Motorcycle accident compensation claims solicitors
If you’ve been injured in a motorbike accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. Contact our expert motorcycle injury solicitors and get the compensation you deserve.
Last updated on November 7th, 2023
The most important things to remember when claiming for a motorbike accident:
- You may be able to claim compensation if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident and the negligence of a third party caused your injuries
- To receive compensation for your injuries, you will need to prove that the cause of the accident was either partly or wholly someone else’s fault
- In most cases, you have up to three years from the accident date or three years from the date a medical professional diagnosed your injuries
- The amount of compensation you can claim for injuries caused by a motorcycle accident will depend on how severe your injuries are and the impact they may have on your life
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How long do I have to make a motorcycle accident claim?
In most cases, you have up to three years from the accident date or three years from the date a medical professional diagnosed your injuries.
The three-year time limit does not apply if you are claiming for someone with limited mental capacity, including if the injuries suffered in the accident prevent them from claiming within three years.
You can claim on behalf of a child up until the date of their 21st birthday.
We recommend that you begin your claim as soon after your motorcycle accident as possible, as it gives us the best chance of collecting all the evidence we need to mount the strongest case on your behalf. Speak with our experienced no win no fee solicitors about your motorcycle accident today.
Can I make a motorcycle accident claim on behalf of someone else?
In such instances, you will be able to claim on their behalf as a “litigation friend” if you are a trusted family member.
You may also be able to claim in the tragic event that a loved one has died from a motorcycle accident. In these cases, you may be able to claim bereavement damages, funeral expenses and for dependents.
How much compensation can I claim if I’ve been involved in a motorbike accident?
The amount of compensation you can claim for injuries caused by a motorcycle accident will depend on how severe your injuries are and the impact they may have on your life.
Compensation settlements for injuries sustained following a motorbike accident can range from £1,500 for a minor facial injury to £350,000 for a severe head injury.
Motorcycle accident compensation calculator
Our motorcycle accident and injury claims calculator below provides an approximate guide to the amount of compensation you may be able to claim.
The calculator considers the part of your body you have injured and the severity of your injuries and provides an approximate compensation payout based on recent case law and the Judicial College Guidelines.
Alternatively, see our table of cycling accident compensation amounts at the bottom of this page.
Find out how much you could claim
Compensation amounts are estimated based on the level of injury below
These amounts listed in our calculator only consider the compensation you could claim for your injuries, known as General Damages. In addition, to this amount, you can also claim for Special damages.
Compensation for special damages can be claimed to cover expenses you may have already incurred or will incur because of the injuries you’ve suffered.
Compensation could be claimed for expenses that may include, but would not be limited to;
- The damage, repair, or replacement of your motorcycle
- The replacement of any motorcycle equipment, such as your helmet and clothes damaged in your accident
- Current and future earnings, including any loss of income or pension
- Any medical costs associated with your rehabilitation or ongoing rehabilitation treatment, including physiotherapy or counselling
- Any adaptations needed for your home
- Any costs for the care you may have or will need to receive, even if a family member or friend provides this
- Any out-of-pocket expenses you or anyone who has cared for you may have incurred.
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What evidence do I need to make a motorbike accident claim?
To be successful in your claim, we must show that the accident was caused by someone else being at fault. This is done by compiling clear and compelling evidence.
The type of evidence that would be most useful when claiming for a motorbike accident may include the following:
- The date and time, and location of the accident
- Any details you can remember about the accident and who you think is to blame
- Contact details, including registration number and insurance details of any other vehicles involved in the accident (where applicable)
- Police reports of the accident
- Any footage you may have of the accident from a helmet or body cam, CCTV, or dash cam
- Any photographs or video you may have taken at the scene of the accident
- Contact information for any eyewitnesses to the accident who may be able to provide a statement on your behalf
- Details of the medical treatment you received either at the scene or at a hospital or GP
Don’t worry if you don’t have all of this information. Our specialist road accident claims solicitors will help compile evidence on your behalf.
Can I claim for a motorcycle accident caused by a hit-and-run driver?
