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 set 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 Personal Injury team can give you the best chance of securing fair damages for your injuries, usually without the need for court proceedings.
With 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, ensuring you always know who to turn to with a question or for an update.
We offer no win, no fee motorcycle accident claims, so there is normally no upfront cost to starting a claim with our team. 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 can be confusing and intimidating, so we offer a free consultation with one of our specialist personal injury solicitors to discuss your legal position and next steps.
Our motorbike accident claims expertise
Your claim is in safe hands with our experienced team, who 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 motorbike accidents.
Your long-term quality of life is at the heart of the service we offer, so as well as helping you to win compensation, we can also assist you with accessing any specialist treatment and rehabilitation you need to make the best possible recovery from your injuries.
Our specialist team are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. We’re listed in the Spinal Injuries Association Guide to choosing a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor and are 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, being Band 2 ranked by Chambers and Partners for Bristol and the surrounding area and Tier 4 ranked for the South West by the Legal 500.
Our motorcycle accident claims service
Starting a claim for motorcycle accident compensation
You probably have a lot of questions and it may be that you have never dealt with a lawyer before, let alone tried to claim compensation. To demystify the process and help put you at east, 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, and our friendly team will be happy to talk you through the whole claims process, including covering issues such as 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’, more commonly called a ‘no win, no fee’ deal. This allows you to start a claim without having to pay anything towards our fees upfront and legal fees are only payable if we win compensation for you (you may still be liable for some expenses if you do not win).
Other options for covering the cost of a motorcycle accident claim include legal expenses insurance, which 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 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 e.g. if your accident was 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, potentially including CCTV, witness reports, expert accident site analysis and more. Evidence from medical professionals and other experts will also be required to show the extent of your injuries and the impact on your life and your family’s lives.
Time limits for motorcycling accident claims
You normally have three years from the date of your accident to claim compensation for motorcycle injuries, however, under certain circumstances you may have additional time in which to claim.
If the injured party is under 18 years old the claimant can then bring their claim up until their 21st birthday.
If 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 potentially is no time limit for someone else to make a claim for them although this will need to be carefully assess with a lawyer.
If a loved one died in a motorcycle accident, you will normally have 3 years from their date of death to make a claim on behalf of their dependants.
Hit and run motorbike accident claims
If you have been in a motorbike accident involving the driver of another vehicle who fled the scene or left insufficient details to trace their identify, 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), who 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 you on whether you are likely to be eligible to claim, then guide you through the entire claims process, so 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 is intended to make it easier, faster and less costly for claimants and defendants to agree 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 6-figure sums in compensation through such methods for serious motorbike injury claims, making life much easier for our clients.
Court proceedings for motorcycle accident claims
For those rare cases where court proceedings are necessary, we will ensure you have the very best legal advice and representation, as well as close personal support through every stage of the court process.
Combining our strong in-house expertise and long-standing relationships with specialist personal injury barristers, we can make sure your case is handled effectively at all times, helping you to get fair compensation as quickly as possible.
Managing compensation for a motorbike accident
Our help doesn’t end with securing you compensation. We can also help you with making sure your compensation is managed effectively, so you get the most out of the funds you receive and your needs are met long-term.
An important point to consider if where to put your compensation. Because 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.
We can assist you with creating a personal injury trust fund to hold your compensation. This allows you to receive a monthly income from the funds or use them as and when needed to cover any costs resulting from your injuries. However, any 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.
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.