Have you suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence in a road traffic accident? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. This article will explore how much compensation for a motorcycle accident you could be owed.
Before reading this guide, you may have some questions like:
- What is the most common injury in a motorcycle accident?
- Can I sue after a motorcycle accident?
- How much compensation will I get for a motorcycle accident in the UK?
In this article, we will answer your questions to inform you as much as possible about how much compensation for a motorcycle accident you may be able to claim. Making a personal injury claim can compensate you for the pain and suffering you’ve endured due to someone else’s negligence.
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- How Do I Prove I Have A Valid Claim?
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A motorcycle accident occurs when a motorcycle crashes into another road user, road defect, or debris. This can be extremely dangerous and cause catastrophic injuries for anyone involved.
The Road Traffic Act 1988 states that all road users must adhere to the rules of the road to keep everyone safe. They should use the roads with standard care and skill. If a road user breaks these rules and causes an accident, this is called negligence.
An example could be if someone is recklessly driving under the influence and causes a car accident. The accident was caused by their negligence and they may be liable to have a compensation claim made against them.
In order to make a claim, someone must have been at fault and negligent. However, partial liability claims mean that a claim can also be made if both parties are at fault. The compensation awarded will be split into a percentage according to who was most at fault.
For example, if Driver A was 75% at fault and Driver B was 25% at fault, Driver A will receive 25% of the compensation and Driver B will receive 75%. If both parties were equally responsible, the compensation will be split equally and they will both receive 50%.
The graph below includes statistics taken from the Department for Transport showing the reported road casualties in Great Britain in 2020. As evidenced, motorcyclists are amongst the more vulnerable road users.
In fact, in 2020, there were 285 motorcyclist fatalities reported in Great Britain. In 2019, before any pandemic lockdowns, there were 336.
Here are some causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Changing lanes. When changing lanes, a vehicle may not see a motorcycle in the other lane if they don’t check their mirrors properly. This may mean that the vehicle crashes into the side of the motorcycle and injures the rider.
- Reckless and dangerous driving. If someone rides a motorcycle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they could cause a crash and sustain injuries.
- Speeding. This can cause motorcycle accidents as the rider may not give themself enough time to slow down at red lights or they may crash into the back of a vehicle in front.
- Loss of control. If another vehicle or a motorcyclist loses control of their vehicle, they could crash into a pedestrian or vehicle.
If you’d like to discuss how much compensation for a motorcycle accident you may be able to claim, you can talk with our team of advisers today. They’d be happy to have a chat about your case and assess the compensation amount you could be entitled to.
There are multiple types of injuries you could suffer from a motorcycle accident, such as:
- Leg fractures. If you fall off your motorcycle and land on your leg, you could suffer a broken leg injury. This could also occur if you fall underneath your motorcycle and trap your leg.
- Broken wrist. This could occur if you fall off your motorcycle and land on your wrist.
- Brain damage. You could suffer a brain injury if you’re in a head-on collision. This could cause you to hit your head on the vehicle in front and suffer a brain injury.
- Rib injury. A high-impact crash could cause you to hit your ribs against the front of your motorcycle. This could then crush your ribs and cause you to sustain a rib fracture.
Would you like to discuss how much compensation for a motorcycle injury you could receive? Our friendly team of advisers can look at this with you and offer you some legal advice for free. If you have a valid claim, they can connect you to a personal injury solicitor from our panel.
In order to make a road traffic accident claim, the defendant must have been negligent. This negligence must have then caused you to sustain an injury. There are ways you can prove this negligence, such as by providing sufficient evidence to support your claim.
Here are some examples of evidence you could gather:
- Witness contact details. You can gather contact details for witness statements at a later date. This can include information about how the accident happened.
- CCTV footage. This can provide a video of the crash and show exactly what happened and who caused it.
- Medical records. You can provide medical records to support your claim. This can help show your diagnosis, what treatment you’re undergoing and how severe your injury is.
