What Should I Do After A Motorcycle Crash?

If you suffered an injury due to a motorcycle crash that was another road user’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Compensation won’t eradicate your pain and suffering, but it can help you manage the after-effects. 

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A guide to claiming after a motorcycle crash

Sustaining an injury because of someone else’s negligence can be frustrating, so our advisers are here to help you figure out your next steps. You may be entitled to make a road traffic accident claim

You can contact our advisers who are available 24 hours a day to offer free legal advice and answer your queries. If you have a valid claim, you can be connected with a road traffic accident lawyer to discuss No Win No Fee with you and begin your claim.

You can reach out to our advisers by:

  • Ringing us on 0800 408 7825 to discuss your situation.
  • Talking to them via our live chatbox to receive an immediate response.
  • Filling in our contact form to receive a callback whenever you’re free.

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  1. Make Sure Everyone At The Scene Of The Motorcycle Crash Is Safe
  2. Get Medical Care
  3. Collect Evidence Of The Motorcycle Crash
  4. Liability For Motorcycle Crashes
  5. How Much Is A Motorcycle Crash Worth?
  6. Do I Need A No Win No Fee Solicitor?

Make Sure Everyone At The Scene Of The Motorcycle Crash Is Safe

The first thing you’re recommended to do after a motorcycle crash is check that you’re well and not injured. If you are injured, you should seek medical attention. If not and you’re able to, you can check that everyone at the accident scene is safe.

Should you need to, ring the relevant authorities and ask them to attend the scene. For example, you should call an ambulance if anyone has suffered injuries. If the accident occurred on private land, you should notify the owners if possible.

Get Medical Care

One of the most important steps after a motorcycle crash is seeking medical attention if you’ve suffered an injury. This means you can receive the correct diagnosis and start your treatment as soon as possible, which will hopefully speed up your recovery time.

Furthermore, you can use your medical record to support your claim later on. This will show the severity of your injury and how long your treatment took. To discuss more about this, you can contact our advisers to have a chat about your case. 

If you have a legitimate claim, they can then connect you to a personal injury lawyer from our panel to start your claims process. They can also chat with you about working on a No Win No Fee basis.

Collect Evidence Of The Motorcycle Crash

It’s important to collect evidence so you can to support your claim. This can help speed up the claims process and allow you to claim to the maximum amount of compensation you’re owed.

This evidence can help to prove:

  • Who was at fault for the accident.
  • How severe your injuries were.
  • How long your treatment took.

Evidence Of The Cause Of The Accident

Here is some evidence you can use to prove what caused the accident and who was at fault:

  • Witness statements – If you collected the contact details of witnesses, they can be contacted for statements during the claims process. 
  • CCTV footage – If you can provide CCTV footage, this can help show the cause of the accident. 

Evidence Of Your Injuries

You will also need to prove what injuries you suffered, how severe they were, and how long your treatment took. Evidence that can help prove your injuries include:

  • Photos of your injuries – You should provide photos of any visible injuries to show how severe they were.
  • Medical records – You can provide this to prove your diagnosis, treatment plan, and recovery length.

You’d attend a personal injury medical appointment during the process. A medical professional (who is independent) would check your injuries and make a report to show:

  • The severity of your injuries; and
  • Whether the injuries are consistent with those that could be caused by the accident.

Your solicitor would use the report to help value your injuries.

Our advisers would be happy to have a chat with you about your claim and talk you through what evidence you may need. If you have a promising claim, they’ll connect you to one of our excellent personal injury lawyers to begin working on your case.

Liability For Motorcycle Crashes

The Road Traffic Act 1988 outlines the rules that certain road users have to follow to keep everyone safe. If a road user breaks this duty of care and causes someone to sustain an injury, they could be seen as the negligent party. 

Examples of negligent driving include:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs: This is illegal as it’s extremely dangerous and can cause a road traffic accident to occur. If someone drove under the influence and caused an injury, they may be liable for damages.
  • Driving over the speed limit: This can cause a motorcycle crash to happen as the driver may not have enough time to slow down and hit the motorcyclist in front.
  • Dangerously switching lanes: You must take care when switching lanes and ensure no vehicle is approaching you. If a driver doesn’t do this, they could cause a motorcycle crash.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team of advisers today to talk with you about how motorcycle injury lawyers could help you. If your claim is valid, they can connect you to an experienced personal injury lawyer from our panel to have a chat with you about working on a No Win No Fee basis.

