Motorbike Accident Compensation Claims
Motorbike accidents are incredibly common on British roads. They are found to be among the most serious traffic-related accidents, with victims more susceptible to injury than other road users.
We know that the aftermath of motorbike accidents can be devastating, whether you’re dealing with pain, fighting to recover from injury or struggling financially through a loss of earnings.
If you, or a loved one, have been involved in an accident on a motorbike that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to seek a motorbike accident injury claim for the damage you have suffered as a result. You could also be entitled to claim for losses and financial problems that have occurred because of your accident.
At Hodge Jones & Allen, we specialise in helping those who have suffered serious injuries and have successfully dealt with a variety of motorbike accident claims. We work as a team to make sure our clients’ needs are addressed and empathise with the strains and struggles presented, no matter what the accident may be.
We are no win, no fee motorbike accident claim solicitors, which means you’ll only have to pay us if your claim is successful.
If you think we can help you, call us on 0808 252 5231 or request a call back today to find out how we can assist with your motorcycle accident claim.
What are the types and causes of motorbike accidents?
According to Statista, 568 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured in a motorbike accident in 2020. There are various types of accident that you may get involved in, which can ultimately shape your motorcycle accident claim process. Our experts are highly experienced in dealing with a variety of motorbike accidents, including:
Dangerous driving injury
Have you been seriously injured as a result of someone else’s dangerous driving? The severity of your injury and the actions of the driver will determine your potential payout.
Motorcyclists are at an increased risk of fatal road accidents. Families affected by the death of a loved one due to a motorbike accident require support as they fight for justice.
Spillage accidents increase the risk of a motorcyclist losing control on the road. Diesel spillage is common and a result of improper use of a fuel tank, suggesting an act of negligence.
Potholes and defective road surfaces pose a huge threat to motorcyclists, especially during tough weather conditions. The UK’s ‘pothole crisis’ is a real issue, with 11% of roads classed as RED (poor overall condition), likely requiring maintenance within the next 12 months.
What are the lasting effects of a motorbike accident?
Our specialist motorcycle accident lawyers have over 40 years’ experience of dealing with the unavoidable and lasting effects of traumatic incidents, recognising that these effects can have a physical and emotional lasting impact.
Serious injuries to motorcyclists involved in collisions can include anything from pelvic fractures and traumatic brain injuries to damage to the spinal cord. Some cases may even involve amputation or paralysis, which can change an individual’s life forever.
The long-term effects and challenges you may face is dependent on the injury sustained, but there are three main categories:
Your body may not be able to function as it once did. Depending on the severity of your motorbike accident, you may require surgery to repair any serious injuries. However, you may still be left with a permanent disability, chronic pain or several challenges that are associated with brain damage.
Those who suffer with permanent damage and life-long disabilities as a result of their accident often deal with depression, anger and mood swings. It’s important to seek professional help during this difficult time, as well as speaking to friends and family members.
The cost of surgeries, hospital stays and rehabilitation is incredibly expensive and you may struggle to afford all of these costs at once. Our experts want to help you get the money you are entitled to, ensuring you don’t face a lifetime of financial struggle for something that wasn’t your fault.
“THANK YOU SO MUCH, YOU HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL AND SO SUPPORTIVE. IT HAS BEEN VERY DIFFICULT BUT I WAS CONFIDENT THAT YOU HAD MY BEST INTEREST AT HEART."
How do I make a motorcycle accident claim?
It’s important to act quickly after your accident if you want to make a claim, as there are time limits attached. In such cases, a claim must be brought forward within three years of the date you suffered an injury or within three years of you being aware that you have suffered an injury.
Before you make a motorbike accident compensation claim, you should:
- Seek medical attention and get help with any injuries you have sustained.
- Write down as much detail as you can remember about the accident, including what happened and who was involved. Keep any names, addresses and contact details of people involved and witnesses
- Get photographic evidence of the scene of the accident, including any registration plates
- Contact the police to file a report, which can help with your claim’s success
To make your claim, call Hodge Jones & Allen for a free consultation, where we will assess your situation.
How do I get motorbike accident compensation?
If you, or a loved one, have suffered from a serious injury, you are entitled to make a motorbike accident compensation claim. Our experts are on hand to support you through the entire legal process.
There are a number of factors to consider when investigating your motorbike accident claim. Sometimes the circumstances of the accident are clear and insurance companies will quickly admit liability and take responsibility for your compensation.
However, if the insurer does not make this admission, we will investigate your claim by gathering various police reports, interviewing eye witnesses, and reviewing all of the evidence from the accident, including CCTV and dashcam footage.
Should a defendant not agree to accept fault for the accident, we will then represent you in court and a judge will decide the outcome of the case.
Our team of specialists have dealt with cases where liability was denied and have experience of fighting for justice to win successful claims. We also obtain the relevant details and evidence of your injuries and financial losses to back up your claim, so you’re guaranteed to be in safe hands.
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How much could I receive from my motorbike accident injury claim?
Each case is different and is treated on an individual basis. There is no specific answer to what motorcycle accident claim amount you will receive.
Your claim is dependent on the severity of your sustained injuries, the time it takes for you to fully recover, the kind of treatment you need, the cost of the treatment and any additional expenses.
Each compensation is made up of two main components:
These are awarded for any injuries you may have as a result of the accident, including physical suffering and long-term effects that may have impacted your quality of life. According to guidelines laid out by the Judicial College, the maximum award for general damages for a motorbike accident is often around £160,980. This is awarded for severe back injury, causing paralysis or loss of motor function.
