Motorcycle Accident Claims

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident where someone else was wholly or partly to blame, you may be owed compensation.

Being injured in a motorcycle accident can leave a lasting impact on you and your family. Not only will you be dealing with the physical consequences of your injuries, but there are also likely to be other issues to contend with, such as having to pay for medical treatment or being unable to work. Depending on the extent of your injuries, these issues could be short-term or lifelong.

If your motorbike accident was someone else’s fault, then it is possible you might be owed compensation. This can be used to help fund your recovery, as well as replacing lost income that was caused by your accident.

Get expert help to make a motorbike accident claim

WSP Solicitors’ expert Personal Injury Claims team are highly experienced in pursuing motorcycle accident claims for a wide range of clients. We can help you find out if you may be owed compensation, then take decisive action to get you the money you are owed.

Your claim will be run by one of our qualified personal injury lawyers, Demelza PallantLisa Walton or John Davies. They each have over 10 years’ experience in the industry, so you are guaranteed to get someone working for you who is qualified and able to provide you with the very best legal advice.

We have a strong track record of success, regularly securing substantial motorcycle accident compensation for our clients. With accreditation from APIL – The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, you can be assured we have the expertise to handle your claim effectively.

Take advantage of our no win no fee motorcycle accident claim funding

We offer no win, no fee funding for motorcycle accident claims, so there is no upfront cost or financial risk to you when pursuing a claim with WSP Solicitors.

Find out more about funding your personal injury claim.

Have a free initial consultation with our motorcycle accident solicitors

We know that the thought of taking legal action can be intimidating and confusing, especially when dealing with the consequences of an injury. That’s why we offer a free initial consultation with our team, so you can ask any questions you have and find out if you may be able to claim before deciding whether to take action.

Request a free initial consultation with our motorcycle accident lawyers using our simple enquiry form.

Looking for a quick answer to a motorbike accident question?

Take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs or feel free to ask us what you want to know and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Confused by any terminology you’ve heard? Check out our guide to personal injury claims jargon for clear explanations of all the key terms.

Book your free consultation with our expert motorcycle accident solicitors

To book your free initial consultation with our motorbike accident claims team, please contact your local WSP Solicitors office in Gloucester, Stroud or Dursley, or use our simple enquiry form and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Types of motorcycle accident claims we can assist with

Our expert motorcycle accident lawyers can advise on all types of motorcycle accident claims, including:

  • Work related motorcycle accident claims
  • Traffic collision claims
  • Hit and run motorcycle claims
  • Head or brain injury claims
  • Defective road surface claims
  • Motorbike spinal injury claims
  • Neck injury claims
  • Fatal motorbike accident claims

To find out more about our specific expertise in the type of claim you need assistance with, please get in touch.

How motorcycle accident claims work

Finding out if you are owed motorbike accident compensation

If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you are not automatically entitled to claim compensation. It needs to be proved that someone else was wholly or partly responsible for the accident.

Our motorcycle accident solicitors can discuss the circumstances of your accident during a free initial consultation, helping to clarify whether you may be in a position to make a claim. If this is the case, we can collect all of the necessary evidence that will be used to help secure compensation.

Gathering evidence to support your motorcycle accident claim

Your motorcycle accident claim will rely on various different types of evidence to be substantiated.

Types of evidence we will typically rely on include:

  • Your testimony about the accident
  • Testimony from other eyewitnesses (such as other road users, passengers, police officers)
  • Examination by independent medical experts to confirm the nature and extent of your injuries
  • CCTV footage and any other documentary evidence of the accident

Our motorcycle accident solicitors will make sure that all of the appropriate evidence is carefully collated and presented so that no minor detail is left out. This will help to ensure that you have a robust claim that gives you the best chance of a positive resolution.

Working out how much motorcycle accident compensation you can claim

We appreciate how important it is to understand how much compensation you are likely to be entitled to following a motorbike accident. To this end, our team will be able to offer an estimate of the likely damages you can expect during your initial consultation.

When your claim is underway, we will calculate a more precise valuation of the damages. This is known as ‘assessing quantum of damages’ or ‘assessing quantum’.

The damages for motorcycle accident injuries generally fall into two categories:

General damages – For non-financial losses, such as pain and suffering, losing the ability to carry out normal activities (known as ‘loss of amenity’) and reduced quality of life.

Special damages – For specific financial losses, such as medical fees, rehabilitation costs, care fees, lost income and reduced future earning capacity.

For more information on what you can claim for a motorcycle accident, please take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs.

