In this guide, we will explain how motorcycle accident solicitors could help you make a personal injury claim. Road users owe one another a duty of care with regard to their safety and well being. If you sustained an injury due to another road user breaching this duty of care, you might be eligible to seek compensation. An experienced solicitor could assist you through the different stages of the claims process provided you have valid grounds to proceed. Throughout this guide, we discuss the eligibility criteria that you need to meet and how a solicitor could assist you if you are eligible to continue with your case.
In addition to this, we provide an explanation of the evidence needed to support a motorcycle accident claim. We also discuss how compensation payouts are calculated and how they aim to address the different ways you have been affected by your injuries.
The final sections look at how working with a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis could offer several advantages.
For more information, please contact an advisor. They can offer advice and answer your questions for free. To reach them, you can:
- Call an advisor on 0113 460 1216
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If your claim for a personal injury is eligible, you could instruct one of the motorcycle accident solicitors from our panel to help you seek compensation. They can:
- Assist you in gathering relevant evidence.
- Ensure that important documents are sent on your behalf.
- Explain any complicated legal jargon.
- Present your case in full within the relevant time limit.
- Speak with potential witnesses and collect a supporting statement.
- Value your compensation payout.
Additionally, they have experience handling motorcycle accident claims and could offer their services nationwide. This means you don’t need to focus on choosing a local solicitor and can instead concentrate on finding a solicitor who has the expertise necessary to guide you through the claims process.
Find out more about how a solicitor from our panel could assist you by calling the number above.
A duty of care applies to road users whilst on the roads. This means they must adhere to the Road Traffic Act 1988 as well as the rules outlined in the Highway Code. This is to ensure they operate their vehicles and travel the roads in a way that prevents injury to themselves and others.
If another road user, such as a driver, failed to uphold their duty of care, it might have caused you to sustain an injury as a result. For example, a driver may have operated their car whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol. As a result, they crashed into you and knocked you off your bike causing you a serious head injury, back injury and partial paralysis.
However, the essential starting point for a personal injury claim is to show that negligence occurred. Under tort law, these three points define negligence:
- A road user owed you a duty of care.
- They breached this duty.
- You experienced a physical and/or mental injury as a result.
If you have evidence that you meet these three criteria to show negligence occurred, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
How Long After A Road Traffic Accident Can You Claim?
Generally, you will have three years to begin your personal injury claim after a road traffic accident. This is outlined in the Limitation Act 1980. However, exceptions can apply in some circumstances.
If you have any questions about the time limit, please speak to an advisor by calling the number above. They can offer further guidance on the exceptions that could apply to the three-year limitation period, whether you are eligible to pursue compensation for a motorcycle accident, and how motorcycle accident solicitors could help you.
Generally, motorcycle accident compensation payouts can include the following two heads:
- General damages: Compensating for the pain and suffering of the injuries, either physical, mental, or both. When valuing general damages, legal professionals can refer to medical evidence and a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document provides guideline award brackets for various types of injuries.
- Special damages: Compensating for the monetary expenses incurred due to the injuries. For example, if you had to take time off work to recover from the harm you sustained, you could have lost income. If you provide wage slips to prove this loss, you could be awarded compensation under this head to reimburse you.
The following table includes a selection of figures from the JCG. However, as each case is assessed on an individual basis, please use them as a guide only.
Guideline Award Brackets
|Area of Injury||Severity||Notes||Guideline Award Brackets|
|Head||(c) Moderate (i)||Intellectual deficit of a moderate to severe nature and other issues such as change in personality and an impact on sight and speech.||£150,110 to £219,070|
|Neck||(a) Severe (i)||Incomplete paraplegia associated with a neck injury.||In the region of £148,330|
|Knee||(a) Severe (i)||Serious injury to the knee that disrupts the joint and causes gross damage to ligaments.||£69,730 to £96,210|
|Leg||(b) Severe (ii)||Injuries which cause permanent mobility issues and require the person to use walking aids for the rest of their life.||£54,830 to £87,890|
|Pelvis||(b) Moderate (i)||Significant injuries to the pelvis or hip that cause no permanent disability and do not present a great risk of future disability.||£26,590 to £39,170|
|Elbow||(b) Less Severe||Injuries which cause function impairment but do not involve major surgery or leave a significant disability.||£15,650 to £32,010|
|Back||(b) Moderate (ii)||Disturbed ligaments and muscles causing backache.||£12,510 to £27,760|
|Ankle||(c) Moderate||Fractures and tears to ligaments that cause problems walking.||£13,740 to £26,590|
|Wrist||(c) Less Severe||Injuries that still result in a degree of permanent disability, such as ongoing pain and stiffness.||£12,590 to £24,500|
|Shoulder||(c) Moderate||Frozen shoulder where there is limited movement and discomfort that persists for approximately 2 years.||£7,890 to £12,770|
For more information on calculating motorcycle accident compensation, please contact an advisor on the number above.
Evidence can help prove you experienced an injury as a result of a road user breaching the duty of care they owed you. Some examples of the evidence you could collect include:
- CCTV and dashcam footage.
- Medical records.
- Witness contact details.
- A diary of treatments and symptoms.
- Take photos of the accident site and your injuries.
A motorcycle accident solicitor from our panel could assist you in gathering evidence for a personal injury claim. Find out whether you could be eligible to instruct them and benefit from their services by calling the number above.
Our panel of solicitors have decades of experience helping eligible claimants seek compensation. They can assist at every stage of the claims process and are able to offer their services through a version of a No Win No Fee contract called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). There are many advantages of a CFA, for instance, typically:
- You won’t pay any fees for the solicitor’s work at the beginning of your claim, as your claim proceeds, or if it fails.
- If the claim is a success, your solicitor takes a small percentage of the compensation as a success fee. The law ensures this amount is capped and claimants always benefit the most from the payout awarded.
To learn more about how motorcycle accident solicitors could take up your eligible claim in this way, get in touch with advisors via the contact details provided below:
More of our guides:
- Learn about fatal motorcycle accident claims and when you could be eligible to start a claim on behalf of a loved one.
- If you were hit by a car while on your bike, learn whether you could have valid grounds to seek compensation.
- Find out how car accident claims are calculated and the factors considered when determining the value of your payout.
More external resources:
- Guidance on motorcycle safety from Think!
- Information on Statutory Sick Pay from GOV.UK.
- Learn how to request traffic camera footage from National Highways.
Thank you for reading our guide on working with motorcycle accident solicitors. If you have any other questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to connect with an advisor using the number above.