How Much Compensation Can I Claim For a Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Road traffic accidents including motorcycle accidents are the most common form of accidents in the UK. In 2015 there were over 185,000 accidents that resulted in injury to one or more persons. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, we may be able to help you successfully make a motorcycle accident claim for compensation.
Even if you believe that the motorcycle accident was not the fault of another party, it may be that somebody is responsible for paying compensation due to negligence or liability. You will need expert legal advice to discern whether this is the case.
This guide to motorcycle accident claims for personal injury compensation and will aim to educate people on what to do following an accident, how to make a claim for a motorcycle accident, and what you can expect to receive in the way of compensation.
This guide will also cover how a No Win No Fee agreement works, and exactly how the legal fees for this kind of compensation claim are calculated.
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- A guide to compensation claims for motorcycle accidents.
- What to do if you are involved in a motorcycle accident.
- How to begin a motorcycle accident compensation claim.
- Motorcycle accident compensation claims – what can be claimed for?
- Motorcycle accident compensation claims – how much can be claimed?
- Typical compensation amounts for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
- No win no fee motorcycle accident claims.
- Why choose us as your solicitor following a motorcycle accident.
We know that not everyone has access to the money needed to pursue a motorcycle accident claim for paying their own legal fees. Therefore, we have developed a No Win No Fee service, that helps people with limited finances to make a successful compensation claim. If we don’t make a successful claim, you don’t pay us anything.
Most usually, we begin by offering victims of a motorcycle accident a completely free legal counseling session. We will gather all the facts of the accident, ask you about your personal injury, and then offer you some advice on the best way to proceed with your compensation claim. The following sections of this guide found below, will give more detail on the different aspects of the legal process for making a personal injury compensation claim following a motorcycle accident.
Being involved in a motorcycle accident, no matter how serious, is a traumatic experience. The shock caused by such an accident can result in the victim failing to take appropriate measures to ensure that they have the best chance of making a successful personal injury compensation claim after the motorcycle accident.
There are a number of steps that anyone involved in a road traffic accident needs to take after to the accident. These steps include:
Collect the full contact details including postal address and telephone number of all parties involved in the accident. It will also be beneficial to collect the same information from any witnesses who may be able to help shed light on the accident sometime in the future.
Collect the license details of all drivers involved in the accident, and also collect the registration numbers of all vehicles involved.
If possible, 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 one of the witnesses if they can take photos for you. Be sure to photograph the registration of all vehicles involved.
Report the motorcycle accident to the police. This is a critical part of marking a personal injury compensation claim later on, as the police testimony is pivotal to making a successful case if the accident was not your fault.
Visit the hospital to have your injuries tended. Again, this is a critical point. The hospital will document your injuries at the same time as they treat them. This will be crucial evidence when it comes to making a personal injury compensation claim following a motorcycle accident.
If you believe you have grounds for making a personal injury compensation claim following a motorcycle accident, then the process for actually instigating this claim is very straightforward.
Firstly, you need to contact us to set up a free legal consultancy session. We use this session as a fact-finding mission to learn all of the details about the motorcycle accident and how it happened. We will also ask you about the personal injury you sustained, and its short, medium and long-term effects. Typically, we will ask questions such as:
- When and where did the motorcycle accident take place?
- Who was involved in the accident? Here we will need the names and contact details for all of the people who were involved.
- Were there any witnesses to the accident? If there were, we will 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 also those that took place after. If you have any photos of the accident, these would be very useful to us at this stage.
- How were you injured? 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 as a result of a motorcycle accident are going to have ongoing negative health effects that have an impact on 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.
Once we have collected all of the key facts from you, we will recommend a course of action to take. In most cases, this means that we will offer to pursue your motorcycle accident personal injury claim on a No Win No Fee basis. If you don’t receive compensation, you don’t pay us a thing.
When it comes to calculating how much compensation will be paid as the result of a personal injury sustained in a motorcycle accident, then the damages can be split into two separate categories; general damages and special damages, thus:
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 medical report will be used to support these facts.
- Mental trauma and stress – pertaining to the shock of being involved in a motorcycle accident.
- Ongoing health issues – this covers and problems caused by the injury that will affect your quality of life far into the future, potentially forever.