Using the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents

For road traffic accident claims, including motorcycle accidents, valued between £1,000 and £25,000 where the defendant accepts liability, it may be possible to deal with the claim through the Ministry of Justice’s Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents.

The Pre-Action Protocol is designed to streamline the claims process, avoiding the need for court proceedings where possible. Claims can be resolved much faster and with less additional costs.

Our motorcycle accident solicitors are experienced in using the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents, so can advise whether it is applicable to your motorcycle accident claim. If so, we can carefully guide you through the entire process.

Seeking an out-of-court settlement for your motorcycle accident claim

Where claims do not fall within the parameters of the Pre-Action Protocol, our team will still work to secure a settlement out of court. This means that we can secure the maximum compensation for our clients, while keeping legal costs and the involved to a minimum.

Taking a motorcycle accident claim to court

In the unlikely event that we cannot reach a settlement for your motorcycle accident claim, or the defendant refuses to accept liability, court proceedings may be required to secure the compensation you deserve.

If court proceedings are necessary, we will work alongside you to help build an effective case and provide close personal support during what we know can be a difficult time. If any hearings take place, we will make sure that you have expert representation, so you can be confident that your claim has the best chance of a positive outcome.

Common questions about motorcycle accident claims

Is there a time limit for motorbike accident claims?

The time limit for motorcycle accident claims is normally three years from the date of your injury. That being said, there are certain circumstances which could give you longer to make a claim, including where:

  • You realise that you were injured and/or someone else was to blame at a later date
  • You were under 18 at the time your motorcycle accident occurred
  • You are claiming on behalf of someone left without the mental capacity to claim themselves (e.g. due to a head or brain injury)
  • You need to claim on behalf of someone who died in a fatal motorcycle accident

For a more in-depth explanation of personal injury claim time limits and the various exceptions, please take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs.

Can I claim compensation for a motorcycle accident that was partly my fault?

So long as it can be proved that someone else was at least partly to blame for the injuries you suffered in your motorcycle accident, you should be able to make a claim.

The level of compensation you receive will depend on the portion of blame the other party is perceived to be responsible for. For example, if you and the other party are both deemed to be equally at fault, then you would be able to claim half the compensation you would have been able to if the other party was wholly responsible.

For a more in-depth explanation of claiming compensation where you were partially at fault, please take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs.

How long does a motorcycle accident claim take?

The time it takes for your motorcycle accident claim to be resolved will depend on your individual circumstances and whether the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents can be used. Some matters may be resolved in months, but other may take upward of two years, especially if the defendant refuses to accept liability.

If you are in immediate need of funds to cover medical costs, replace lost income or meet other essential costs, we may be able to secure interim payments while your claim is ongoing if the defendant accepts liability.

Can I claim compensation for someone who died in a fatal motorcycle accident?

Yes, if someone you were dependent upon died in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to claim compensation. You will normally have three years from the date of death to do so.

Fatal motorcycle accident compensation can cover costs such as:

  • Funeral costs
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of the deceased’s income
  • Loss of financial benefits (such as pension income)
  • Loss of non-financial benefits (e.g. if the deceased was your carer)

Find out more about making a fatal accident claim.

Can I claim motorcycle accident compensation for a hit and run?

Yes, if you were injured in a hit and run accident, you can normally make a claim through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB). The MIB operates an Untraced Drivers Agreement to award compensation for victims of hit and run accidents.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers can advise you on whether you will be eligible to make a claim under the MIB’s Untraced Drivers Agreement and assist you with making an application.

Can I claim compensation from an uninsured driver?

If your motorcycle accident was caused by an insured driver, then you can make a claim under the MIB’s Uninsured Drivers Agreement.

Our motorcycle accident lawyers can work alongside you to help you find out whether you are able to claim under the MIB’s Uninsured Drivers Agreements and guide you through the entire claims process.

Will claiming motorcycle accident compensation affect my means-tested benefits?

It is possible that receiving motorcycle accident compensation will affect your right to means-tested benefits due to your changed financial position. However, this can be avoided by placing any awarded compensation into a Personal Injury Trust, which will ring-fence the funds and prevent them from being counted for means-testing.

Setting up a Personal Injury Trust is something our expert trust lawyers can assist with.

Didn’t find the answer you were looking for?

Take a look at our personal injury claims FAQs or feel free to ask us what you want to know and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Book your free consultation with our expert motorcycle accident solicitors

To book your free initial consultation with our motorcycle accident claims team, please contact your local WSP Solicitors office in Gloucester, Stroud or Dursley, or use our simple enquiry form and we’ll get back to you promptly.


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