Motorcycle Accident Personal Injury Claims
Find out how much your personal injury claim may be worth
Motorcycle Accident claims are one of the most common types of road traffic claims. Some motorcycle riders have loved motorcycles since they were children and could not imagine any other way of travelling around. Others use motorcycles for convenience as they are the fastest way of getting around roads congested with traffic. Motorcyclists also feel that riding their motorcycle is more exciting and exhilarating than driving a car, so motorcycles and mopeds are becoming more and more popular.
As mentioned above, there are many positive points to being a motorcycle rider; however, there are many dangers that come with riding a motorcycle, including the risk of an accident.
Motorcycle accident compensation claims are a very common type of road traffic accident claim. Motorcycles represent approximately only 1% of the traffic on our roads in the UK, but they account for 18% of all deaths and serious injuries. Motorcyclists are 40 times more likely to be killed in an accident than a car driver.
Motorcycle accidents are so common as many road users do not pay enough attention when driving and often do not see motorcyclists when pulling out of junctions, or switching lanes. Injuries caused as a result of a motorcycle accident can be severe and can have a long term impacts on the life of the person injured as a result of a motorbike accident.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a motorbike accident claim for your injuries sustained and any damage to your vehicle.
Common injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident
Motorcycle accidents can lead to a range of injuries, ranging from minor to severe, and in some cases, even fatal. Head injuries are a common injury, with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) being a significant concern. Even riders wearing helmets may experience concussions or more severe brain damage upon impact. Neck and spinal cord injuries are also prevalent, including whiplash and spinal fractures, which can result in paralysis or loss of motor function.
Fractures and dislocations are frequent in motorcycle accidents, affecting limbs, hands, feet, and joints. Road rash, caused by the friction between the skin and the road, can lead to painful abrasions and lacerations. Soft tissue injuries, such as contusions, sprains, and strains, are common and can result from the impact or the body’s interaction with the motorcycle and the road.
Internal injuries are another serious concern, affecting organs like the liver, spleen, and lungs due to the force of the impact. Burns may occur if the motorcycle catches fire, and facial injuries, including fractures and damage to the eyes or jaw, are not uncommon.
Psychological injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can emerge from the emotional trauma of the accident. In severe cases, amputations may be necessary due to the extent of injuries sustained.
How to Avoid Injury on a Motorcycle
If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a motorcycle accident, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of injury in an accident. Wearing the correct protective clothing can make a world of difference if you are involved in a motorcycle accident.
Your first priority should be an approved safety helmet which fits your head properly. If the helmet takes a knock or becomes damaged make sure you replace it with a new one and replace your visor if it becomes scratched.
You should never wear a tinted visor or goggles if you are driving in the dark and you may find that a brightly coloured or white safety helmet helps you to be seen.
CE marked clothing is designed to protect you as much as possible if you fall from your motorcycle or become involved in a motorcycle accident. You should purchase a jacket, trousers and a pair of boots which are reflective in the dark and fluorescent during the day.
I have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident – What Should I do?
As with any road traffic accident, it is a good idea to report the accident to the police. If you are able to, you should obtain the other driver’s insurance details and obtain evidence of the accident through photographs and witness statements. You should also make your insurance company aware of the accident.
IF you have been injured as a result of the accident, you should seek medical attention and obtain treatment for your injuries.
If another driver was to blame for the accident, you should contact a specialist solicitor, such as Beacon Law, to discuss making a claim on a no win, no fee basis.
Motorcycle Accident Claims Process
The first step in making a motorcycle accident injury claim is to get in touch with a specialist firm of solicitors, such as Beacon Law to discuss your potential case in detail.
If we believe your case has sufficient prospects of success, we will offer to take on your case on a no win, no fee basis. This means you will not be required to pay our fees if your case is unsuccessful.
At this point, we will send you some paperwork to fill in and return to us confirming that you agree to our fees and terms. This will also provide you with the opportunity to confirm all details of your accident.
