Motorcycle accidents often involve serious injury and motorcyclists need specialist legal support and expertise to help them secure the maximum compensation and best possible rehabilitation after the accident.
Our guide below outlines your legal rights if you’ve been injured in an accident.
A Dedicated Motorcycle Accident Claim Team
Our dedicated motorbike accident team are used to dealing with bikers and bike claims, and have settled motorcycle claims for over £1million in cases where injuries have been catastrophic and life-changing.
We don’t just focus on the compensation but we make sure you receive all the care and rehab you need after the accident, and we’ll even recover compensation to pay for adaptations to your home if required.
As one of the top UK law firms committed to fighting on behalf of injured people against big multinational insurers, our service is recommended by 98% of our previous clients and we have industry-leading review scores.
Contact us today to find out how we can help you.
According to government statistics motorcyclists, per mile ridden, are almost 40 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident than people in cars. This is an alarming statistic and demonstrates how serious injuries can be for motorcyclists.
Fortunately, the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on the roads in the UK has declined since 2008 when there were 493 deaths and 5,556 serious injuries. The most recent data compiled in 2013 showed 331 motorcyclists killed and 4,866 seriously injured.
While bikes make up only 1% of road traffic they represent 18% of all serious injuries and fatalities. Junctions are particularly dangerous spots with 30 motorcyclists killed or injured each day in the UK.
There can be a number of causes for motorbike accidents but the most common include accidents caused by:
- Motorists filtering
- Road spillages such as diesel
- Potholes or defective road surfaces
- Opening car doors
- Exiting junctions
- Hit and run collisions
Our specialist legal team are familiar with all motorcycle claim circumstances and will be able to provide you the best support and advice on your claim whatever the cause. We’ve even won claims where the other side have argued the motorcyclist was driving too fast.
Motorcyclists have much less protection than car occupants so in collisions involving both types of vehicle it is almost always the motorcyclist that comes of worse, and often much worse. The nature of these types of injuries requires a particularly skilled lawyer with extensive experience in handling the sensitivity and serious nature of your situation.
Our motorcycle accident solicitors have dealt with cases that include brain and head injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and severe bone fractures, all of which can be life-changing for the injured person and their family.
We work on a no-win no-fee basis so you don’t need to worry about costs when we’re on your side.
No matter how long the claim takes to settle – and more serious injuries can take many months or even years – we’ll request interim payments to help with household finances, loss of earnings, and medical treatment.
What Can I Claim For?
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident then you can make a claim for the injuries suffered as well as for any other losses or costs incurred as a result of the accident or subsequent treatment and rehabilitation.
Our specialist motorcycle solicitors will go through a schedule of losses with you in order that we can make sure that every possible cost and all the damages are included in the claim put to the third party insurers.
Some of the things you can claim for are:
- The injuries sustained in the accident.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health problems caused by the accident.
- Damage to your bike and clothing and other personal possessions.
- Lost earnings during your rehabilitation and if you are unable to work for a period of time.
- Medical care and costs of rehab (including travelling to and from medical appointments)
- Any ongoing care as a result of long term injuries
Average Settlement Amounts
The amount of compensation awarded in each case depends on many of the factors listed above. Most commonly the compensation amount is affected by the scale and severity of the injuries.
The compensation for injuries is determined by the Judicial College guidelines and are set over broad ranges based on the injury type – this is where the experience and ability of our solicitors and their legal negotiating skills mean you recover the maximum possible compensation.
Insurers want to settle at much lower amounts and our job working for you is to make sure we get as much as possible and we regularly settle claims at amounts many times higher than the original insurer offer.
We have a personal injury claim calculator that will show you the range that your injury fits into as a guide for how much you might be entitled to claim.
Don’t forget there will also be any medical costs and ongoing care, loss of earnings, and much more to add into these amounts.
An accurate valuation cannot be provided until we have received reports from medical experts. If you have multiple injuries, then again at settlement stage our experienced solicitors will advise you of the settlement parameters.
Calculate how much you could claim
To make a claim with Bott and Co simply give us a call on 01625 415850 for new claims or complete our request a callback form and we’ll get in touch with you.
Our friendly client first response team will speak with you initially to take some details of the accident and injuries and assess whether it’s something we can help you with. They will also talk you through the claims process in more detail and answer any questions you have.
