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Motorcycle Accident Lawyers – How To Get Help With Your Claim

By Jo Greenwood. Last Updated 20th June 2024. Our guide will explain how motorcycle accident lawyers can be useful to you and in what circumstances you will be eligible to claim compensation. 

This guide details how The Highway Code sets out rules for motorcyclists, and we also look at how the Road Traffic Act 1988 applies a duty of care to all road users. 

You may wonder what damages you could be awarded if your personal injury claim following a motorcycle accident is successful. Not only do we look at how compensation is calculated, but we also provide you with key examples.  

Furthermore, we outline the scenarios in which these accidents can unfold, what steps you should take to make a motorcycle accident claim and how hiring motorcycle accident lawyers on a No Win No Fee basis may be financially useful to you during the claims process. 

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  1. What Are Motorcycle Accident Lawyers?
  2. How Can A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help Me Claim Compensation?
  3. Who Are Vulnerable Road Users?
  4. Why Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
  5. What Should You Do If You Have Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?
  6. Time Limits For Motorbike Accident Claims
  7. What Could You Claim With Motorcycle Accident Lawyers?
  8. Claim With A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer – No Win No Fee

What Are Motorcycle Accident Lawyers?

Motorcycle accident lawyers will specialise in the area of motorcycle accident claims. They will benefit your claim because of their frequent handling of these claims. 

Choosing a solicitor based on their expertise and familiarity with the nature of your accident will prove to be greater in benefit than hiring one who specialises in another area of law. Motorcycle accident lawyers will have received training that caters to your specific claim and what steps you could take to increase the likelihood of receiving compensation. 

The Road Traffic Act 1988 and The Highway Code provide laws and guidance that road users must follow whilst on the roads. Motorcyclists should navigate the roads in a reasonably safe way, ensuring the prevention of harm to other road users. 

In order to claim for a motorcycle accident, you need to be able to prove that:

  • A road user owed you a duty of care
  • This duty was breached
  • This breach led to your injuries

If you can demonstrate this, then you could be eligible to claim for negligence and hiring motorcycle accident lawyers could significantly help with beginning your claim. 

How Can A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help Me Claim Compensation?

If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim for a motorcycle accident, you might like to have legal representation to help you. Having the support of one of our motorcycle accident lawyers can benefit your claim in many ways. These include:

  • Having someone with experience in making a personal injury claim for a motorcycle accident to send important documents on your behalf.
  • Your specialist motorcycle injury lawyer can also explain the meaning behind complex legal jargon.
  • Additionally, your lawyer will update you on the state of your claim as it moves through the different stages of the Pre-Action Protocol.
  • Having a lawyer support your claim will also mean that it is accurately valued with all your injuries and expenses accounted for. Once it is settled, it cannot be reopened, even if further injuries become apparent.
  • Your lawyer will also ensure that your case is filed in full and within the limitation period.
  • Also, an experienced lawyer can help you gather evidence that is necessary to support your claim.

Additionally, our lawyers generally offer their legal services on a No Win No Fee basis (we explain what this means later in this guide). If you would like to further discuss the benefits of working with one of our motorcycle accident lawyers, please speak to a member of our advisory team.

Who Are Vulnerable Road Users? 

The Highway Code also outlines what classifies an individual as a vulnerable road user and what this means in relation to road safety. 

Rule 204 states that road users most at risk from traffic are pedestrians, disabled people, older people and children in particular, in addition to cyclists, horse riders, and motorcyclists. The road users who pose the greatest risk have the greater responsibility to reduce their danger. These road users include the likes of lorry or bus drivers. 

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Statistics from the governments Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: Motorcyclist Factsheet 2021 illustrate the frequency of collisions and motorcycle accidents:

  • Between 2004 and 2021, fatalities decreased from 585 to 310 by 47%, and serious injuries fell by 40%.
  • On average, between 2016 and 2021, 6 motorcyclists died, and 111 were seriously injured per week.
  • Almost half of the motorcycle fatalities were caused by collisions between a motorcycle and a car.
  • Driver or rider failing to look properly was the most common factor causing the accidents.

Why Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen? 

