Motorcycle Accident Compensation Claims

Motorcyclists are much more likely than other motorists to suffer serious injuries during an accident. If you have been injured in a motorbike accident, you may be left with a range of complex needs and ongoing costs, including paying for treatment and dealing with lost income. Claiming compensation is often the only way to meet those costs and get the help you need to get your life back on track.

Motorcycle accident claims can be complex and may be fiercely defended, especially due to the high value of compensation involved. Using our experience with these types of challenging claims, our specialist motorbike accident solicitors can give you the best chance of securing fair damages for your injuries, usually without the need for court proceedings.

Our personal injury solicitors work with clients all over the UK from our six offices spread across Bristol and the surrounding area in Bedminster, Bishopston, CliftonKingswood, Queen Square and Thornbury.

Our lawyers have an exceptional track record of success. We offer a combination of clear legal guidance, strong representation and compassionate personal support for you and your loved ones. You will have the support of a senior member of our team through every stage of the claims process. We ensure that you always know who to turn to with a question or for an update.

We offer no win, no fee motorbike accident claims, so there is normally no upfront cost to starting a claim. This ensures our legal expertise is available to everyone who needs it and that there is no financial risk to you in pursuing compensation for your injuries.

Arrange a no win, no fee consultation with our motorcycle accident solicitors

The idea of claiming compensation after an accident can be confusing and intimidating. We offer a no win, no fee consultation with a member of our personal injury team to discuss your legal position and next steps.

To talk to us about a potential motorbike accident claim, call 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.

Our motorbike accident claims expertise

Your claim is in safe hands with our experienced team. Our solicitors have secured settlements for clients dealing with both minor and serious motorcycling injuries. We regularly secure substantial compensation for motorcyclists who have been injured in an accident, as well as for the families of those who have been killed in motorcycle accidents.

Case study | Six-figure settlement for brain injury in motorcycle accident

Your long-term quality of life is at the heart of the service we offer. As well as helping you to win compensation for your motorbike accident, we can also assist you with accessing any specialist treatment and rehabilitation you need to make the best possible recovery from your injuries.

Our personal injury solicitors are Business Members of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and are listed in their guide to choosing a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor. We are also included in the Headway Head Injury Solicitors Directory.

We have achieved recognition as leading personal injury lawyers from the top client guides to the legal profession. We are band 3 ranked by Chambers and Partners UK for Bristol and the surrounding area, and tier 3 ranked for the South West by the Legal 500.

Our motorcycle accident claims service

Starting a claim for a motorbike accident

You probably have lots of questions and you may have never dealt with a lawyer before, let alone tried to claim compensation. To demystify the process and help put you at ease, we offer a no-obligation initial consultation to move forward with a claim afterwards. This is your chance to explain your situation and ask any questions you have.

Our friendly team will be happy to talk you through the whole claims process. We will also discuss how you can fund your claim with a no win, no fee deal.

No win, no fee motorbike accident claims

Most of our clients fund their personal injury claims using a ‘conditional fee agreement’ (a ‘no win, no fee’ deal). This allows you to start a claim without having to pay anything towards our fees upfront. Legal fees are only payable if we win compensation for you. You may still be liable for some expenses if you do not win, however.

Other options for covering the cost of a motorcycle accident claim include legal expenses insurance. This is sometimes offered as an optional extra with motor insurance and home insurance policies.

Read more about ways to fund a personal injury claim.

Investigating your claim

Being injured in a motorcycle accident does not automatically entitle you to claim compensation. To be eligible to claim, we need to be able to show that someone else was responsible for your accident and that this resulted in your injuries.

The responsible party could be another road user or an organisation such as your local council. For example, an accident caused by a dangerous stretch of road where the council failed in their responsibility to keep the roads safe.

Establishing that someone else caused your accident will rely on various types of evidence. This can potentially include CCTV, witness reports and expert accident site analysis. We will also require input from medical professionals and other experts. This is to show the extent of your injuries and the impact on your life and your family’s lives.

What are the time limits for motorcycle accident claims?

You normally have three years from the date of your accident to claim compensation for injuries. However, under certain circumstances, you may have additional time in which to claim.

If the injured party is under 18, the claimant can then bring their claim up until their 21st birthday.

Sometimes you need to claim for someone who does not have the mental capacity to pursue compensation, e.g. due to a serious brain injury sustained during a motorbike crash. There is potentially no time limit for someone else to make a claim for them. However, this will need to be carefully assessed with a specialist personal injury lawyer.

If a loved one died in a motorbike accident, you will normally have three years from their date of death to make a claim on behalf of their dependants.

