Motorcycle Accident Claims
Motorcycle accidents can be particularly damaging, often leaving victims with injuries that have a lasting impact on their quality of life. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, having the right legal representation will mean that you secure the compensation you are entitled to.
At Barcan+Kirby, our expert motorbike accident solicitors have many years of experience in bringing compensation claims, including in complex and high-value cases. We know how daunting it can be to start a claim and we will make sure that you have our support throughout.
Our personal injury lawyers routinely take on the legal teams of large insurers and we have a proven track record of success in obtaining substantial sums in damages. We know how important it is to fight for the best possible payment to compensate you. This includes compensation for future losses, for example, if you have sustained extensive injuries and are no longer able to work or your capacity to work is reduced.
We offer no win, no fee motorbike accident claims so that you can bring your case with no financial risk and no immediate out-of-pocket expenses.
Our personal injury solicitors work with clients all over the UK from our offices spread across Bristol and the surrounding area in Bedminster, Bishopston, Bristol city centre, Kingswood and Thornbury.
Making a motorcycle accident compensation claim
If you have been injured while riding a motorcycle and the accident was not your fault, or not wholly your fault, you may be entitled to receive compensation. If you ring to speak to one of our motorbike accident lawyers, we will go through what has happened with you and discuss the options open to you for bringing a claim.
We know that you are likely to have many questions about the claims process, such as the time it will take to secure compensation and the amount you might receive. We will be happy to answer these and discuss the first steps in making a claim.
We are robust negotiators and our team is often able to agree on substantial sums in compensation without the need to go to court.
For more information, see our motorbike accident compensation FAQs below.
Why choose Barcan+Kirby as your motorbike accident solicitors?
We have an excellent reputation for providing both legal expertise and an exceptional level of service and support to our clients. As well as securing compensation, we will also assist you in accessing any specialist treatment and rehabilitation you need to help your recovery.
Having a lawyer with a high level of legal knowledge and experience is particularly important in serious accident claims. The compensation you are awarded will be calculated to provide for you for the rest of your life, so it is crucial to achieve the best possible outcome.
Our team have the experience necessary to ensure that you secure full compensation for all of your accident-related financial losses, such as loss of earnings now and in the future, as well as for the pain and suffering and loss of amenity you are enduring.
Our personal injury lawyers are acknowledged by leading legal directory, Chambers and Partners, for their legal excellence, with a band 3 ranking for personal injury work. We also hold a tier 3 ranking for the South West by Legal 500.
We deal with motorcycle accident compensation claims for clients across the UK from our offices in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Our expertise includes complex cases involving amputations, traumatic brain damage and fatal 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. Our team is also included in the Headway Head Injury Solicitors Directory.
Motorcycle accident claims FAQs
The first step in making a motorcycle accident personal injury claim is speaking to a solicitor. We offer an initial no-obligation consultation so that you can talk to us about the accident and ask us any questions you may have.
If you then choose to instruct us to represent you, we will start work on your case straight away. It is always a good idea to speak to a solicitor as soon as you can, so that evidence can be gathered while the incident is still fresh in everyone’s memories.
We will also discuss funding with you during our initial conversation. Most of our clients choose to make a no win, no fee motorbike claim, also referred to as a conditional fee agreement. This means that you can start your claim without having to make any upfront payment. If you are interested in this option, we will go through the details with you and explain how it works.
Another alternative is legal expenses insurance. This may be included with your home or motor insurance policy. If it is, you have the right to use the solicitor of your choice and should not have to use a law firm not selected by you.
For more information, see funding your personal injury claim.
The next step is for us to conduct an investigation into what has happened. We will gather evidence, such as CCTV footage, witness statements, police reports and expert accident site analysis.
We will also arrange for you to be examined by medical experts who will be able to prepare reports in respect to your injuries and the potential impact they will have on your life.
We will advise the other side that you are making a claim. If they admit liability, we will obtain the necessary evidence and then negotiate to try and agree on a sum in compensation. If they deny liability or they are not prepared to offer sufficient by way of damages, we will prepare a strong case for court, where you will be represented by an expert personal injury barrister. We know that this may seem daunting and we will make sure that you are thoroughly prepared and that we are by your side to support you throughout.
We also provide advice on managing a substantial compensation payment. It is often advantageous to place money into a personal injury trust fund. This usually means that it will not be taken into account if you are assessed for any means-tested benefits.
The trust can be set up so that you receive a monthly income payment. You will also be able to use the funds to pay for any additional needs you have, such as specialist equipment or adapting your home.
For more information, see personal injury trusts.
You usually have three years from the date of the accident in which to start your claim. If you were not aware of the injuries at the time, then the three-year period will start from when you should reasonably have known about them.
If you were under 18 at the time of the claim, then you have three years from the date of your 18th birthday.
If someone died following a motorcycle accident, then their estate has three years from the date of their death to start a fatal accident claim.
If you have sustained an injury as a result of a motorcycle accident that was the fault of another road user, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. As part of your case, we will put together evidence that the other road user was at fault and/or acted negligently.
It may also be the case that your accident occurred because the road was not safe, for example, it was in poor condition or road signs or markings were obscured. In this case, we may be able to make a claim against the local authority (Highway Authority) as they are responsible for maintaining the road surface, road markings, adequate lighting and road signs.
Yes. Even if the person who caused your accident was not insured, you may still be entitled to be paid compensation for your injuries and financial losses. The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) exists to help those who have been in an accident with an uninsured vehicle.
If compulsory motor insurance should have been in place and the accident did not occur on private land, the MIB has an obligation to deal with the claim and pay compensation.
The MIB also covers accidents where the driver is untraced, generally referred to as a hit-and-run accident.
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.
Useful information about personal injury claims
- Funding your claim
- Compensation trusts
- Changing your solicitor
- Case study: £385K for motorcyclist’s crush injuries after collision with van
- Case study: brain injury following motorbike accident