You may be required to send us some photographs and/or medical evidence to support your case. Once we have everything we need from you, we will submit your claim to the defendant and provide them with some time to respond.
The next steps will depend on whether the defendant accepts or denies liability for your accident. If they accept liability, we can proceed to negotiate a settlement based on your injuries and additional losses.
To find out more about making a personal injury claim, take a look at the claims process section on our website.
I’m Not Sure Who Is to Blame For My Motorcycle Accident
To be successful in motorcycle accident claims, it is important to establish that the other party was at fault and that they were to blame for your accident.
Understanding who was at fault during an accident can be difficult, especially if the other party is refusing to accept liability for the accident. If you have had an accident and you are unsure as to who is to blame, Beacon Law will be able to discuss this with you.
Please provide us with all the details of the accident, including any photographs or witness statements obtained, and we will be able to advise you on your prospects of success.
In some cases, both parties may be partially to blame for an accident. In these cases, liability will be split and you may still be able to claim compensation; however, the level of compensation awarded will be lower depending on the percentage of the blame afforded to each party to the claim.
I Have been Hit By an Uninsured or Untraceable Driver – What Should I Do?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident which involved an uninsured driver, or a hit and run driver, you may still be able to make a claim. The process for this will be slightly different as these types of claims will usually be processed through the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB). For more information on these types of claims, have a look at this section on our website.
What Can be Recovered in Motorcycle Accident Personal Injury Claims?
Compensation for a motorcycle accident are split into two types of claim – general damages and special damages.
General damages refer to the compensation awarded for pain, suffering, and loss of amenity due to your injuries.
Special damages refer to any additional losses. These losses can include damage to your vehicle, loss of earnings, medical costs, travel expenses, as well as compensation for additional care required at home as a result of your injuries.
You should ensure that you keep all receipts and invoices for your additional losses as these will be required to prove your loss.
Motorcycle Accident Claim Amounts
The amount of compensation awarded due to a personal injury claim will depend on the severity of your injuries. Lower levels of compensation will be awarded for non-serious injuries which do not last for a long period of time.
The most serious injuries which are permanent, or last for a very long time will receive maximum compensation. As many injuries are complex, especially those which are ongoing, it may be necessary to obtain a medical evaluation of your injuries before we can make an estimation on the value of your injuries.
There are many law firms providing compensation calculators online; however, these may not always be accurate and may give unrealistic expectations as to how much a person’s claim is worth. Each claim is different and the level of compensation awarded will vary based on many different factors.
When valuing your injuries, we use recent case law, as well as guidelines set out by the Judicial College. We will then negotiate a settlement with the other side to ensure you receive as much compensation as possible.
In some circumstances, an interim payment for part of your damages may be requested by your solicitor before your case has been concluded. The defendant will usually agree to an interim payment if they have accepted liability for your accident.
Time Limits for Making a Motorcycle Accident Personal Injury Claim
As with all personal injury claims, motorcycle accident claims will become statute barred if a claim is not brought to the Court’s attention within three years of the accident date. If the claimant was under the age of 18, they will have until their 21st birthday to make a claim to the Court.
The time limits may be extended in very specific circumstances; however, this is very rare. For this reason, we would recommend that you initiate your motorcycle accident personal injury claim as soon as possible to avoid your claim becoming statute barred.
Why Choose Beacon Law to Assist With Your Motorcycle Accident Claims?
Beacon Law are a specialist firm of personal injury solicitors with lots of experience in dealing with Road Traffic and Motorcycle Accident Claims. We can provide you with specialist legal advice on making a motorcycle accident claim and guide you through the process, whilst negotiating the best settlement of your claim.
We provide a high level of service to all our clients and work hard to ensure you receive the highest level of compensation for your injuries and damage to your vehicle.
Beacon Law is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. To find out about our no win, no fee motorcycle accident claim funding and legal fees, have a look at the funding section on our website. All other information can be found on our frequently asked questions section.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, then please call our accident solicitors today on 0330 1332 857 to start your claim, or complete our contact form at the top of the page to start your claim online and a member of our personal injury team will give you a call back.