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If you or a loved one have been injured in Motorbike Accident. The consequences can range from the relatively minor to sustaining injuries that can have a devastating impact on a person's life of the like where there may never be a full-recovery.
Obviously ensuring physical and mental well-being should be at the forefront of your mind of those of relatives in the immediate days following the accident, but whether injuries are minor or very severe, at some point thoughts must turn to seeking compensation for any pain and suffering caused as well as to ensure long-term care packages can be designed and implemented where, unfortunately, sometimes, there is the need.
What factors are involved in Calculating Compensation Claims for Motorbike Accident Injuries?
- The severity of the motorcycle injury
- Expenses surrounding treatments given and any expected future treatment required
- State of changes in both physical and mental ability
- Levels of suffering and pain experienced
- Earnings lost as a result of the accident through recovery time and ability to return to work
- All other financial losses including damages to your motorbike and protective equipment, including loss of earnings accumulated.
- other expenses including travel costs and potentially other property damage
How much compensation can you expect for being Injured following a Motorbike Accident?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions, although as each motorbike accident claim is almost certainly always different, it is nearly impossible to identify how much the claimant will receive at the point of the initial assessment.
There are several aspects that are taken into consideration when our experienced team work to determine the total amount of compensation that should be awarded to a claimant. The main factors to be considered are the severity of the injuries sustained, and the financial, physical and emotional impact it has had on you and your family.
It is worth noting that when people make compensation claims with PSR solicitors, they often think about how compensation can help with their physical injuries and loss of earnings. However, the psychological impact of your accident will also be considered when putting together your injury claim.
PSR Solicitors are specialist Motorbike Accident Claim Solicitors and have a long-standing successful track record in settling a varied range of motorbike accident compensation claims.
Compensation for Neck Injuries (Soft Tissue) sustained in a Motorbike Accident
Soft tissue injury with no lasting issues beyond 1 year following the Motorcycle accident:
up to £3,800
Complete Recovery after a couple of years:
£3,800 - £7,000
Recovery taking longer than two years but with only Moderate effects
effects are moderate:
£7,000 - £12,000
Serious on-going problems with ongoing pain, or recurring pain, and surgery may be needed:
£12,000 - £22,000
Compensation for Back Injuries (Soft Tissue) following Motorcycle Injury
Soft tissue injury with a full recovery within 3 months:
up to £2,150
Soft tissue injury with full recovery up to a year following the accident:
up to £3,800
Full recovery between one and two years:
£3,800 - £7,000
Where recovery takes more than two years but the on-going effects are moderate:
£6,900 - £11,000
Serious on-going problems with ongoing pain, or recurring pain. Surgery may be needed with the possibility of prolapsed discs:
£11,000 - £24,500
Compensation for Motorbike Accident Chest Injuries
Fractures of ribs causing pain for a few weeks only:
up to £3,500
Collapsed lungs with a full recovery:
£2,000 - £4,700
Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Arm Injuries
Simple fracture of the forearm:
£5,800 - £17,000
More serious injury with significant disability and without full recovery:
£17,000 - £34,000
Compensation for Leg Injuries following Motorbike Accident
Hairline fracture or non-complex break of bones in the lower leg with complete recovery:
up to £10,500
Simple fracture or break of the femur:
£8,000 - £12,500
More serious fracture or serious soft tissue injury, without full recovery:
£16,000 - £24,500
Compensation for Motorbike Accident Brain Injury
Very serious brain damage
£245,000 - £350,000
£190,000 - £245,000
£37,000 - £190,000
Mild head injury (minimal brain damage)
£1,900 - £11,000
£9,000 - £130,000
How often are people Injured on Motorbikes?
Statistics suggest that motorbike accidents are becoming far more common in the UK.
On average, 30 motorbike accidents occur every day, resulting in fatalities of the motorcycle rider or injuries of all types ranging from minor injury to life-changing injuries from which there will never be a full recovery.
The Department for Transport reports there were 349 reported road fatalities by motorbike users in 2017. To put this into perspective, you are more likely to be killed as a result of a road accident as a motorcyclist than if you were driving a car by 40 times. Recent statistics highlight that whilst motorcyclists only represent approximately 1% of traffic, they account for up to 20% of the accidents caused on our roads.
Fatal accidents often occur late at night or at weekends and generally involved the motorcycle veering off the road, but motorcycle riders can, of course, be involved in a road accident at any time and anywhere. It is also estimated that car drivers are to blame in around two-thirds of all motorbike collisions.
Unfortunately, we cannot stop motorcycle accidents from happening, but we can support you in making a claim for your accident and securing compensation for sustained injuries.
PSR Solicitors can offer you all the support you need to make a compensation claim.
When making a motorbike accident injury claim, calculating the compensation you can expect to receive can be a complex procedure. This is initially based on the seriousness of your injuries and the impact your injuries have on your immediate and future life.
As with all compensation claims, the claims process itself should not be rushed in any way. All circumstances surrounding the incident, liability and the effects that injuries have on the injured person must be taken into account by our experienced solicitors who specialise in motorbike accidents, in order to reach a satisfactory financial settlement for the compensation claim.