Yes, you can still make a claim if you were injured in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident. However, rather than make a claim against a driver’s insurance company, hit-and-run claims can be made with the Motor Insurance Bureau, which specialises in claiming for road accidents when the party at fault can not be identified or is untraceable.
Can I claim for a motorcycle accident caused by an uninsured driver?
Yes, you can still claim if you were injured on your motorbike after being hit by an uninsured driver. Our personal injury solicitors will make your claim with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, a not-for-profit organisation created to help victims of road accidents where the party at fault is uninsured.
Can I claim for a motorcycle accident caused by poor road surfaces?
Yes, you can claim against whoever is responsible for the road surface if your motorcycle accident was caused by a poorly maintained, damaged or unsafe road.
Whether it’s National Highways for motorways or A roads, or local authorities for all other roads, the organisation has a duty of care to all road users to keep them safe.
Local authorities are legally required to conduct regular inspections and to take action if they identify anything that is or is likely to become, a danger to road users. Additionally, they must display warning signs to inform road users of any potential hazards caused by unsafe road surfaces.
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Can I claim for a motorcycle accident caused by faulty or defective equipment?
Yes, you may be able to claim compensation for your motorcycle accident if your injuries were caused by defective equipment, such as a faulty crash helmet or a defect on your bike that led to your accident.
Can I claim if the motorcycle accident was partly my fault?
Yes, you may be able to claim compensation for your motorbike accident, even if it was partly your fault.
Motorbike claims differ somewhat from other personal injury claims as the responsibility for the accident may be shared. When we assess your claim, we’ll consider whether the accident was entirely your fault, entirely another road user’s fault, or a shared fault between you both. In claims where the fault is with more than one party, a split liability agreement will be set up.
What is a split liability motorbike accident claim?
These claims are when two or more road users agree to share the blame for the accident. The amount of compensation you receive relates to the percentage of the liability split. For example, if you agree you are both equally at fault, you’ll be entitled to receive 50% of the compensation amount.
We understand the financial impact of an accident.
In 99% of cases, we recovered more compensation than the insurer’s first offer. We’ll provide financial security with our interim payments wherever possible, meaning you don’t need to rush into an offer that is lower than you’re legally entitled to.
What are the most common types of motorcycle accident claims?
Being on two wheels makes motorcyclists more vulnerable to accidents than most other road users. Not only are they at are more significant risk of injuries caused by other road users, but they are also more susceptible to accidents if the road surface is dangerous.
With over 20 years of experience handling motorcycle accident claims, the most common type of accidents we see include:
- Accidents caused by drivers not spotting bike riders, especially at junctions and roundabouts
- Accidents caused by changing lanes while not looking to see if the lane is clear
- Accidents caused by overtaking or turning into a rider’s path
- Accidents caused by a rider having to take evasive action to avoid hitting a pedestrian or object on the road
- Accidents from poorly maintained roads, including loose gravel spills, fluid spills, and potholes, especially on corners and bends in the road when the rider is leaning
- Accidents from faulty traffic lights, lighting or defective signage
Such accidents are split into two categories – Lowside and highside.
Lowside accidents are caused when the front or rear wheel loses grip and slides out, usually due to too much breaking or acceleration through or out of a corner. At their least, riders can fall off the bike and suffer from severe cuts, bruises, and broken bones. At their worst, lowside accidents can lead to a rider sliding into oncoming traffic.
Highside accidents occur when the rear wheel loses lateral grip and then regains it violently or if the back wheel locks up. It is most common when the rider over-corrects a rear-wheel slide. As a result, the bike suddenly grips and sends the rider the other way.
A highside crash is extremely dangerous because the rider is usually flung over the handlebars, often in the bike’s path of travel. Severe injuries are common in such cases as the rider can collide with vehicles, the road surface and their own bike.
Can I make a no win no fee motorbike accident claim?
Yes, you can. Our motorbike injury compensation claims legal services are provided on a no win no fee basis.
A no win no fee agreement protects the person claiming if the claim is unsuccessful from any costs during the compensation claim process, meaning you can claim without paying a penny.
No win no fee agreements are also known as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA). This agreement means that there is only a fee on the condition that you win your claim. It means you are safe to pursue a compensation claim knowing that you have no financial risk if it’s unsuccessful.
