Being involved in a motorcycle accident can have a major impact on your life. Apart from the short-term injuries sustained, there can be ongoing physical, psychological or physiological consequences which can cause longer-term problems. These consequences may limit your ability to work, which could have far-reaching implications for both you and for your family. Smith Jones understands how disruptive a motorcycle accident can be, and that is why we are here to help you make it right.
Our expert team of friendly solicitors specialise in nothing but personal injury and illness claims. We are accredited by The Law Society and have advised thousands of clients in relation to motorbike accident claims. You can call us on our Freephone helpline 0800 195 95 90 for a no obligation appraisal of your claim.
By instructing us to act on your behalf, we will also work to ensure that you receive compensation for any associated medical expenses, lost income, lost potential income and other related expenses that you incur as a result of being involved in an accident. We will also work to ensure that you receive the best possible care and rehabilitation for the injuries that you have sustained.
We, of course, understand that some road accidents have tragic consequences and you may be acting on someone else’s behalf. If someone close to you has been the tragic victim of a fatal accident on the road or has suffered serious injuries, we can support you when making a claim on their behalf. We will always act in a highly sensitive, compassionate and professional manner.
“Motorcycle accidents can often be particularly tragic as they can see otherwise fit and active people suffering from devastating injuries. I have dealt with very many serious motorcycle claims in the 30 years or more I have been specialising in this area of work. Unfortunately, liability can often be disputed. However, at Smith Jones you will get the highest possible level of expertise and commitment on your side.
We were one of the first to sign up to a new industry wide code relating to dealing with rehabilitation in serious injury cases. We will try to get you back on your feet as soon as possible and if not, we aim to give you as much support and rehabilitation as you need.”
Peter Jones, Managing Partner/Director, APIL Fellow
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Motorbike Injury Claims – More Information
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT STATISTICS
According to statistics provided by the UK government, motorcyclists are around 40 times more likely to be fatally injured in a traffic accident than motorists in cars. These statistics are pretty alarming and only go to show how serious an injury can be for a motorcyclist.
Even though the number of bikers who have been severely injured or killed on the UK’s road has dropped since 2008, almost 5000 motorcyclists are seriously injured, and over 300 are killed every year. According to Think! motorbikes represent just 1% of the UK’s road traffic, they represent as much as 19% of all fatalities and serious injuries, with 30 bikers being injured or killed in the UK every single day.
COMMON MOTORBIKE ACCIDENT TYPES
Motorcycle accidents occur regularly on UK roads, and in most cases, the consequences for the biker are severe. Due to the lack of physical protection which a car can provide, bikers are vulnerable to much more serious injuries than motorists. When involved in a collision with a car driver, it is highly likely that the motorcyclist will come off worst.
There are numerous kinds of motorcycle accidents, and no two incidents will ever be identical. However, there are some types which occur more frequently than others.
- Crashes at junctions – although motorcyclists have an acute awareness of their surroundings and the other drivers around them while on the road, many other road users are not so skilled. Most accidents involving motorcyclists are caused by the negligence of another motorist, often when the driver fails to spot the motorbike and its rider. This most frequently occurs at junctions and side roads
- Stationary accidents – many motorcyclists are hit from the rear by approaching traffic. The severity of this type of accident can range from a minor bump right up to a life-threatening Sometimes, motorcyclists are rear-ended by an over-eager motorist at traffic lights or at a pedestrian crossing, and sometimes the driver will not have seen the motorcyclist at all
- Loss of control – this type of accident occurs when the motorcyclist loses control of their bike, often on a bend. It may also occur due to oil or fuel spillages, roadworks, road markings which have been affected by the weather, or loose objects on the road. Just because another motorist is not involved with this type of incident does not mean that it is the motorcyclist’s fault.
- Opening doors – often this type of accident will occur on a busy urban road with cars parked on the street. Often, motorcyclists riding on these roads will be hit by a car door opening. Although sometimes these accidents can be minor, they can be much more serious and are not the fault of the biker.
There are many other kinds of road accident which may involve motorcyclists. For any incident which was not the fault of the biker, a claim can still be made in respect of compensation.
WHAT CAN YOU CLAIM FOR?
Injured bikers who have been involved in an incident that was not their fault for any reason can claim compensation in respect of their injuries and the ongoing affect that they may have on their life. Some of the claims that can be made include compensation for an injury resulting from:
- Poorly maintained, defective and potholed road surfaces
- Spillages of fuel or oil on the road
- Hit and run incidents
- Accidents involving uninsured drivers
- Defective motorcycles
- Defective safety clothing such as faulty helmets
INSURANCE COMPANIES AND INSURERS
Every road user in the UK is required to have insurance before they can use their vehicle on the roads. This ensures that, should they be responsible for a road traffic accident, they will be able to pay the bill for repairing the victim’s vehicle as well as to pay compensation for any hardship experienced by the victim through injury. Even the minimum insurance requirement, 3rd party cover, will cover the victims of a road traffic accident, helping to offer monetary relief should they need to take some time off work in order to recover from their physical or mental suffering.
