Advice On Motorcycle Accident Claims

If you have been injured while using the roads as a motorcyclist, your injuries could impact your daily life and cause you to suffer financial losses. Within this guide, we explain when motorcycle accident claims could be made if you were injured in a road traffic accident that was not your fault.

We start by looking at the duty of care that all road users owe each other and when you could make a personal injury claim if this duty is breached. Additionally, we provide some examples of accidents that may occur if this duty of care were to be breached.

Following this, we share what evidence could help support your case. We also explain the different heads of loss you may be awarded as part of your motorbike injury compensation settlement.

We conclude this guide by discussing how one of the motorbike accident solicitors on our panel could help you claim compensation on a No Win No Fee basis.

If you have any questions regarding the motorbike accident claims process, or would like to discuss your specific circumstances, you can contact our advisors:

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  1. What Are Motorcycle Accident Claims?
  2. How Could A Motorbike Accident Happen?
  3. What Evidence Could Support Motorcycle Accident Claims?
  4. How Much Compensation For A Motorcycle Accident?
  5. Can I Make A No Win No Fee Motorbike Accident Claim?
  6. Learn More About Claiming For Road Traffic Accidents
  7. FAQs About Motorcycle Accident Claims

What Are Motorcycle Accident Claims?

Anyone who uses the roads as a driver, cyclist, pedestrian, or motorcyclist must do so safely and responsibly to avoid causing damage or injury to themselves or others. This is their duty of care. Additionally, they must adhere to the regulations and rules set out in the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code as part of their duty of care.

All motorcycle accident claims need to meet the personal injury claiming criteria in order to be considered eligible. The criteria are:

  1. A road user must have owed you a duty of care.
  2. They breached this duty. For example, they failed to stop at a red light.
  3. You suffered an injury due to this breach.

To see whether you may have a valid motorcycle accident claim you can contact one of our friendly advisors.

How Could A Motorbike Accident Happen?

Some examples of how a motorcycle accident may occur include:

  • A drunk driver is driving in the wrong direction down a one-way street. This results in a head-on collision, causing you to fall off your motorbike and suffer multiple injuries, including a broken forearm and back injury.
  • A lorry driver fails to ensure that a junction is clear before they pull out. This results in them hitting you while on your motorcycle, and you suffer a leg injury.
  • A taxi driver is speeding. You are waiting at a red traffic light, and the taxi crashes into the back of your motorcycle due to them being unable to come to a safe stop in time. This causes you to fall off your motorbike and suffer a shoulder injury.

These are only a few examples of accidents that could potentially lead to motorcycle accident claims.

How Often Do Motorcycle Accidents Occur?

The Department for Transport provides estimated statistics for reported road traffic accidents in Great Britain. In the year ending June 2023, they state there was an estimated 1,633 fatalities, 29,429 killed or seriously injured and 133,443 casualties of all severities. This covers all road users.

The graph below highlights the number of fatalities and casualties of all severities suffered by motorcyclists in the years ending June 2022 and June 2023.

A graph highlighting reported motorcycle accidents in Great Britain.

As you can see in the graph above, motorcycle fatalities dropped by 9% between 2022 and 2023, and motorcycle casualties of all severities dropped by 2%.

If you have any questions regarding personal injury claims being made for motorbike accidents, you can contact our advisors.

What Evidence Could Support Motorcycle Accident Claims?

An important step in the personal injury claims process is collecting evidence. Gathering the correct and sufficient evidence could help prove liability and reveal the extent of your injuries.

Some examples of evidence that could be used to support motorcycle accident claims include:

  • Dashcam and CCTV footage from a traffic camera.
  • Medical records that detail the injuries suffered and the treatment received.
  • Photos of the accident site and your visible injuries.
  • Eyewitness contact information. This is so that a statement can be collected from them at a later date.
  • A police reference number, if they were called to the scene of the accident.