When your claim is successful, the other side pays the majority of the legal costs, and the law firm takes a pre-agreed fixed percentage of the compensation. This means you’d never be out of pocket when claiming.
In addition, we take out an insurance policy on your behalf, which protects you in the rare event the claim isn’t successful. This is known as an After The Event (ATE) insurance policy, which means you have no upfront costs and nothing to pay if you lose the case.
We provide unlimited legal advice at the outset of all claims, so don’t hesitate to contact us. We can assess your case and explain the no win no fee claims process on our first call.
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Average compensation claim amounts for injuries caused by motorbike accidents
|Part of body||Severity of injury||Amount of compensation||Types of injuries|
|Head||Minor||£1,880.00 to £10,890.00||Covers head injury with recovery within a few weeks. Higher compensation if symptoms include headaches.|
|Head||Moderate||£13,430.00 to £112,130.00||Symptoms ranging from poor concentration, lower and higher risk of epileptic attacks, minor personality changes, depression, more severe intellectual impairment, or injuries/symptoms leading to a vegetative state.|
|Head||Serious||£186,890.00 £240,590.00||Covers reduced life expectancy, serious physical symptoms, serious changes to personality or intellect, large dependence on others due to paralysis or otherwise.|
|Head||Severe||£240,590.00 to £344,640.00||Covers minimally conscious state (life expectancy less than 15 years), severe disability, brain damage with little/no response, vegetative states needing full-time nursing.|
|Eye||Severe||£56,080.00to £229,260.00||Complete blindness on one/both eyes or severe visual impairment on one/both eyes.|
|Face||Minor||£1,460.00 to £7,460.00||Light or no scarring on the face, but no fractures, loss/damage of one/two front teeth, simple fractures of the jaw or nose, but with a possibility of complete recovery.|
|Face||Serious||£15,320.00 to £26,010.00||More serious fractures such as a broken jaw or nose, breaking/damage/loss of several teeth.|
|Face||Severe||£26,010.00 to £38,850.00||Severe injuries resulting in facial disfigurement, several jaw fractures, chronic tooth pain, and scarring. May lead to eating restrictions or higher risk of joint arthritis. Covers negative effects on mental health.|
|Ear/ hearing||Minor||Up to £5,980.00||Possible Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), slight/occasional tinnitus.|
|Ear/ hearing||Moderate||£12,700.00 to £25,350.00||Partial hearing loss or mild to severe tinnitus.|
|Ear/ hearing||Serious||£25,350.00 to £38,850.00||Complete deafness in one ear. Severity varies based on additional symptoms (e.g. dizziness, tinnitus, etc.).|
|Ear/ hearing||Severe||£77,430.00 to £120,040.00||Complete deafness in both ears. Higher compensation for child injuries also resulting in a loss of speech.|
Motorcycle accident compensation amounts for back, neck, shoulders and upper body injuries
|Part of body||Severity of injury||Amount of compensation||Types of injuries|
|Neck||Minor||Up to £6,680.00||Soft tissue injuries or whiplash with recovery within 3 – 24 months. Compensation factors include severity of pain and amount of negative effects on everyday life.|
|Neck||Moderate||£7,410.00 to £47,760.00||Covers injuries that accelerated a pre-existing condition, disc lesions, cervical spondylosis, serious limitation of movement, permanent and/or recurring pain, all caused by fractures or dislocations.|
|Neck||Severe||£56,100.00 to £139,210.00||Serious fractures, severe soft tissue damage, chronic pain conditions, disc damage, partial paraplegia, or significant, permanent disability.|
|Back||Minor||£2,090.00 to £10,670.00||Includes lighter strains, sprains, disc prolapses, and soft tissue injuries. Recovery between 3 months and 5 years.|
|Back||Moderate||£11,730.00 to £26,050.00||Includes: spinal fusion, compressed or fractured lumbar spine (possibly resulting in higher risk of osteoarthritis and constant pain), prolapsed discs and other injuries that may require surgery and a continued acceleration/worsening of a pre-existing back condition.|
