Motorbike Accident Claims
Our motorbike claims guide is to help victims claim compensation for accidents that were not their fault. Our solicitors are available 7 days a week offering free legal advice.
Riding a motorbike is both exhilarating and practical allowing you to minimise the amount of time you spend in traffic and enabling you to park cheaply and conveniently even in city centres. It does come with risks, however, and every experienced motorcyclist knows someone who has suffered a serious injury as a result of their chosen method of transport.
Despite having a reckless reputation, motorcyclists are some of the most responsible road users, as you are aware of the higher risk you are taking and the personal cost of incorrect decisions. As a motorcyclist, you are likely to suffer more accidents that were not your fault and it is important that you are compensated appropriately for that.
If you have been injured in a motorbike accident that wasn’t your fault, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our motorbike accident claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.
Common Motorbike Accident Injuries
Motorbike accident injuries are often far more severe than those of other road users. Car drivers are protected by the seatbelts, crumple zones and air bags. For a motorcyclist, protective equipment such as helmets and leathers serve to minimise rather than eliminate injuries.
1. Head injuries. Motorcyclists can suffer many different types of head injury following a motorbike accident. A concussion happens when the head moves so fast that the brain ‘bounces’ against the inside of the skull. Concussions can be mild, with just a slight headache, or very serious. They can require time off work and, in rare cases, lead to lasting issues. Contusions are bruises on the brain and haematoma is bleeding in the brain. These are all usually treatable, but can be very painful and debilitating. If you have had a head injury following your motorbike accident, it can be important to make a claim to allow you to be compensated for time you have had to take off work, as well as the pain you have experienced.
2. Spinal injuries. Although less common in car drivers, spinal injuries are still relatively common following motorbike accidents. The worst of these occurs when the neck is fractured, which is why many people are taught not to remove the helmet following a motorbike accident. All spinal injuries need to be taken seriously and should receive prompt medical attention.
3. Crush injuries to limbs. In serious motorbike accidents, the rider may suffer a crush injury as the other vehicle can sometimes fold in upon you. You can also suffer crush injuries to your legs or feet from being pinned beneath particularly heavy motorbikes. Crush injuries are extremely serious and can be life threatening if not treated properly by expert medical staff.
4. Amputation. While exceptionally rare, motorbike accidents are one of the most common causes of amputation in the UK. Amputation is where all or part of a limb is either removed during the course of an accident (this is known as traumatic amputation) or where it must be removed by doctors in an operating theatre during your recovery as it cannot be repaired and may pose a risk to your health. Amputation of part or all of a limb is extremely serious and a deeply distressing situation that requires a lot of work to adapt to. The compensation payments you receive for in a motorbike accident and making a personal injury claim can go some way towards making it easier to get your life back on track following your accident or injury.
5. Abrasions. Abrasions (commonly known as ‘road rash’ by motorcyclists) are a serious injury in motorbike accidents. If your protective gear fails, or if you were not wearing full leathers, clothes, skin and even bone can be ground against the tarmac at high speed. These injuries can require surgery, including skin grafts, and can lead to permanent scarring and loss of function.
More than any other group of road users, motorbike riders are familiar with these risks, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be compensated if your accident wasn’t your fault. If you would like to discuss your motorbike accident and the potential to make a motorbike accident claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online motorbike accident claims form for a free call back.
How Are Motorbike Accident Claims Started?
In order to make a no win no fee personal injury compensation claim, you first need to sign a no win no fee agreement with us. This allows us to act on your behalf. Once we have this, we will:
- Write to the other party notifying them that you are making a motorbike accident claim against them. We will ask them to accept liability (this is the legal term for accepting that they are responsible for what happened) and give them a deadline by which they have to respond. In most cases, the other person will accept that they are to blame.
- If the other party does not accept that they were the cause of the accident or injury that you suffered, we will gather evidence in support of your claim. This could be in the form of witness statements, photographs or police. Once we have gathered this evidence, liability is agreed in almost all cases.
- In the unlikely event that we have to go to court to progress your motorbike accident claim, we will make sure that you are supported and informed throughout. This is essential to giving you the peace of mind you need to concentrate on your recovery while we deal with getting you the compensation you deserve.
- Once liability has been agreed, we will also conduct the negotiations on your behalf. This means that we will be talking to the other party, listening to how much they offer, bringing that offer to you for a decision and putting forward our reasons for why you deserve a higher payment if you decline their offer. Negotiations can leave many of our clients feeling unsure and unsettled, as it can be hard for you to know how much compensation is a fair reflection of the pain, suffering and difficulties you have experienced. Our expert team of personal injury solicitors have years of experience handling these negotiations and will be able to give you the benefit of this experience making sure that you feel sure in your decisions as to whether to accept or reject a compensation offer. Although we will be conducting the negotiations for you, you remain in control of the process at all times. We will inform you of any and all offers of compensation and give you our opinion as to whether we think it is fair or not. Either way, the final decision is yours and we will support you in this.
What If I Can’t Afford A Solicitor To Start My Motorbike Accident Claim?
Making a claim for your injuries following your motorbike accident may have you worried that you might be left with large legal fees. We don’t believe that the depth of your pockets should be a factor in deciding whether or not you get justice for the injuries you have suffered in your motorbike accident. As a result, we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to the majority of our clients, including those involved in making a motorbike accident claim, like you.
Working on a no win no fee basis allows us to act on your behalf without you having to pay anything up front. You can leave it all to us, as we progress your claim and negotiate your compensation. You only have to pay for our services once you have received your compensation. Our fees will be an agreed percentage of that compensation, meaning that you will never be left worse off as a result of having made a claim for the compensation you deserve. We will also make sure that you are aware of the details of our fees in advance of making any decisions, including making it clear to you how much compensation you will receive in the end before you accept an offer. This way, you are in control of the process at all times and there are no unpleasant surprises.
Unfortunately, there are a few cases where we would not be able to offer our services on a no win no fee basis, for example in cases of medical negligence, but if you are in this unfortunate position we will make this clear to you and talk through your options for alternative funding solutions to make sure that you are as protected as possible.
How Much Compensation Will I Get For My Motorbike Accident Claim?
It is impossible to give an accurate estimate of the likely compensation payment for your motorbike accident claim without knowing the full details of your case. This is why our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors take the time to fully understand your unique situation. In more general terms, however, your compensation can be divided into two parts.
The first part of your compensation payment following a successful motorbike accident compensation claim is for the pain and suffering of the injury itself. This will usually be within guidelines published by the Judicial College (a national governing body). These guidelines give broad ranges for the amount of compensation due for different types of injury. The ranges are very broad in order to account for the highly individual nature of injuries and to ensure that the most appropriate sum will be awarded.
This is only the first part of your compensation payment, however. The other aspect that must be taken into consideration is how much it will take to get your life back on track. The purpose of compensation is to help you get as close as possible to the situation you were in before your accident happened. This part of your claim would include any loss of earnings you may have had as a result of your motorbike accident or injury, the loss of future earnings, if you are unable to continue in your previous career as a result of your injuries and any modifications you may require to help you adapt to your new life.
Our years of experience mean that our expert personal injury claims solicitors are able to highlight areas where you are making costly changes to your life that you deserve to be compensated for. This enables to make sure that you receive the full compensation you deserve. If you are thinking of making a no win no fee compensation claim for your motorbike accident, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.