Sometimes it is necessary to allow time before the value of the compensation claim can be accurately understood. Time to allow the injured person to recover the fullest extent or time needed to measure the psychological, physical and financial impact of serious injury where life-changing consequences take shape.
Those injuries that are most severe can have lasting effects on those injured and their families. Only when it is understood how life-changing the injuries may be and what the prospects are for making either a full or limited recovery is it possible to finalise the compensation settlement value from the third party for your injury.
Most prevalent causes of Injury to Motorbike Riders and passengers
As suggested, Motorbike accidents can occur in almost any road situation, but time and time again we see similarities in incidents and events that lead to the injury of a person riding a motorcycle. Negligence of to some degree, of either the rider, other drivers or pedestrians often plays a part
Right of way violation incidents
Failure to follow the Highway Code at a three-way intersection. Filtering, junctions and crossroads on the UK road system generally involve changing lanes or manoeuvring prove very dangerous for motorcyclists. These are one of the most common accident claims we receive each year. A lack of awareness from divers of cars, or carelessness of an approaching motorcyclist is often to blame, where drivers don’t check their blind-spot or mirrors.
This is when other drivers tend to be negligent surrounding the need to ‘mirror, signal, manoeuvre’ as stated in The Highway Code. Failing to do so can put others at risk, and if a collision is caused injuring a motorbike rider, then the rider would be eligible to make a claim for compensation. If another road user failed to check their mirror whilst you were filtering through heavy traffic or overtaking, again, PSR solicitors can support you.
Potholes and poorly maintained road surfaces
Damage to a road’s surface can have a much greater impact on motorbike riders than the drivers of any other vehicle. When using two wheels, a poorly maintained surface can easily cause a rider to lose balance or even fall from the bike. If a pothole or sub-standard road surface has caused the accident, you could have a case for claiming compensation from the relevant local authority or private road owner.
This applies when it can be proven that whichever authority is responsible for maintaining road integrity, has neglected their responsibilities. We would always advise those Motorbike riders who have been involved in such an incident, secure as much photographic evidence as is possible surrounding the road surface and damage caused to the motorbike as well.
The depth of the pothole is also important so taking photographs where a ruler is used to provide scale and evidence of the pothole depth is also highly recommended. If the pothole depth is approximately 40mm or more, then it’s worth pursuing a claim.
Anything that makes the road surface slippery or insecure for motorists is a major hazard, but motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable. This could be diesel, oil, or physical obstructions such as brickwork, loose chippings or any debris left on the road. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving an oil spillage or where any other loose materials are involved, PSR Solicitors can help you claim motorbike accident compensation from the third party responsible.
Uninsured driver and hit and run incidents
It is claimed there are over 1 million drivers on the road without insurance, so the probabilities of being involved in an accident with an uninsured driver can be relatively high. With that said, if your accident was caused by an uninsured or untraceable driver, it is still possible to pursue a claim through the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB). You should speak to one of our experienced motorcycle accident claims solicitors immediately if you have been involved in a motorbike accident with an uninsured driver.
Loss of control
Loss of control at bends due to speed and driving at an uncontrollable speed resulting in losing control of the motorbike. Overtaking accidents often caused by other parties careless driving, Impatience and or even tiredness.
Defective motorbikes and equipment
If the cause of a motorcycle accident can be traced back to manufacturing defects you may be able to make a compensation claim against the liable party. However, proving liability will not be easy and you will need one of our experienced Serious injury lawyers to help you determine that the product was at fault, not you as the driver.
Defective helmet design or faults in the manufacturing process could make a helmet more susceptible to failure when it’s protective qualities are needed most. Motorbike Helmet defects could actually cause injuries to be exaggerated if the faulty helmet causes increased pressure to the head or if it offers less protection than it should.
If you believe a defective helmet has failed to protect you or a loved one or has played a role in enhancing the degree of injury. Please do get in touch and discuss your feeling with us.
Car doors opening
If a driver or passenger of a parked vehicle suddenly opens a door into the road and a motorbike rider happens to be passing, it can lead to a serious accident. Again, this is primarily down to the carelessness of the person opening the door without due care for other road users.
Collisions with another vehicle
An accident between a motorcyclist and another motorist can cause very serious injuries or even be fatal. These kinds of accidents are often caused by a lack of care and judgement or dangerous driving.
In most situations, drivers fail to look properly and check for motorcyclists. Incidents with HGVs and other types of larger vehicles are commonly involved in collisions and accidents with motorbikes. In most cases, this is due to the driver finding it difficult to see a motorcyclist in their blind spot(s).
Making a Motorbike Accident Compensation Claim
It is possible to make a claim for injury compensation following a motorbike accident yourself if you are able to. Obviously family, partners or even carers can start the claim process if the injured party is unable to do so.
During the process of working through a motorbike accident compensation claim, medical records will need to be obtained in order to establish the nature of your injuries at the time of the accident and prospects for recovery.
Compensation payouts vary according to the circumstances. With so many factors to consider, it’s almost impossible to state the amount of compensation a person can claim for a motorcycle accident until we have taken a more detailed look at the case.
Each year, hundreds of motorcyclists make successful compensation claims for injuries resulting from many situations. We have real expertise in this area, so please do call us to discuss your situation.
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