Smith Jones understand how complex the UK’s insurance system can be. That’s why we are here to help accident victims to make a claim should they have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was not their fault.
Many insurers offer victims an early settlement sum before they have had a chance to take legal advice. However, accepting these offers is often a bad idea since the sums involved will almost invariably be lower than the amount which you could obtain in court should you pursue a claim for compensation. No insurer can value a claim properly without obtaining medical evidence, and should you accept an early settlement offer before seeking advice; you will have no rights of redress if you end up experiencing long-term symptoms.
Anyone who has been the victim of a non-fault motorbike accident over the last 3 years may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Our skilled, professional team are highly experienced in making motorcycle accident claims and can help you to determine whether you have a valid case. We can obtain comprehensive and clear medical evidence of your injuries and the likely time taken to recover and then we can use this information to quantify your case properly. We will also take into account claims for any financial losses so that you can recover the entire amount.
WHAT DOES MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT COMPENSATION COVER?
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can have a life-changing consequence, and any compensation award or settlement will take into account the following:
- How severe the injuries are
- The medical treatment received
- The cost of care
- The anticipated costs of future care and treatment
- Any reduction or loss of physical or mental capacity
- General suffering and pain
- Any lost earnings during the period of recovery
- Any anticipated loss of future earnings should the injury be severe enough to prevent a return to the workplace
- Damage incurred to the motorcycle and safety equipment
- Mental or emotional problems suffered as a result of the accident including for PTSD, anxiety or depression as a result of the injuries incurred
- Any other expenses incurred such as damage to property and travel costs
Awards will be set out according to the Judicial College guidelines drawn up in respect of personal injury claims. These guidelines are not only used by the courts, but they are also used by an insurer when they propose a settlement.
COMMON MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURIES
It is very important that anyone who is involved in a motorbike accident obtains medical attention, even if their injuries only appear to be minor. Some of the most common injuries seen include:
- Head injuries
- Road rash
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Injuries to the legs and feet
Even if you’re wearing a helmet, if you’re involved in a serious crash it will offer only limited protection from injury. The brain is very fragile, and while the skull is able to withstand a lot of shock, it can be damaged either mildly or severely in a motorbike accident. If you are involved in an accident which causes you to become unconscious, you will be taken to the hospital and undergo testing to determine the severity of your injuries. However, if the accident appeared to be relatively minor, bikers are often unaware that they have a brain injury. Should you experience any headaches, memory loss, throbbing pain in the head or nausea, you should seek immediate medical help.
Broken bones are common injuries in motorbike accidents. We naturally protect our face and body from impact using the hands and arms, and this can lead to breaks in the bones. Often feet and legs can be crushed by the bike, causing injury, and the ribs and collarbone are also vulnerable. In an even worse scenario, the pelvis, back or neck can be broken, and this can result in long-term, ongoing problems including difficulty in walking, or even paralysis.
Even an ordinary broken bone, while easily remedied by wearing a plaster cast, still takes a long time to heal – often over 6 weeks. Physiotherapy is also often necessary to help regain the strength of the surrounding muscles. For a collarbone break, surgery is often necessary to reconnect the bone with pins and plates. The recovery period can be as long as 8 weeks, and even then you may experience pain in that area for the rest of your life.
Although spinal injuries are not always life-threatening, they can still be very severe. Even a minor injury like cracked vertebrae can still have long-lasting consequences, and specialist care will be necessary. Those who have the worst spinal injuries may never walk again.
Leg and Foot Injuries
Broken bones in the feet and legs are especially common in motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, there are other more serious lower limb injuries which may be incurred including loss of toes or limbs, torn tissue and muscle, deep cuts and severe burns. Although many lower extremity injuries are relatively superficial, they still often require stitches and dressings together with several weeks of recovery time. However, more serious accidents can prevent a return to work and may limit your physical movement for the rest of your life.
Road rash may sound minor. However, it is certainly very unpleasant. Road rash occurs when the rider slides along the road at high speed, and even in its mildest form it is an angry and painful skin abrasion which can hurt for weeks. In its most severe form, fat and tissues may be exposed, and potentially even the bone, and medical attention will be required. Even when severe road rash heals, it will still often leave lifetime scarring.
Anyone who incurs an injury as the result of a motorcycle accident that was not their fault may end up suffering from anxiety and depression, whilst the injuries that they have incurred making everyday life hard.
We operate on a ‘no-win no-fee’ basis, meaning that there is no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim for your accident or injury.
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We get to know every one of our clients, understanding their unique needs and ensuring they are well represented and cared for.
INJURY CLAIM SPECIALISTS
We only handle personal injury and accident cases, meaning we have a vast depth of knowledge and experience when it comes to both assessing your claim and fighting for your compensation.
OPEN SINCE 1988
We have been fighting for our clients since 1988. We are authorized and regulated by the SRA and are accredited by Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and The Law Society.
We have extensive experience dealing with and claiming for high-profile accidents and injuries. This has garnered us a reputation as one of the best personal injury & accident solicitors in the UK.