Special Damages: Motorcycle Accident Claims
The special damages category covers all of the issues that are not related to the physical aspects of the person injury sustained as a result of a motorcycle accident. These include:
- Travel costs – if you had to pay for transport after the accident, or to get medical care as an outpatient.
- Medical costs – this cover not only the immediate treatment after the motorcycle accident but also ongoing treatment and the cost of medication.
- 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 as a result of a motorcycle accident, and this has caused you to lose income.
It is almost impossible to give a spot on indication of the amount of compensation a person can claim as a result of a personal injury sustained during a motorcycle accident. Every case is completely unique, as is every injury and the effect it has upon the victim’s life.
Therefore, we will never attempt to give an estimate of how much a person might receive as a result of a motorcycle accident compensation claim on the very first free legal counseling session. We need to look more deeply into the case before we can begin to calculate the range of damages that may be possible to claim.
However, due to our experience, we do have a good idea of roughly what each type of injury will likely receive as a compensation pay-out. For example, a person suffering from whiplash, who is likely to recover fully within a year, will usually receive between £2,500 and £3000. This is in regard to the injury itself, special damages will always be unique to each case.
Published below is a table of typical compensation claim amount for various injuries that can be sustained as the result of a motorcycle accident.
|Head Injury||Severe||£215,000 - £310,000||Accident victims who are unresponsive and in a vegetative state due to severe brain damage.|
|Head Injury||Moderate||£12,500 - £200,00||Impaired mental ability, change in personality of loss of motor function.|
|Head Injury||Minor||£1,500 - £9,500||Injuries to the head that did not result in brain damage.|
|Face Injury||Severe||£15,400 - £73,200||Severe injuries that result in permanent scarring.|
|Face Injury||Moderate||£12,200 - £27,300||Breaks and fractures to cheeks, jaw or nose.|
|Face Injury||Minor||£1,700 - £12,350||Injuries resulting in scarring until fully healed in the mid to long-term but not permanent.|
|Ear Injury||Severe||£69,100 - £108,500||Injury resulting in complete deafness.|
|Ear Injury||Moderate||£22, 300 - £34,500||Injury resulting in deafness in one ear.|
|Ear Injury||Minor||£4,300 - £37,500||Injury resulting in hearing impediment.|
|Eye Injury||Severe||£81,200 - £205,300||Loss of sight in both eyes, or one eye and partial loss of sight in the other.|
|Eye Injury||Moderate||£7,100 - £49,400||Loss of sight or seriously reduced vision in one eye.|
|Eye Injury||Minor||£1,600 - £7,600||Injury resulting in temporary vision impediment.|
|Back Injury||Severe||£29,750 - £123,300||Injury damaging the back, resulting in loss of motor function or paralysis.|
|Back Injury||Moderate||£30,750 - £8,750||Injury resulting in damage to the back, with long-term ongoing pain.|
|Back Injury||Minor||£350 -£9,850||Injury resulting in temporary damage to the back, with short-term pain.|
|Neck Injury||Severe||£35,500 - £112, 450||Injury resulting in severe pain, impairment of movement or paralysis.|
|Neck Injury||Moderate||£29,600 - £42,300||Injury resulting in long-term damage restricting movement and causing pain.|
|Neck Injury||Minor||£1,800 - £ 6,200||Injury resulting in short-term damage to neck such as whiplash.|
|Shoulder Injury||Severe||£9,500 - £37,00||Injury resulting in impaired movement or numbness of arm.|
|Shoulder Injury||Moderate||£6,250 - £9,750||Injury resulting in limited movement of the arm.|
|Shoulder Injury||Minor||£350 - £6,700||Injury resulting in short-term restriction of movement of arm or pain.|
|Arm Injury||Severe||£74,200 - £227,250||Injury resulting in the amputation of one or both arms.|
|Arm Injury||Moderate||£30,100 - £99,750||Injury resulting in loss of function of both or one arm, or ongoing long-term pain.|
|Arm Injury||Minor||£4,500 - £30,250||Injury resulting in short-term restriction of movement of arm or pain.|
|Elbow Injury||Severe||£29,200 - £42,250||Injury resulting in complete loss of function of the elbow also covers injuries that require surgery.|
|Elbow Injury||Moderate||£11,400 - £23,900||Injury resulting in partial loss of function of the elbow.|
|Elbow Injury||Minor||£3,100 - £9,750||Injury resulting in short-term partial loss of function of the elbow.|
|Hand Injury||Severe||£46,300 - £151,250||Injury resulting in the amputation or loss of function in one or both hands.|