If you are in a difficult financial position as a result of your accident, you can be awarded compensation for special damages. These include the cost of treatment and any accommodation and travel costs, as well as loss of earnings and other additional expenses.
Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen?
At Hodge Jones & Allen, our team understands how devastating motorbike accidents can be for both the victim and their family. We know the importance of finding the right legal assistance to help in these situations.
Our experienced motorbike accident claim solicitors want to help you win a successful claim. We have years of experience and knowledge within the team so you can get the compensation you deserve.
We are independently recognised as leaders in the field of bike accident claims and have a proven track record of negotiating favourable outcomes for our clients. Here’s what one of them had to say:
“Thank you so much. You have been wonderful and so supportive. It has been very difficult but I was confident that you had my best interest at heart.”
Our services are offered under a conditional fee agreement, known as No Win, No Fee. This means you can get your legal advice as early as possible without having to worry about costly up-front fees.
Our motorcycle accident lawyers have been working tirelessly for over 40 years to get victims the assistance and justice they need. They are accredited by APIL (The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers). They are also members of The Law Society Personal Injury Panel, thanks to their specialist knowledge, high-class service and experience dealing with more serious and complex injuries.
Our professionalism and expertise has led us to be shortlisted or win over 20 major legal awards in the last three years, and we’re proud to be listed in The Times’ Best Law Firms 2022.
We also have hundreds of positive reviews on Trustpilot, where you can read first-hand from our clients why you should choose us to help you with your motorcycle accident claims.
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Motorbike accident claim FAQs
The time it takes for a decision to be made on your claim is dependent on the case. It can be affected by the severity of your injury, how long it takes to gather the relevant evidence and whether your opponent denies liability.
Your motorcycle accident lawyer will do everything they can to make the process as seamless as possible, but sometimes these cases can take years to conclude.
We will be able to provide you with an accurate time frame once all the information and evidence we need has been received.
How long do I have to make a motorbike accident claim?
You will have three years from the date the injury or negligence occurred to make your claim.
However, in some cases and exceptional circumstances, the court may decide to extend the time limit, depending on the individual. For example, a child has three years from their 18th birthday to claim if a parent or guardian doesn’t do it on their behalf beforehand. Or, if someone lacks the mental capacity to claim themselves, someone can do it on their behalf, therefore the time limits can be changed.
Can I make a claim on behalf of someone else?
Yes – there are certain instances where you can make a claim on behalf of someone else, whether that be a child or another family member who has been severely injured from the accident, or who has sadly passed away.
What happens if the defendant denies liability?
You have to prove that the defendant is responsible for your accident in order for your claim to succeed. If the defendant denies liability, your solicitor will carry out a thorough review of your claim to make the relevant next steps and seek out justice for the right party.
What if the medical evidence does not support my claim?
It’s highly unlikely that your claim will succeed if the medico-legal expert struggles to link your injuries to the accident that occurred.
However, the medical evidence you provide will possibly be found to link some of your symptoms, and therefore you will be entitled to compensation for those particular injuries that have been found as a result of your motorbike accident.
How often will I be updated on my claim?
We will always contact you as soon as we hear from your opponent(s) or if we have any crucial updates in the case. We’ll also get in touch if we require information from you in order to progress your claim.
We aim to keep you updated about your claim at least once every four weeks, but if you need to contact us for any reason, your solicitor will be more than happy to answer any questions throughout the entire claim process.
I am partially responsible for the accident – can I still make a motorbike accident claim?
Yes, you can still make a claim despite being partially responsible for the accident. The liability will be split and the blame will be appointed between parties.
For example, you may be held 30% responsible for the accident, meaning your compensation will be reduced by this amount. You would then retain 70% of the total amount claimed.
What can I claim under special damages?
Professional care: The severity of your injury may require the claimant to receive additional care from paid carers and professionals. Depending on the level of disability, the claimant could potentially have a team of carers working on a rota basis. Carers who are employed on this basis can often be incredibly expensive, and this part of the claim is usually one of the highest amounts of compensation received.
Accommodation: Individuals who have received severe injuries may have become wheelchair dependent and will need compensation to adapt their home to suit their new requirements. This type of claim is often addressed first if liability is admitted by the defendant. We would seek an interim payment at an early stage if assistance were required.
Physiotherapy: The nature of the sustained injury could require the claimant to undergo physiotherapy. They would be eligible to claim for these costs through the private sector rather than relying on limited availability provided by the NHS.
Loss of earnings: The claimant’s job responsibilities and opportunities may be limited by severe injuries and long-lasting effects of the motorbike accident. In this case, the claimant will be entitled to loss of earnings. In some instances, the court will consider the occupation of the claimant to establish what their likely earnings may have been.
Aids and equipment: A claim can be made for various mobility aids that are required as a result of the injury, such as wheelchairs or other specialist equipment that will aid with day-to-day life. The claimant will be entitled to receive costs for equipment from the private sector.
Private therapies: The psychological and emotional effects from an accident can certainly have an impact on your quality of life. Many people live with depression and anxiety following such an incident. The NHS can often have a long waiting list and limited resources, so the claimant is entitled to receive compensation for private therapy.
Motorbike repairs or replacement costs: Claims for motorbike damage may be covered by your own insurance, however an excess is often payable, which is something that can be recovered from the opponent. Alternatively, a claim can be placed for motorbike damage as part of special damages.
Some claimants may potentially require a specialist vehicle that is adapted to the needs of the individual. We understand the stress that this can cause, so Hodge Jones & Allen include a claim so the vehicle can be replaced regularly over the claimant’s lifetime.