|Back||Severe||£36,390.00 to £151,070.00||Typically requires surgery. Injuries include: damaged spinal cord and partial paralysis, psychological issues, loss of bladder and/or bowel function, disc lesions, impaired movement, arthritis, etc.|
|Shoulder||Minor||Up to £6,730.00||Soft tissue injury resulting in pain. Full recovery between 3 – 24 months.|
|Shoulder||Serious||£10,890.00 to £16,380.00||Fractured humerus, clavicle or rotator cuff needing surgery.|
|Shoulder||Severe||£16,380.00 to £40,970.00||Significant disability caused by severe damage to the neck or brachial plexus.|
|Pelvis & hips||Minor||£3,370.00 to £10,750.00||Complete recovery after minor soft tissue injuries. Little or no disability within 2 years.|
|Pelvis & hips||Moderate||£10,750.00 to £33,430.00||No serious disability, but covers injuries requiring hip operations, replacement of hips (or the need for either in the future).|
|Pelvis & hips||Severe||£33,430.00 to £111,690.00||Severe hip/pelvis fractures resulting in bowel damage or spinal fusion, childbirth complications, hip replacement, and/or leading to higher likelihood of future surgery.|
|Scarring (not facial)||Minor||£2,020.00 to £7,380.00||One noticeable scar or several superficial, unsightly scars on the legs, arms, or hands.|
|Scarring (not facial||Moderate||Up to £7,380.00||Full recovery within 2 years, up to a partial recovery with symptoms that are not largely debilitating.|
|Scarring (not facial||Severe||£6,680.00 to £19,390.00||Several noticeable laceration scars or a single disfiguring scar.|
Motorcycle accident compensation amounts for arm, hand, and finger injuries
|Part of body||Severity of injury||Amount of compensation||Types of injuries|
|Arm||Mild||£5,630.00 to £16,380.00||Fractured forearm.|
|Arm||Moderate||£16,380.00 to £33,430.00||Serious arm injury leading to long-lasting symptoms.|
|Arm||Serious||£33,430.00 to £111,690.00||Serious injury resulting in an inability to use the arm(s) to some extent. Does not result in amputation.|
|Arm||Severe||£82,040.00 to £255,930.00||Results may include the amputation of one/both arms. Compensation amount will depends on amputated area, whether phantom pain is experienced, and on other effects on the quality of life.|
|Elbow||Moderate||Up to £10,750.00||Includes: tennis elbow, deep cuts, simple fractures, no permanent damage.|
|Elbow||Serious||£13,360.00 to £27,320.00||Results in restricted movement but does not require surgery or cause disability.|
|Elbow||Severe||£33,430.00 to £46,780.00||Injury causes severe disability or requires surgery.|
|Wrist||Moderate||Up to £8,740.00||Uncomplicated Colles fracture or minor undisplaced fractures with recovery between 1 – 2 years. May include use of plasters.|
|Wrist||Serious||£10,750.00 to £20,900.00||Soft tissue damage or broken wrist causing some permanent disability.|
|Wrist||Severe||£20,900.00to £51,070.00.||Significant permanent disability or complete loss of wrist function.|
|Hand||Minor||Up to £4,050.00||Covers lacerations and crush injuries, and soft tissue injuries (recovery within 6 months).|
|Hand||Moderate||£4,780.00 to £11,330.00||Covers penetrating wounds and crush injuries resulting in permanent but non-intrusive symptoms, or soft tissue damage and deeper cuts resulting in impairment of the hand (may require surgery).|
|Hand||Severe||£24,740.00 to £171,920.00||Covers amputation and rejoining of several fingers, resulting in a clawed, impaired, or unsightly hand, amputation of one/both hands (alternatively, amputation of several fingers rendering the hand almost useless).|
|Finger||Minor||Up to £4,055.00||Includes: full-healed fractured finger bones (healed within 1 year) with/without minor scarring.|
|Finger||Moderate||£3,370.00 to £5,000.00||Includes: complete (or almost complete) recovery after broken finger, amputation or loss of a part of the little finger.|
|Finger||Severe||£10,380.00 to £31,350.00||Includes: complete amputation of one/more fingers, fractures of the index finger. Compensation depends on level of disability and suffering.|