Can I claim for a hit and run motorbike accident?

If you have been in a motorbike accident where the driver of another vehicle fled the scene or left insufficient details to trace their identity, you may still be able to claim compensation. This also applies to accidents caused by an uninsured driver.

Our personal injury solicitors can help you make a claim to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). They are responsible for paying compensation to people injured in accidents caused by unidentified or uninsured motorists.

We will be happy to assess your claim and advise on whether you are likely to be eligible to claim. Our team will then guide you through the entire claims process, meaning you can get the compensation you need as quickly as possible.

Out-of-court settlements for motorcyclist injury claims

Claims valued between £1,000 – £25,000 can usually be settled out of court using the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents. This is a government-backed process that intends to make it easier, faster and less costly for claimants and defendants to agree on fair compensation voluntarily.

For claims worth in excess of £25,000, we are still normally able to secure an out-of-court settlement thanks to our strong skills in negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). We have previously been able to agree on six-figure sums in compensation through such methods for serious motorbike injury claims.

Court proceedings for motorcycle accident claims

For rare cases where court proceedings are necessary, we will ensure you have the very best legal advice and representation. Our solicitors will also provide close personal support through every stage of the court process.

We combine our strong in-house expertise and long-standing relationships with specialist personal injury barristers to make sure your case is handled effectively at all times. We will help you to get fair compensation as quickly as possible.

Managing compensation for a motorbike accident

Our help doesn’t end with securing you compensation. To ensure you get the most out of the funds you receive and your needs are met long-term, we can also help to make sure your compensation is managed effectively.

An important point to consider is where to put your compensation. As the amount you receive will often be significant, it can affect your entitlement to any mean-tests benefits that you rely on or may need to rely on in future.

Our motorcycle accident claims solicitors can assist you with creating a personal injury trust fund to hold your compensation. You can receive a monthly income from the funds or use them to cover any costs resulting from your injuries. Money held in a personal injury trust will not be counted for benefits means-testing, ensuring you do not lose out.

Find out more about personal injury trusts.

Motorcycling accident claims FAQs

This is, of course, an important question and there is no simple answer as it will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The seriousness of your injuries
  • The impact of your injuries on your life
  • Any specific costs you have incurred due to your injuries
  • Any expected future costs you are likely to incur
  • Loss of amenity, i.e. activities you are no longer able to carry out due to your injuries
  • Your pain and suffering

As part of the claims process, we will aim to give you a realistic indication of how much compensation you may be entitled to as soon as we can.

After a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, it is recommended that helmets are replaced if they took an impact, even if they are not visibly damaged.

As a result, if you are involved in an incident, you will be compensated for the value of the items damaged. This can be claimed as a separate financial loss on top of any compensation for injuries.

Claims dealt with through the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents can often be resolved between 12 to 18 months. However, should court proceedings be required, your claim could take much longer.

For serious and complex cases, it may take several years to secure compensation. A key point to remember is that cases settled out-of-court can generally be dealt with much faster than where court proceedings are needed.

Yes, if a friend or loved one was injured in a motorbike accident and does not have the mental capacity to make a compensation claim themselves, you may be able to claim for them by acting as their ‘litigation friend’.

As a litigation friend, you will be empowered to make decisions about the claim on behalf of the injured party and to attend court proceedings for them if required.

To become a litigation friend, you will need to apply to a court for permission. If you are already acting as a Court of Protection deputy for the injured party, getting permission to act as a litigation friend is usually straightforward.

If you were a dependant of the deceased or represent their dependants, you may be able to claim on behalf of their estate. Whether you can do so and how much you can claim will depend on the circumstances, so you should seek specialist legal advice as soon as possible.

Compensation for a fatal motorcycle accident may include:

  • Replacing lost income
  • Funeral expenses
  • A bereavement award
  • Compensation for your pain and suffering

You will generally have three years from the date of death to pursue a claim.

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are all too common on UK roads.

Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable, as they are not protected by a vehicle body or seatbelt in the way that car users are. They are also often missed or not seen by other road users. In fact, between 2015 and 2020, the most common contributory factor in serious or fatal motorbike accidents with another vehicle was ‘driver or rider failed to look properly’.

Common causes of accidents involving motorcycles include:

  • Drivers of other road vehicles failing to look;
  • Blind spots;
  • Road conditions, e.g. heavy rain or ice;
  • ‘Dooring’; and
  • Misjudging speed.

Contact our specialist motorbike accident solicitors

Our personal injury solicitors work with clients across the UK from our six offices in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. To discuss a potential motorcycle accident claim with a member of our specialist team, call us on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.

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