Motorcycle accidents can occur in a number of different ways. Examples of these instances include: 

  • Potholes: The road may be damaged, and the local authority may not have repaired it, causing you to fall off your motorcycle. 
  • Roundabouts: A vehicle may not check its mirrors efficiently and therefore pull out at the incorrect time, hitting you.
  • Drink-driving: You may be involved in an accident in which another road user or yourself were intoxicated while driving.

Call our advisors now for free legal advice. After a case assessment that is free of charge, if you have valid grounds to claim, they can connect you with our motorcycle accident lawyers.

What Should You Do If You Have Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident? 

After sustaining injuries in a road traffic accident, the most important thing to do is seek medical attention. This will ensure that you get properly looked at and treated. Any entries in your medical records can be used as evidence to prove the severity of your injuries. 

When you have had your injuries looked at, you may wonder how to claim. Although a motorbike accident lawyer is not compulsory, they will have the expertise and knowledge to file your claim correctly and in full. They can also compile evidence together to help prove your claim. This can include:

  • CCTV/dashcam footage
  • Witness contact details so a statement can be taken by a designated person. 
  • Photographs of your injuries and copies of medical records

Having proof of the causes of your injuries and accident will be significant in claiming compensation. 

Time Limits For Motorbike Accident Claims

If you are eligible to make a personal injury claim, you must start legal proceedings before the relevant time limit expires. For motorbike accident claims, you will typically have three years from the accident date to file your claim under the Limitation Act 1980.

There are, however, some exceptions to this limitation period. For example, if a child under the age of 18 was injured in a motorcycle accident, the three-year time limit would pause until they turned 18.

During this time, an adult, such as a relative, parent or lawyer, could apply to be a litigation friend and start a claim on the child’s behalf. A litigation friend is someone who will act in the child’s best interests when making decisions about the claim.

If no claim was filed during this period, the limitation period would begin once the child turned 18. They would therefore have until they turn 21 to file their own claim.

To learn more about exceptions to the three-year time limit or ask questions about the eligibility criteria for motorcycle accident claims, you can contact our advisors.

What Could You Claim With Motorcycle Accident Lawyers? 

General damages cover the pain and suffering that any injuries or illnesses have caused. 

You may be eligible to receive special damages too. These cover the financial losses you have suffered due to your injuries. These losses can include: 

  • Loss of earnings
  • Ongoing care costs
  • Transportation costs

These monetary losses will need to be accompanied by evidence. This can include: 

  • Payslips
  • Bank statements to show the costs of professional care or home adaptations
  • Tickets from public transport to demonstrate the costs of travel

When looking into the payouts for your injuries, motorcycle accident lawyers may use The Judicial College Guidelines to value your injuries. This offers compensation brackets for various injuries, as shown in the table below. However, these figures are not definite and should only be used as a guide. The outcome of your settlement may vary in comparison. Please note that the figure in the top row was not taken from the Judicial College Guidelines but is instead provided to show how you can be compensated for the injury as well as related expenses. 

Alternatively, you could use a personal injury claims calculator, which gives a rough overview of the values of your injuries. Still, these amounts are not guaranteed and often do not include other factors that may be considered for your compensation. 

InjurySeverityGuideline Compensation
Multiple Severe Injuries and Special DamagesVery SevereUp to £1,000,000+
Head InjuryVery Severe (a)£344,150 to £493,000
Head InjuryModerately Severe (b)£267,340 to £344,150
Neck InjurySevere (a) (i)In the region of £181,020
Neck InjuryModerate (b) (i)£30,500 to £46,970
Severe Leg InjuryMost Serious (b) (i)£117,460 to £165,860
Loss of One ArmAbove Elbow Amputation (b) (ii) £133,810 to £159,770
Back InjurySevere (a) (ii)£90,510 to £107,910
Pelvis and Hip InjuryModerate (b) (ii)£15,370 to £32,450
Shoulder InjurySerious (b)£15,580 to £23,430

Claim With A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer – No Win No Fee

You may be concerned about having to pay high upfront costs to hire legal help. If so one of our specialist solicitors could work with you on a No Win No Basis.

When you work with a lawyer for a motorcycle accident on a No Win No Fee basis, you only pay a legally capped percentage from your settlement if your claim succeeds. If it fails, you typically do not pay your lawyer for their work.

For more information on making motorbike accident claims with one of our No win No Fee lawyers, get in touch with our advisors today. They can answer any questions you may have about the motorcycle accident claims process.

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