|Thumb||Minor||Up to £4,055.00||Short-term, severe pain gone within 3 months.|
|Thumb||Moderate||£3,370.00 to £10,750.00||Covers fractures with recovery within 6 months, damage to nerves or tendons resulting in partial loss of sensation, and cosmetic thumb deformities.|
|Thumb||Severe||£10,750.00 to £46,780.00||Partial/complete amputation of the thumb, surgical wire insertions, nerve damage, fractures, inability to grip.|
Motorcycle accident compensation amounts for leg and foot injuries
|Part of body||Severity of injury||Amount of compensation||Types of injuries|
|Leg||Minor||£7,780.00 to £12,010.00||Minor injuries with recovery within a few months (e.g. soft-tissue injuries, bruising, cuts, and contusions). Slightly more severe injuries such as simple fractures of the femur, tibia, or fibula.|
|Leg||Moderate||£15,320.00 to £46,780.00||Minor fractures with partial recovery, serious soft tissue injury, injuries to one leg (e.g. broken bones, crushing injuries), ligament injuries, compound fractures leading to near certainty of arthritis or instability.|
|Leg||Severe||£46,780.00 to £240,590.00||Severe injuries resulting in extensive degloving, bone grafting, permanently reduced mobility, or amputation of one/both legs (above/below the knee).|
|Knee||Minor||Up to £11,730.00||Includes soft tissue injuries (recovery within a few months), a twisted knee, lacerations, or bruising resulting in discomfort or pain.|
|Knee||Moderate||£22,340.00 to £37,070.00||Includes: seriously damaged kneecaps, ligaments, or muscles, dislocation, a torn meniscus, acceleration injuries (over several years), resulting in ongoing discomfort or pain.|
|Knee||Severe||£44,470.00 to £82,080.00||Covers constant pain, severe disability, or muscle wastage. Higher compensation if need for surgery or injury effects quality of life.|
|Ankle||Minor||Up to £11,730.00||Smaller fractures, but bone has not been displaced. May include sprains, injured ligaments (likely leads to scarring). Smaller injuries can allow for full recovery within a year, without any scarring.|
|Ankle||Moderate||£11,730.00 to £42,710.00||Includes ligament tears, fractures, leading to smaller disabilities while standing/moving. Increased risk of osteoarthritis. Operation/cast needed. May lead to inability to work or call for special footwear.|
|Ankle||Severe||£42,710.00 to £59,480.00||Severe injury resulting in deformities, disabilities, or even amputation of the body part down the line.|
|Achilles||Minor||£6,200.00 to £10,750.00||Minor instability due to tendon damage around the ankle. Some more severe cases might involve scarring.|
|Achilles||Moderate||£10,750.00 to £17,970.00||More serious injury and partially ruptured tendon. More severe cases tend to involve disability and/or permanent scarring.|
|Achilles||Severe||£21,320.00to £32,780.00||Restricted movement of the ankle due to severed muscle tissue. Small likelihood of further improvement of limp and residual scarring.|
|Foot||Minor||Up to £11,730.00||Includes: minor fractures, lacerations or contusions (with complete recovery within 2 years), ruptured ligaments or other puncture wounds that result in chronic pain or a permanent limp.|
|Foot||Moderate||£11,730.00 to £59,730.00||Includes: metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent deformity and ongoing symptoms, fractured heels (both), restricted mobility, degloving and heel fusion.|
|Foot||Severe||£71,640.00 to £171,920.00||Injury needing amputation of one/both feet or traumatic amputation of the forefoot (to prevent need for complete amputation).|
|Toe||Minor||Up to £8,190.00||One or more broken toes with a varying recovery period. Compensation depends on presence of long-term symptoms and speed of recovery.|
|Toe||Moderate||£8,190.00 to £11,730.00||Multiple fractures, crush injuries to two/more toes, permanent disability. May have involved unsuccessful past operations.|
|Toe||Severe||£11,730.00 to £47,830.00||Severe crush injuries leading to less/surgical amputation of one or two toes (not including the big toe), amputation of all toes or the big toe.|