Once you’ve gathered this evidence, you can contact our team of advisers to discuss making a personal injury claim. If you have a legitimate claim, they can connect you to a personal injury solicitor from our panel to start working on your claim.
The time limit for a personal injury claim tends to be three years. That equates to three years from the exact date you sustained the injury or three years from when the injury is linked to the accident.
However, if you’re younger than 18, the three years begin on your 18th birthday. Otherwise, someone you trust can become a litigation friend to make the claim on your behalf.
Similarly, if you lack the mental capacity to claim, the time limit begins when your recovery starts. Alternatively, before this, a litigation friend could claim on your behalf.
Some guides include a personal injury claims calculator, but we’ve instead included a compensation table to include multiple injuries. The figures in the table show how much compensation these injuries may be awarded.
The below figures are taken from the latest Judicial College Guidelines and may vary. Solicitors use these guidelines to help them when valuing injuries.
|Brain Damage||Very Severe Brain Damage||Basic commands can be followed and there’s a return of eye movement. However, unable to respond to the environment and nursing care is needed full-time.||£264,650 to £379,100|
|Brain Damage||Moderately Severe Brain Damage||Serious disablement resulting in the person becoming dependent on other people.||£205,580 to £264,650|
|Ankle Injuries||Very Severe||Ankle transmalleolar fracture and soft-tissue damage that causes deformity.||£46,980 to £65,420|
|Ankle Injuries||Moderate||Fractures and ligament damage that make it hard to walk on uneven ground.||£12,900 to £24,950|
|Arm Injuries||Severe||The arm isn’t amputated but is little better off than if it had been.||£90,250 to £122,860|
|Arm Injuries||Injuries Resulting in Permanent and Substantial Disablement||One or both arms are seriously fractured causing disability.||£36,770 to £56,180|
|Mental Anguish||Fear of impending death/reduction in expectation of life||Scared of impending death.||£4,380|
The above figures show the general damages that each injury could be worth. General damages compensate for the physical and psychological effects the injury has had on you. For example, you may have suffered mental anguish due to the accident.
The compensation you could receive depends on different factors, such as the severity of the injury and how long treatment lasts.
To prove general damages, you’d attend a medical assessment as part of the claims process. If you use the services of our panel of solicitors, they’d do their best to arrange an appointment locally for you.
An independent medical professional would assess your injuries and create a report. The purpose of the report is to:
- Show the severity of your injuries.
- Show whether your injuries were caused or worsened by (or not linked to) the incident.
Most personal injury claims include general and special damages.
Special damages compensate for the financial impact the injury has had on you. For example, you may have lost earnings due to staying off work to heal from your injury. You’d need to prove these financial losses. For example, you could use receipts, banks statements and invoices.
A No Win No Fee agreement is also sometimes referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement. It’s a signed contract between you and your lawyer stating the rules your lawyer must follow in order to receive payment.
If your claim loses, you won’t pay your solicitor’s fees. If you win your claim, your lawyer will take a small percentage of your compensation. This ‘success fee’ is legally capped. Your solicitor discusses this fee with you before you agree to use their services.
You can contact our team of advisers to talk about your case. If your claim is valid, you can be connected to a personal injury lawyer from our panel to look at how much compensation for a motorcycle accident you may be owed.
You can contact our team of advisers via:
- A phone call on 0800 408 7825 to receive free legal advice.
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- Our online contact form to receive a reply at your earliest availability.
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Public Transport Accidents – Have you suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence in a public transport accident? Our article includes useful guidance.
How Do I Know If I’ve Broken A Bone? – If you suspect you may have suffered a broken bone injury, this NHS page can help you.
Head Injury and Concussion – This NHS article has helpful guidance about head injuries.
We also have some other guides you may find useful:
- Public accident claims hot spots
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- How to make a public liability claim
- Making a claim against the council
- Claiming for a pothole injury
- Making a claim against a shop
- Accidents in a public park
- Cycling accident claims
- Claiming for injuries suffered while shopping
Thank you for reading our article about how much compensation for a motorcycle accident you could be entitled to.
Article by OA