How Much Could My Motorbike Accident Compensation Payout Be?
This guide sets out when you could claim motorbike accident compensation in a personal injury claim if another motorist has caused you to suffer by breaching their duty of care towards you.
First, you’ll read about how compensation payments are calculated in motorbike accident claims and the criteria that must be proven before you receive a payout.
Then we’ll explain the types of errors that can lead to motorbike road traffic accidents and the types of evidence you might be able to use to prove what happened. Towards the end of the guide, you’ll read about how one of our motorcycle accident solicitors could help you claim on a No Win No Fee basis if your claim is valid.
Our team provides free legal advice about motorbike injury claims as part of a no-obligation initial consultation. To speak with one of our specialists, you may:
- Phone our office on 0151 375 9916.
- Use our free live chat service 24 hours a day.
- Contact us online to tell us about your accident.
Read on for more about motorbike accident compensation but please do call if any questions arise along the way.
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- How Much Could My Motorbike Accident Compensation Payout Be?
- Eligibility Criteria When Claiming For Motorbike Accident Injuries
- How Could Driver Negligence Lead To A Motorbike Accident?
- What Evidence Could Help You Claim Motorbike Accident Compensation?
- No Win No Fee Motorcycle Accident Solicitors Could Help You Claim
- Read More About Potential Motorcycle Accident Claim Amounts
As you might expect, any compensation payout following a motorcycle accident will be based on the extent of your suffering. Each claim is unique. To calculate an amount for your injuries under the general damages head of claim, those responsible for valuing your case will use your independent medical assessment reports along with the Judicial College Guidelines.
The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) can help determine the level of compensation you might be entitled to.
The JCG is a document used by legal professionals and others as it contains guideline brackets for a range of injuries. We have used data from the JCG in our table below and our compensation calculator.
However, motorcycle accident claim amounts can vary significantly, so please don’t use these amounts as guaranteed settlement figures.
Please note that the JCG does not include the top entry.
Injury Type Category Settlement Guideline Bracket Additional Notes
Considerable severe injuries plus special damages. Very Severe Up to £1,000,000 plus Multiple serious injuries that are life altering plus special damages such as a loss of earnings, care costs and home adaptations.
Brain Damage Very Severe £282,010 to £403,990 Likely to include injuries causing quadriplegic cerebral palsy resulting in severe physical and cognitive disabilities. Also covers cases of 'locked in' syndrome with substantially restricted life expectancy.
Amputation of Arms Loss of One Arm (b)(i) Not less than £137,160 Where the claimant has an arm amputated at the shoulder.
Back Severe (i) £91,090 to £160,980 Where spinal cord or nerve root damage results in incomplete paralysis along with significantly impaired, bowel, bladder or sexual function.
Back Moderate (i) £27,760 to £38,780 For example, a prolapsed intervertebral disc that requires remedial surgery.
Pelvis / Hips Severe (i) £78,400 to £130,930 Injuries in this bracket will inevitably lead to substantial disability such as hip deformity that means using a calliper is essential.
Pelvis / Hips Moderate (i) £26,590 to £39,170 The claimant will suffer a significant hip or pelvis injury but, overall, there will not be a major permanent disability.
Neck Severe (ii) £65,750 to £130,930 Where there is serious damage or fractures of the cervical spine's discs that result in considerably severe disabilities.
Knee Severe (ii) £52,120 to £69,730 Where a leg fracture extends to the knee and results in constant and permanent pain and where agility and movement are impaired.
Leg Less Serious (i) £17,960 to £27,760 Serious soft tissue injuries or leg fractures resulting in incomplete recovery.
Claiming Special Damages In Motorbike Accident Claims
If you are awarded general damages, special damages might also be paid as part of any settlement to cover the costs you’ve incurred because of your motorbike injuries.
These could cover:
- Home adaptations to make life easier if you’ve been left disabled.
- Care costs or the cost of support at home.
- Medical and rehabilitation costs linked to your motorbike accident injuries.
- Loss of earnings (including potential future losses).
Any costs you wish to claim back must be proven by way of receipts, bank statements or other financial documents.
If you’d like us to value how much motorbike accident compensation you could be entitled to, why not contact our team today?
In the UK, motorists, including car drivers and motorbike riders, must use the roads in a way that prevents injuries to themselves and others. Generally, this duty can be met by adherence to the rules of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code.
As such, you could be entitled to begin a personal injury claim following a motorbike accident if:
- You were owed a duty of care by a party at the time of your accident.
- The accident only happened because the other party breached that duty; and
- As a result of the breach, you were injured or suffered harm.
Road traffic accident claims can be difficult to prove so it may be worth having a motorcycle accident solicitor on your side. Their legal skills and training can make the claims process easier and could improve your chances of being compensated.
Our solicitors can also help with fatal motorcycle accident claims too, if you’ve lost a loved one in a road traffic accident.
If you’d like us to check if one of our solicitors could help you claim motorbike accident compensation, please feel free to call today.
So, based on the criteria above, motorbike accident compensation claims are only possible for injuries resulting from accidents caused by a driver’s breach of duty.
Therefore, we’ve listed some ways in which accidents involving motorcyclists could result from driver negligence:
- Where a car driver failed to spot you and pulled out at a junction, knocked you off your motorbike and caused you to sustain a neck injury.
- If you suffered a serious back injury after being thrown from your motorbike because a van driver hit you after failing to give way at a junction.
- Where you suffered severe fractures to your legs after your motorbike was knocked over by a speeding bus driver.
Of course, there are many other ways in which motorbike accidents can occur. Therefore, please feel free to call us about motorbike accident compensation even if we’ve not described your incident here.
When starting any type of road traffic accident claim, you must have enough evidence to prove your case is valid. It must show who caused your accident, how it occurred and what injuries resulted.
In motorbike accident compensation claims, this could include:
- Helmet cam or dashcam footage.
- Details of any injuries and medical treatment along with your medical records.
- Contact information for any potential witnesses.
- Information about the other motorist, their vehicle and their insurance cover.
- Photographs of any vehicle damage (at the scene of the accident) as well as your visible injuries.
As part of our free initial assessment of your claim, we’ll review any evidence you’ve collected already. If the case is accepted by one of our solicitors, they may offer to gather any further evidence needed to prove your case.
Please contact us on the number above to speak to one of our specialists about your motorcycle injury claim.
If your motorbike accident compensation claim is valid, a solicitor from our team may offer to help. As such, they may offer to:
- Collect evidence to support your claim.
- Deal with the other party’s insurers on your behalf.
- Make sure your claim is filed on time and in full.
- Keep you up to date about how your claim is progressing.
- Answer any questions you think of during the course of your claim.
Importantly, all accepted claims are handled on a No Win No Fee basis under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Therefore, you:
- Don’t pay any fees for your solicitor’s services upfront, during the claims process or if your case is lost.
- Only pay a success fee if you are compensated. The percentage of your compensation that can be deducted as a success fee is legally capped.
To see if you could make a motorbike accident compensation claim with a No Win No Fee solicitor, you may:
Here are some more of our personal injury claim guides that may prove useful:
- Advice on rear-end collision compensation claims.
- Details about claiming for a road traffic accident on public transport in which you’ve been injured.
- Guidance on how to claim for a passenger injury following a car accident.
Finally, we’ve added some helpful external links below:
- Details about the motorcycle safety campaign from Think!
- Government advice on motorbike safety
- The government provide information on the eligibility criteria to claim Statutory Sick Pay SSP.
You’ve completed our guide about motorbike accident compensation. Please feel free to call if you’ve any additional questions.