|Hand Injury||Moderate||£22,500 - £47,750||Injury resulting in a reduced function of one or both hands.|
|Hand Injury||Minor||£700 - £22,300||Bone fracture, tissue damage of short-term loss of function in one or both hands.|
|Wrist Injury||Severe - Minor||£2,550 - £44,500||From the complete loss of function of both wrists, down to minor sprains causing short-term pain.|
|Finger Injury||Severe - Minor||£375 - £69,330||From amputation of one or more fingers down to minor sprains causing short-term pain.|
|Leg Injury||Severe||£75,100 - £215,000||Injury resulting in the amputation of one or both legs.|
|Leg Injury||Moderate||£21,750 - £104,100||Injury resulting in loss of function of one or both legs.|
|Leg Injury||Minor||£1,800 - £17,900||Injury resulting in break or fracture of one or both legs that will heal over time.|
|Knee Injury||Severe||£39,700 - £72,970||Injury resulting in permanent loss of function or one or both knees.|
|Knee Injury||Moderate||£20,250 - £33,200||Injury resulting in long-term damage to the knee, resulting in loss of function and ongoing pain.|
|Knee Injury||Minor||£4,750 - £19,600||Injury resulting in short-term damage to the knee, causing loss of function or pain.|
|Ankle Injury||Severe||£10,300 - £53,100||Injury resulting in loss of function of the ankle, long-term pain, or requiring surgery to correct.|
|Achilles||Moderate||£5,300 - £30,100||Injury resulting in the loss of function of the ankle over the long-term, possibly with ongoing pain.|
|Foot Injury||Severe||£64,000 - £152,750||Injury resulting in the amputation of one or both feet.|
|Foot Injury||Moderate||£18,500 - £52,900||Injury resulting in long-term loss of function of one or both feet, with an ongoing disability.|
|Foot Injury||Mild||£5,300 - £11,050||Injury resulting in short-term damage to foot and pain.|
|Toe Injury||Severe - Moderate||£4,500 - £43,250||From amputation of multiple toes, down to a loss of a single toe.|
These amounts are based on the actual value that has historically been awarded. They should be seen as a rough guideline only.
What does the term No Win No Fee really mean? How does it help people with limited financial resources to gain access to the legal representation they need to press a successful personal injury compensation claim following a motorcycle accident?
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. What this means is, that all of your legal costs for pursuing a compensation claim are deferred until the end of the case. If 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. We carry all the risk.
Because we carry the risk, and because our fee is always based on how much compensation we claim on your behalf, we will always try and get you the most compensation possible. We are legally bound to never charge more than 25% of the compensation received as our total fee. So, you will always receive at least 75% of the compensation awarded to you following a motorcycle accident.
We operate under the premise that our customers are the lifeblood of our business. Our customer-centric approach to doing business means that we have our client’s needs in mind at all times. To us, every client is equally valuable, regardless of the size of their case, or the potential fees we can be paid from your claim.
We will always offer the very best advice possible. We won’t make assumptions about your case, leading us to make bad legal decisions. Every action we take will be driven by solid, sensible legal reasoning. We aim to win your personal injury compensation claim, and in doing so, make sure you receive the highest compensation payout possible; after all, our fee is tied to this, it is in both parties interest to try and claim the most compensation possible.
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 accident. We are here to help and are happy to explain any legal details that you do not understand.
Start Your Motorcycle Accident Claim Today
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? If this sounds like you, then you owe it to yourself to contact us as soon as possible. It could well be that we can help you successfully pursue a personal injury 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. In this session, we will evaluate the major facts of the case, and if we think you have a good chance of claiming compensation for a personal injury, we will offer to take your case on under a Conditional Fee Agreement, which is also known as a No Win No Fee agreement.
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, the risk is all ours. If we do manage to make a successful motorcycle accident compensation claim, then we will take our fee from any compensation you receive to a maximum of 25%.
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