Motorcycle Accident Claims – No Win No Fee Solicitors

Motorcycle Accident Claims - No Win No Fee Solicitors

Motorcycle Accident Claims – No Win No Fee Solicitors

As a motorcyclist, you can be particularly vulnerable to accidents on the road. If you have suffered an injury due to another road user’s negligence you may be eligible to make a motorcycle accident claim. This article will explain the causes of accidents, the eligibility of motorcycle accident claims, what injuries you could claim for, time limits and how compensation is calculated for both general and special damages. 

Contact our advisors today if you have any questions about motorcycle accident claims, they can help determine whether your claim is valid. They may pass it on to our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors who can guide you in beginning the process. Get in touch by:

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  1. Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents
  2. Who Is Eligible To Make Motorcycle Accident Claims?
  3. What Injuries Could You Claim For?
  4. Motorcycle Crash Claim Limitation Periods
  5. Motorcycle Accident Claims Calculator
  6. Get Help With Motorcycle Accident Claims

Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents 

All road users owe each other a duty of care. A duty of care covers the responsibility a road user has to keep one another safe on the road. To be eligible to make a motorcycle injury claim you must be able to identify who is liable in a motorcycle road traffic accident. Even if you are partially at fault you may still be able to make a personal injury claim, although the award will be reduced to reflect your part in the accident.  

The Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA) legislation and The Highway Code (THC) establish the practicable steps a road user can take as part of their duty of care and can help determine whether someone has been negligent on the road.

Motorbike Crash Statistics

According to the Department for Transport, under the reported road casualties in Great Britain: motorcycle factsheet 2020:

  • Fatalities decreased by 51% from 585 to 285 during 2004 – 2020
  • Also fallen were serious injuries by 48%
  • Motorcycle traffic decreased by 22%

Who Is Eligible To Make Motorcycle Accident Claims?

If you were injured due to another road user’s negligence you could pursue a motorcycle accident claim. THC outlines rules 83 to 88 that a motorcyclist must/should follow on the road, which includes: 

  • Wearing a protective helmet that meets regulations.
  • Wearing eye protection that meets regulations.
  • Not carrying more than one pillion passengers. 
  • Make yourself as visible as possible.
  • Wearing reflective clothing or strips to improve your visibility when riding in the dark. 
  • Be vigilant about your surroundings when you’re manoeuvering. 

Some examples of road user negligence can include:

  • Drivers getting distracted and not paying attention to their surroundings 
  • When pedestrians do not look when crossing the road
  • Cyclists not signalling when turning 

For more information on who is eligible to make motorcycle accident claims contact our advisors today. 

What Injuries Could You Claim For?

You could be eligible for compensation for a variety of injuries sustained as part of your motorcycle accident claim. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents published their road safety research with regards to motorcycle accidents. Their findings indicate where motorcycle accidents are likely to happen, which include:

  • Collisions at junctions – Junctions are a common danger for motorcyclists, with the majority happening at T-junctions when drivers pull into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist. Most motorcycle accidents at T-junctions involve uncontrolled T-junctions in urban environments.
  • Overtaking collisions – Some of these collisions happen when a rider is manoeuvring through stationary or slow traffic, otherwise known as filtering, where other road users are twice as likely to be fully or partly to blame. 

Motorcyclists can suffer from all types of injuries such as broken bones and can be likely to be seriously injured during a collision as they are moving just as fast as other drivers but without the same amount of protection.

Contact our advisors for more information on possible injuries in motorcycle accident claims. 

Motorcycle Crash Claim Limitation Periods

The time limits for motorcycle accident claims are established by The Limitation Act 1980 and are usually as follows:

  • 3 years from the date of injury.
  • 3 years from discovering the injury.
  • If under 18, the 3-year time limit begins on your 18th birthday and ends on your 21st birthday.

Contact our advisors if you have any more questions about how long after a road traffic accident can you make a motorcycle accident claim. 

Could I Claim For Another Person?

To claim for another person you must become a litigation friend. A litigation friend is a representative that you can appoint to claim on your behalf with your best interests in mind. 

There are a couple of exceptions to the 3-year time limit, such as:

  • If under 18, a litigation friend may claim on your behalf.
  • If you aren’t mentally capable, a litigation friend may claim on your behalf.
  • In both cases, the time limit is frozen until the minor reaches 18 or the person regains mental capacity.

Motorcycle Accident Claims Calculator

As part of your motorcycle accident claim, you may be wondering how much compensation you are eligible to receive. The compensation for your injury and financial losses can be potentially broken down into two heads of claim. 

Guideline amount brackets provided by the Judicial College reflect what can be awarded for general damages, which covers the pain and suffering inflicted during your injury. The following compensation table is an example of value brackets for various injuries at differing levels of severity: 

Injury CompensationNotes
Wrist injuries (a)£44,690 to £56,180Complete function loss, for example, where an arthrodesis has been performed.
Less serious hand injury (g)£13,570 to £27,220Severe crush injury resulting in notable function impairment without future surgery or despite undergoing treatment.
Severe leg injuries (i)£90,320 to £127,530Extensive degloving of the leg, gross leg shortening, ununited fractures and extensive bone grafting.
Less serious leg injuries (ii)£8,550 to £13,210Simple fracture to the femur with undamaged articular surfaces.
Moderate foot injury (f)£12,900 to £23,460Displaced metatarsal fracture causing permanent deformity and lasting symptoms.
Serious toe injuries (d)£9,010 to £12,900Serious great toe injury or crushing and fractures to multiple toes. Permanent disability via discomfort, pain or sensitive scarring. A number of unsuccessful operations or lasting stabbing pain and gait impairment.
Multiple fractures of facial bones (b)£13,970 to £22,470Permanent facial deformity.
Damage to teeth (i)£8,200 to £10,710Serious damage or loss of several front teeth.
Fracture of jaws (iii)£6,060 to £8,200Simple fracture necessitating immobilization but with complete recovery.
 

Additionally, if you qualify for general damages you could also claim for special damages in your road accident claim. Special damages consist of the financial costs accrued due to your injury, and can include:

  • Loss of earnings and future income 
  • Travel to and from medical appointments 
  • Domestic costs, such as gardening, cleaning and cooking

Contact our advisors for free legal advice on personal injury compensation in motorcycle accident claims. 

Get Help With Motorcycle Accident Claims

Motorcycle accident claims can be a tricky part of the law and that is why we suggest hiring a No Win No Fee lawyer as they can make this process feel simpler.

A No Win No Fee solicitor will ask you to sign a Conditional Fee Agreement CFA. Hiring a solicitor, under a CFA, requires no upfront cost and you do not pay any fees to your solicitor for their service if the claim is not successful.

Your lawyer will only take a small, legally-capped percentage of your compensation as their success fee in successful claims to cover the service they have provided you with.

Contact our advisors if you would like to begin your motorcycle accident claim, they can deem whether it is valid and they can pass it on to our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors. Get in touch by:

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