One of the advantages of working with a solicitor is that they can help you with collecting evidence. To see if one of the personal injury solicitors on our panel could help you with your case, you can contact our advisors.

A motorcyclist laying on the ground next to their motorbike following an accident.

How Much Compensation For A Motorcycle Accident?

Compensation in successful motorcycle accident claims can be formed of two heads of loss known as general and special damages. General damages compensate for the pain and suffering your physical or psychological injury has caused you.

When calculating your general damages payout, those responsible could refer to your medical evidence as well as the Judicial College guidelines (JCG). This document lists compensation guidelines for a wide variety of injuries.

We have used some of these guidelines within the table below, aside from the first entry. Please only use this table as a guide. How much compensation you could be entitled to receive will depend on the circumstances of your case.

Compensation Guidelines

InjurySeverityCompensation Guidelines
Multiple Types of Injury with Special DamagesSevere Up to £1,000,000+
Head(a) Very Severe £344,150 to £493,000
Chest (a) Serious £122,850 to £183,190
Back (a) Severe (i)£111,150 to £196,450
Arm (a) Severe£117,360 to £159,770
Knee(a) Severe (i) £85,100 to £117,410
Leg Severe (b) (ii) Very Serious£66,920 to £109,290
Pelvis (b) Moderate (i) £32,450 to £47,810
Neck(b) Moderate (i) £30,500 to £46,970

Alongside general damages, you may also be awarded compensation for any of the financial losses your injuries caused you to experience. These will be compensated under the secondary head of loss known as special damages.

When claiming for special damages, evidence will need to be presented of these financial losses. Some examples of the costs you could claim for and the evidence you could present to prove them include:

  • Payslips that prove a loss of earnings.
  • Invoices of any medical costs, such as physiotherapy costs.
  • Tickets and receipts for travel expenses to essential medical appointments.

Can I Reclaim The Value Of My Motorbike?

If your motorcycle was damaged in the accident, you may also be able to claim for the costs of this damage under special damages. However, you must have been injured in this accident and have a valid personal injury claim to receive this cost under special damages.

If no injury was suffered, but your motorcycle was damaged, you would need to make a different type of claim to receive compensation for this damage.

To discuss your potential personal injury compensation claim today, you can contact a member of our advisory team.

Can I Make A No Win No Fee Motorbike Accident Claim?

If you call our dedicated advisors they can offer a free eligibility check on your case. The team can then refer claims with a strong chance of success to a solicitor on our panel. The solicitors on our panel have immense experience working on various types of motorcycle accident claims. Additionally, they can offer their services through a version of a No Win No Fee contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

Typically, when claiming under a CFA, some of the advantages include:

  • No fees for the solicitor’s services are required upfront.
  • Fees for ongoing solicitors services are not required.
  • Claims that are unsuccessful require no solicitors fees to be paid at all for completed services.
  • A success fee applies in cases that have a successful outcome. The amount is a legally restricted percentage deducted from the compensation awarded to you.

To learn more about how a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel could help you with your claim, you can contact one of our friendly advisors. Our team can also offer you personalised advice for your case:

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Learn More About Claiming For Road Traffic Accidents

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FAQs About Motorcycle Accident Claims

Is There A Time Limit For Motorcycle Accident Claims?

Generally, you will have 3 years from the date of your accident to begin a personal injury claim, as stated in the Limitation Act 1980.

Exceptions apply to those under 18 and claimants who lack the mental capacity to start a claim themselves, and time limits are paused. You can contact our team to learn about these exceptions.

How Long Will It Take To Get My Motorcycle Accident Compensation?

There is no exact time frame for personal injury compensation claims, and each can vary according to the circumstances and factors. Speed of communication and whether the other party disputes liability are just two ways a claim can take longer. Regardless of how long your claim will take, a solicitor from our panel could help guide you through this process.

Thanks for reading our motorcycle accident claims guide. If you would like to discuss your particular case, you can contact our advisors.