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Motorcycle Accident Compensation Claims

By Stephen Parker. Last Updated 8th October 2021. Welcome to our guide on motorcycle accident claims to help you get the motorcycle accident compensation you deserve.

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.

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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A Guide to Compensation For Motorcycle Accidents Claims

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Motorcycle accident compensation

This guide on how to claim motorcycle accident compensation will examine the claims process and what steps you could take.

Motorcycle accidents can happen as part of a road traffic accident. If another road user has breached their duty of care, failed to adhere to the Highway Code and caused an accident that could have been avoided, those who have suffered injuries could be eligible to make a claim.

It is not a legal requirement for a claimant to have a solicitor. However, personal injury solicitors, those who specialise in motorcycle road traffic accident claims, will know to ensure you receive the right amount of compensation.

With that being said, we will look at how a motorcycle accident claim calculator may not always give you an accurate answer. Additionally, we explain how the situation changes if you’re claiming on behalf of a victim who cannot process their own claim.

We will look at answering the following questions within this article. If you still have more questions, please do not hesitate to call us today;

  • How do I make motorcycle accident compensation claims?
  • How much is my motorcycle accident claim worth?
  • What is the average payout for a motorcycle accident
  • Things you should do after a motorcycle accident?
  • What is the number one cause of motorcycle accidents?

We begin by offering victims of a motorcycle accident a completely free legal consultation 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 below will give a more detailed look at the different aspects of the legal process for making a personal injury compensation claim following a motorcycle accident.

What percentage of motorcycle accidents are fatal?

19% of fatalities on roads in Great Britain in 2019 involved motorcyclists. They have a higher fatality rate than any other road user group, with 104.6 fatalities per billion miles travelled. In 2013, 68 per cent of motorcyclist fatalities occurred on rural roads. 

What To Do If You Are Involved In A Motorcycle Accident

What should you do if you are involved in a motorcycle accident? 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 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 deserve. 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 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 Claims 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 claim,s 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,k 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 help you get the motorcycle accident compensation you deserve. 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.

Motorcycle Accident Claims For Compensation – What can be Claimed for?

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.

Motorcycle Accident Claim For Compensation – How Much Can be Claimed?

Welcome to our compensation calculator section of the guide.

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.

Typical Compensation Amounts for Injuries Sustained in a Motorcycle Accident

We understand that those wanting to make a motorcycle accident compensation claim will want some idea of how much they can be awarded. We have included this table below, which looks specifically at general damages the compensation awarded for the pain and suffering. The table shows compensation figures for different types of illness and injuries.

We have taken these figures from the Judicial College. They provide a yearly updated publication of personal injuries along with guideline figures. We have not included a motorcycle accident calculator for your claim, as online tools don’t consider all the facts.

Type of InjurySeverity of InjuryDescription of the InjuryCompensation
Brain Damage Very Severe Brain DamageHow much compensation awarded may be based on what their life expectancy may be, what their limitations are and if they require help with feeding.£264,650 to £379,100
Brain Damage Moderately Severe Brain DamageThe claimant will have a better prognosis than the category above. Compensation is awarded based on the same factors as above. £205,580 to £264,650
EpilepsyEstablished Grand MalSingle type of injury compensation is awarded for. £95,710 to £140,870
Psychiatric Damage GenerallyModerately SevereThe outlook is more positive than the most severe degrees of injury, but these are still very serious types of injury. £17,900 to £51,460
Injuries Affecting SightTotal Loss of One EyeWhere one eye is lost but the other eye is not affected. Compensation may be based on cosmetic appearance and other factors. £51,460 to £61,690
Deafness/TinnitusMild tinnitus with some NIHLA mild degree of injury to the ears. £11,820 to £13,970
Chest InjuriesDamage to chest and lung(s) Chest and lung injuries which leave the claimant with a degree of disability. £29,380 to £51,460
Back InjuriesSevereThis is the most severe degree of injury to the back. It could affect the spine. £85,470 to £151,070
Shoulder InjuriesModerateA common injury such as a frozen shoulder could present as a moderate degree and be awarded a settlement in this range. £7,410 to £11,980
Injuries to the Pelvis and HipsLesser InjuriesWhislt the claimant may have suffered a significant injury, there should be no disability. £3,710 to £11,820

Please only use the table as a guide. The table does not include special damages. Therefore, it cannot give an overall picture of the final settlement. For a more precise estimate of your motorcycle accident compensation, call our advisors today.

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

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.

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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.

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Motorcycle accident compensation claim FAQs

What is the average payout for a motorcycle accident?

There is no such thing as an average payout for any personal injury claim, as they’re valued case-by-case. This is because the extent of each claimant’s suffering is used to calculate how much compensation they’re entitled to. For a free consultation, please contact us today.

Who is at fault in a motorcycle accident?

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

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.

Should I get a lawyer for a motorcycle accident?

Though solicitors aren’t a legal requirement, personal injury lawyers offer the expertise necessary to make any valid claim successful and win their client the maximum compensation they deserve. Our panel has over 30 years of experience in the claims process, meaning they can give you tried and trusted advice on proceeding with your case.

How can No Win No Fee claims help?

No Win No Fee agreements are financially risk-free, as there are no upfront costs to pay or any hidden charges. Most importantly, if your law firms don’t win your compensation for you, you won’t have to pay them a penny, not even in interim payments while the case is ongoing.

What damages can I be compensated for?

Personal injury claims have two types of damages that could be compensated, general damages and special damages. General damages are designed to cover physical and psychiatric harm, whereas special damages are designed to cover any financial losses resulting from the accident.

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 personal injury claim.

What should you do after a motorcycle accident?

After seeking professional medical help to have any injuries seen, the following could help give your claim the best chances of success:

  • Collecting any witness’ contact details for future statements to be given
  • Photographing and videoing the scene of the incident for evidentiary purposes
  • Contacting a personal injury lawyer to handle your case

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

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