Motorcycle Accident Claims
If you or someone close to you has suffered a motorbike accident that was the fault of someone else, you may be able to make a motorcycle accident claim for compensation.
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 experienced motorcycle accident lawyers. We have the expertise needed to ensure that anyone involved in a motorcycle accident is properly compensated for the injuries they have suffered and are provided with the best possible care and treatment to aid their recovery.
We have significant experience in road accidents and can call on our team of experts with significant knowledge of crash dynamics, in order to assist in achieving a successful outcome for your motorbike accident claim. Take a look at the possible amount of compensation that you could be awarded for your accident using our claims calculator
“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
As experienced solicitors, we, of course, understand that some motorbike accidents have tragic consequences and not all bikers will survive. According to ‘Think’ Motorcyclists account for just 1% of total road traffic, but 19% of all road user deaths. If someone close to you has been the tragic victim of an motorcycle accident or has suffered serious injuries, we are here to support you when making a claim for motorbike accident compensation on their behalf. We will always act in a highly sensitive and professional manner, as we work to obtain compensation for any unexpected expenditure that you have found yourself facing.
To discuss making a motorbike accident claim, call us for free on 0800 195 95 90 and discuss your claim with one of our expert team. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are ready to take your call.
Almost all of our motorbike accident claims are funded through a no win, no fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you and you will only be liable for legal costs should you be successful in your claim.
At Smith Jones, we are very active in the campaign for safer roads and implementing improved measures to reduce the number of accidents on the roads in Great Britain. One way that we do this is through the creation of our own road safety videos, which are designed to educate road users and alert them to the dangers present in everyday traffic situations. These videos are actively promoted via social media.
In any motorcycle accident claim, we will also work to ensure the victim is not only fully compensated for any injuries sustained, but also for any other unexpected expenditure.
(Figures taken from STATS19, DfT National Road Traffic Survey’ 26 June 2014)
HOW MUCH COMPENSATION COULD YOU RECEIVE FOR YOUR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT CLAIM?
Some motorbike accidents can end up causing very serious injuries . Compensation for the injury itself and for past and future losses are calculated by reference to the severity of the injury and any losses or expenses you incurred as a result. The factors taken into account in relation to your final settlement are as follows:
- Pain & suffering – How seriously you have been injured
- The cost of your medical care and treatment
- Future cost of care or treatment
- Loss of earnings while recovering
- Damage to the motorcycle & cost of repair or replacement
- Damage to your equipment and clothing such as helmet, leathers, etc
- The psychological impact of the accident and your injuries
- Other general expenses incurred as a direct result of the accident, such as travel,
The amount that you can claim will depend on the injuries sustained, plus many of the factors mentioned above. The Judicial College set general guidelines by which different types of injuries are valued.
At Smith Jones Solicitors we want you to be assured that we will always work hard to get you the greatest amount of compensation possible for the pain and suffering you have been through following a motorbike accident.
For a guideline, as to how much you may expect to be awarded for your motorcycle accident, go to our personal injury claims calculator. By completing the quick process you should get an idea of how much compensation your claim may be worth.
What if the Motorcycle Accident was partly your fault?
In some cases, a road traffic accident is not the result of just one driver’s actions and liability may fall on more than one party to some degree or another. For example, what if you were riding your motorcycle a little too fast and a car pulled out of a side road which resulted in the accident?
In this situation, we would still urge you to contact our team so that we may advise you on the individual merits of your claim. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach in personal injury and no two claims are the same.
How to make a Claim if the Driver was Uninsured?
With the cost of insurance increasing year on year and the number of road users constantly rising, it is not unusual for a rider to be involved in an accident where the driver at fault is uninsured. In such cases, the question arises as to whether or not a claim can be made? In this instance, it is possible to make a claim through the MIB or Motor Insurers Bureau. It is still advisable to employ a solicitor for impartial legal advice and for help in guiding you through the process and to make sure you get the compensation deserved.
Can I Make a No Win No Fee Claim?
In many cases, Smith Jones Solicitors can enter into a no win no fee motorcycle accident claim agreement. For accidents like:
- Accidents due to a defective road surface or pothole
- Motorcycle that is defective in some way
- Hit and run
- Collision at a junction or roundabout
- Collision with another road user
To find out whether you can make a no win no fee motorbike accident claim, you will need to contact us so that we can discuss the circumstances of the accident with you. We can do this during a free consultation at a time that suits you.
Assisting us with your motorbike accident claim
To ensure that you recover the proper motorcycle accident compensation for how you have been affected, there are a number of ways in which you can assist us.
Firstly, ensure that you retain a copy of the official police report. This report will contain a number of important details that will help with filing a claim for compensation. In some cases, this may also include the police opinion of who was responsible for the accident.
If you are able to, you should also take down details about the accident. These should contain as much detail as possible, even things that you may initially think are insignificant.
If possible, also ensure that you have the following:
- Photographs of any injuries sustained
- Any prescriptions and receipts for unexpected expenditure relating to medical treatment and medications
- Receipts for costs that have been incurred due to the injuries you have suffered affecting your daily life. Examples of these could include costs for taxis, childcare or holidays
- Letters from your employer stating how long you have been unable to work and the income that you have lost as a result of this
- A daily diary, recording any details that are not covered by receipts. These details could include how you got to and from hospital appointments, how long you spent at the hospital, and the pain and discomfort that attending appointments causes
- A record of how you are feeling and the difficulties you face each day as a result the injuries that you have suffered