AVERAGE CLAIM £11,500*
If your claim is successful then you will receive a cash sum after a decision or settlement has been reached – our average payout is over £11,500.
Motorbike Accident Claims – FAQ:
WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE BEEN IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
Although most motorcyclists take all of the essential precautions, such as wearing a safety helmet and protective gear, sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent an accident that is someone else’s fault. Smith Jones is dedicated to helping motorcyclists, their passengers and families to cope with the ongoing consequences of a road accident that was not their fault. Smith Jones understand that sometimes, the negligence of another motorist can turn your life upside down. If either you or a family member has been the victim of a motorbike accident, compensation may be due for the injuries sustained. You may be able to claim for damages including your medical expenses, lost wages, future expenses, emotional distress and your pain and suffering.
If you are unlucky enough to be involved in a motorcycle accident, there are several steps that you should take, should your injuries permit you:
- Get assistance. Call an ambulance if you or any other person is injured in the accident. You should also telephone the police who will supply you with an incident number to use as evidence in your claim
- Take down the key details including the registration number and details of the other vehicles involved. Get the name, address and insurance details of any passengers and drivers who have been involved in the accident and also obtain contact information for any witnesses to the incident
- Note down the weather, visibility and road conditions at the time the accident occurred. If you have a phone camera, take photographs of the damage incurred, the vehicles involved and the surrounding area as evidence
- Call your insurance company and let them know about the accident
- Obtain legal advice from a highly qualified and experienced professional team like Smith Jones.
When obtaining legal advice, you should try to supply as many of the following items as possible to maximise your compensation:
- Photos of your injuries
- Receipts and prescriptions for your expenses for medical treatment
- Receipts for any additional costs due to the effects of your injuries on your life,g. childcare payments, taxis or cancelled holidays
- Letters from your employer about the period of time you have had to take off work as a result of your accident and any earnings you have lost
- A diary, detailing any information not covered by the receipts such as the period of time spent in hospital, pain experienced and any difficulties you are facing in your daily life
HOW LONG DOES COMPENSATION TAKE?
If a motorcycle accident claim is worth under £25,000, it can be fast-tracked through the Claims Portal system, meaning that you can be compensated within around 6 months. However, in more serious and complex cases, it could take substantially longer, especially if liability is denied. Many claims are settled by the insurance companies, although rejecting the initial offer will often result in a bigger settlement.
WHAT IF I AM PARTLY AT FAULT?
Sometimes the motorcyclist is partly to blame for their accident. In this instance, obtaining legal advice is still advisable since you may still be eligible to make a claim. For more info on having had an accident in adverse weather conditions click here
WHAT ABOUT UNINSURED DRIVERS?
If you are unlucky enough to be involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist, you can still make a claim for compensation through the Motor Insurers Bureau. Obtaining legal advice is essential to getting the help you need to navigate this process.
NO WIN NO FEE CLAIMS
Smith Jones take many motorcycle accident cases on a no win no fee basis. Accidents which occurred as a result of the following can often be covered under a no win no fee arrangement.
- Defective motorcycles
- Defective road surfaces
- Hit and run incidents
- Collisions with other road users
- Collisions at roundabouts and junctions
Call us to discuss the circumstances surrounding your motorcycle accident, and we can offer you a free consultation at a time to meet your needs to determine whether you can make a no win no fee claim.
MAKING A CLAIM AND AFTERCARE
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident which wasn’t your fault, you may well be entitled to pursue a compensation claim. With more than 28 years of experience in assisting clients who have been injured, we understand how disruptive a motorbike accident and its consequences can be for both you and your family. Our professional team are well prepared to handle your claim effectively and sensitively.
Perhaps you need physiotherapy to restore movement and muscle strength following a motorcycle accident or need psychological therapies to overcome any anxiety or depression; we can work with medical experts to arrange the rehabilitation services that you need to get your life back to normal.
Should you need to take some time off work as a result of your non-fault motorcycle accident, our skilled solicitors can help you to make a claim in respect of your loss of earnings. If you have had out of pocket expenses due to your accident, for example in respect of prescription costs or travel expenses, we can help you to reclaim these sums too.
If you think you can make a claim for a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, call our helpline free of charge on 0800 195 9590 for further information. Our expert team are waiting to offer you expert advice. Alternatively, feel free to submit an online enquiry, and we can call you back in order to discuss the options available to you. We are here every day, 24 hours a day, and will handle your claim sensitively and professionally to help you to get the result you deserve.
CONTACTING SMITH JONES
We are accredited personal injury solicitors by The Law Society and have successfully represented thousands of bikers making motorbike injury claims. Established in 1988, we are legal industry experts, helping our clients to achieve the best possible outcome for their motorcycle accident claims.
Thanks to our commitment and expertise, we can offer you all the rehabilitation and support you need to get your life back on track. We always act professionally and sensitively. Whether a relative has been the victim of a motorbike accident, or whether you yourself are suffering as a result of your injuries, we can support you in making your claim. We fund most of our motorcycle accident claims through a no win no fee arrangement, so you will incur no financial risks, and should you be successful, you will only have your legal costs to pay.