accurate in all cases.

Thank you for reading our guide on motorcycle accident claims and motorcycle accident compensation.

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