How Much Is A Motorcycle Crash Worth?

Compensation for motorcycle crash claims is valued on a case-by-case basis. However, there are tools used to calculate injuries.

The below compensation table includes figures from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a publication that solicitors use as an aid when they value claims. It lists various injuries and severities alongside potential compensation awards. 

Injury:Severity:Notes:Compensation:
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderSevereThis prevents you from being able to work or function as you used to in everyday life.£56,180 to £94,470
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderModerately SevereYour chance of recovery is higher than above but you still suffer from the symptoms.£21,730 to £56,180
Psychiatric Damage GenerallySevereRelationships and working life are significantly impacted and the prognosis isn’t good.£51,460 to £108,620
Psychiatric Damage GenerallyModerately SevereSimilar to the above symptoms but with a more positive prognosis. The awarded bracket usually lands in the middle.£17,900 to £51,460
Neck InjuriesSevere (ii)The cervical spine discs are damaged or fractured, resulting in brachial plexus damage or a significant lack of neck movement.£61,710 to £122,860
Neck InjuriesModerate (ii)Wrechning-type injury or soft tissue injury that’s serious and causes cervical spondylosis, limited movement, and pain that’s permanent. £12,900 to £23,460
Brain Moderately Severe DamageSerious disability leading to being dependent on others and constantly needing full-time care.£205,580 to £264,650
Brain Moderate Damage (i)Large risk of developing epilepsy, altered sight, and a change in personality. £140,870 to £205,580
Back InjuriesSevere (ii)Root damage that results in sensation loss, mobility impairment, bladder impairment, and sexual problems.£69,600 to £82,980
Back InjuriesModerate (ii)Muscle and ligament disturbances resulting in back ache or the worsening of existing back issues.£11,730 to £26,050

The figures above represent the amount of compensation you could receive for injuries. However, this figure can vary. To get a solid, free estimate of what you could claim, why not reach out to our advisors?

You may be awarded special damages and general damages depending on what kind of suffering you experienced.

General damages compensate for physical injury as well as psychological damage. For example, if you experienced anxiety or worsened depression as a consequence, you could claim.

Special damages compensate for the financial losses your injuries caused. For instance, you may have lost earnings because of unpaid leave while you recovered. 

Do I Need A No Win No Fee Solicitor?

A No Win No Fee agreement, also called a Conditional Fee Agreement includes the conditions your lawyer must adhere to so they can be given payment. 

There are various benefits to a No Win No Fee agreement. For example, if your claim loses, you don’t have to pay your lawyer’s fee. Alternatively, if you win the claim, your solicitor will deduct a small percentage from your compensation. However, this is capped by law. 

If you’d like to discuss No Win No Fee agreements in more detail, our advisers are available 24 hours a day to offer free legal advice. If you have a valid motorcycle crash claim, you could be connected to a personal injury solicitor from our panel to discuss working with you on a No Win No Fee basis. 

You can reach our advisers through:

  • A phone call on 0800 408 7825 to have a chat about your potential motorcycle crash claim.
  • Our live chatbox, where you can then message an adviser to then receive an instant response.
  • Our online contact form, where you can request a callback whenever you’re free. 

Resources

Car Accident Compensation Claims For Crashes On A Public Road Guide – You can read our guide here to look at how to make a road traffic accident claim for public road crashes.

Public Road Accident Claims Guide – Our guide includes useful information about how to make a public road accident claim.

Public Road Motorcycle Accident Claim – This article explores making a No Win No Fee agreement for a public road motorcycle accident claim.

Fractures – You can learn more about bone fractures in this NHS guide.

Treatment of Fractures – This guide explains treatment for broken bones. 

We hope our guide about claiming after a motorcycle crash has helped. If you have any questions, why not reach out to us? 

Article by OA

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