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Every year in the UK over 20,000 people receive medical treatment for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Every week 10 people are killed riding motor bikes and over 100 people suffer very serious injuries. The majority of these injuries are caused by the negligence of someone other than the bike rider and a motorcycle accident solicitor can claim compensation for pain and suffering, losses and expenses.

Road traffic accidents are often complex legal matters especially if both sides blame each other and it is important that you are represented by a specialist lawyer. Our motorcycle accident solicitors are members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts and their case load consists entirely of road traffic accident claims. They deal with personal injury compensation claims using the no win no fee* scheme. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. If you would like advice at no cost from accredited experts just use the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices and a specialist personal injury solicitor will telephone you with no further obligation.

Common Motorcycle Accidents

The most common causes of motorcycle accidents that result in solicitors compensation claims are :-

  • collisions with other vehicles
  • falls when trying to avoid a collision with another vehicle
  • falls as a result of defective road surfaces
    • potholes in the road surface
    • protrusions from the road surface
    • badly carried out road repairs
    • spills and debris on the road

Compensation Awards

Victims are entitled to make a compensation claim that covers two main types of damage or loss. Firstly an expert motorcycle accident solicitor can help victims recover direct financial losses caused as a result of the accident. This can include loss of earnings caused by not being able to work, medical costs and damage or loss of their bike. Secondly, victims are entitled to compensation for pain and suffering caused by the accident which includes both physical and mental trauma.

The amount of compensation awarded for personal injury in a motorcycle accident compensation claim is dependent on the severity of the injury and whether or not there are any long term consequences or disabilities. In addition to claiming damages for personal injury your motorbike accident compensation solicitor will ask you to provide full information about other losses including damage to personal property including your motorbike, loss of wages and any change in life's opportunities or enjoyment as a result of the injury. Future losses can be estimated and also included in the overall claim.

Motorcycle accident solicitors can make claims for the following items :-

  • loss of past and future income
  • motorcycle and property damage
  • vehicle hire
  • medical expenses for the past and for the future
  • assistance for the future
  • pain and suffering (including psychological damage)
  • loss of amenities of life
  • prescriptions
  • insurance excess
  • reduced employment prospects in the future
  • expenses in relation to the claim

Highway Authority Claims

A motorcycle accident solicitor can make a compensation claim against a Local Authority or the Highway Authority if the cause of the accident is as a result of road disrepair. The authorities are obliged to keep the condition of roads and pavements up to a reasonable standard by way of a regular inspection regime and a subsequent program of repairs and if they fail to do so and injury occurs then they can be held liable to pay damages. Even relatively small potholes, tarmac defects or excess gravel can lead to a successful claim.

Defective Roads & Spillages

An accident may be as a result of a defect in the road surface and the statutory authority responsible for the upkeep of the road may be held liable if they have failed to reasonably maintain the road surface. In order to escape liability in motorcycle accident compensation claims the authority must show that they have an adequate system of inspection and repair and that at the time of the accident they were not aware and could not reasonably have been aware of the defect that caused the accident. Spillages on the road are another source of motorcycle accident claims and if the person responsible for the spillage can be traced then a claim for damages can be made against them.

The Doctrine of Contributory Negligence

There are occasions where the cause of an accident is not clear and it may be that both drivers were partly to blame. In these cases either or both drivers can take legal action claiming compensation for any personal injury that they may have suffered. If one party takes action then the other party may counter-claim and both actions are heard together by the same judge who will apportion blame between all parties involved on a percentage basis. The practical effect of this is that even though a driver may have been partly responsible for causing the accident, it is still possible for a motorcycle accident solicitor to make a claim for compensation for injury and financial loss or damage. In some cases there may be more than two parties involved in legal action and an innocent passenger may sue the other driver who then promptly joins in the passenger's driver alleging a contribution. In these cases the passenger is paid in full by receiving a contribution from each of the drivers in accordance with the relative blame apportioned between the drivers by a judge. The two drivers can also claim against each other but will suffer a reduction in compensation payable for their injuries in accordance with the judges' apportionment of blame.

Personal Injury Solicitors

If you would like to talk to a lawyer just use the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices and a specialist personal injury solicitor will speak to you on the telephone at no cost and without further obligation. We can judge the validity of your claim and work out how much you stand to gain. Our solicitors operate on a no win no fee* basis.



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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here