Following that initial assessment your case will be passed to our legal manager who will contact you to discuss the specifics of the accident and injuries in order to begin building a strong case and to help determine the value of your claim.
We will arrange for you to attend a medical appointment to assess the extent of the injuries – this is a legal requirement for all personal injury claims.
The medical report is crucial in identifying the severity of the injuries and the likely recovery time plus any ongoing care or rehab requirements you might need. This information will then form the main part of the compensation claim.
If you need rehab then we will arrange for the best possible rehabilitation care for you as part of the claim with us. On most occasions we can arrange this without you having to pay for it, we simply present the invoice to the third party insurers.
We will also look at any long term adaptations to your home if you need them – for example wheelchair accessibility, shower and toilet adaptations.
Once your lawyer has valued the claim they will negotiate a favourable settlement. On occasions proceedings may need to be issued to ensure you receive the settlement you are entitled to. You will be advised of all appropriate steps through the claim.
For claims valued at less than £25,000 there is a claims portal process set out by the Ministry of Justice that enables a fast track service – this means these cases can often be settled in less than 6 months.
Anything over this amount (which is quite often the case in motorcycle accidents due to the nature of the injuries) follows a different procedure and because of the serious nature of some injuries, this leads to longer settlement times.
For much more serious injuries the claims can take up to several years as it’s not possible to settle a claim for the maximum amount until the medical position is clear in terms of the prognosis.
When possible we will always secure interim payments so you’ll not be out of pocket. Our legal team will negotiate with the other side to ensure you have sufficient funds to put you back in the same position as you were before the incident.
Why Choose Bott and Co
Bott and Co have specialist solicitors to work specifically on motorcycle accident claims. Our law firm is ranked the number one in the entire UK for revenue per lawyer – meaning we get you more compensation than other firms, and we do it quicker.
We are one of the leading personal injury and consumer law firms in the country and have won multiple awards for our customer service, technology and innovation, and our specialist legal teams.
If you want someone that understands, and is experienced in, the intricacies of motorcycle accident claims and of settling million-pound cases, making sure we get the most from the insurers, then Bott and Co is the right choice for you.
We hope you never need this guide, but in the unfortunate event you’re involved in a motorcycle accident then there are a number of things to remember to do, depending on the severity of any injury.
Make a note of the vehicle details and registration numbers. Also take the name, addresses and insurance information of any drivers and passengers involved in the incident. If there are any witnesses, ask them for contact information as well.
It’s important to make a note of all the road conditions, weather and visibility at the time of the accident. If you have a camera with you, on your phone for example, then take plenty of pictures of the vehicles, the damage, and the surroundings.
Call For Help:
You may need to call for an ambulance if you or anyone else involved is injured. You should also call the police, they will provide you with an incident number that can be used in your claim as further evidence.
Call us as soon as you can after the accident. We will be able to arrange alternative transport, such as a hire vehicle, and medical and rehabilitation for any injuries sustained. You should also inform your insurers of the incident.
£7,500 in Compensation Recovered
We secured almost £7,500 for a motorcyclist after the insurers offered only £2,500 following a road traffic accident with an RSPCA van.
The claimant was driving his Yamaha motorbike at around 60mph along the A41 in Aylesbury when an RSPCA van in front of him suddenly turned right into his path causing him to collide with the side of the van.
Our client was wearing protective clothing which was badly damaged during the accident, and sustained several injuries including bruised ribs and damage to the left hamate (the bond in the wrist).
The motorbike was written off following the damage it sustained and due to the insurance policy that the claimant took out prior to the accident he was only covered for a replacement motorbike and not a car, so had no means of getting to work for five months following the accident.
We recovered damages for injury and financial losses totalling £7,480.41 which includes the cost of travelling to work, damage to clothing, and the cost of buying a replacement vehicle. The defendant’s insurers initially denied liability and only offered an initial £2,512.
However as a result of Bott and Co’s specialist motorbike accident team, we secured three times the amount of compensation than was initially offered.
£1.1million in Compensation Recovered
We settled a motorcycle accident claim for over £1.1million for our client who lost his leg and suffered severe injuries in a collision with another motor vehicle.
Mr F was a fit and healthy engineer who enjoyed a variety of sporting and leisure pursuits. He was a keen motorcyclist and was driving along a 30mph road with a car travelling towards him. Suddenly a motorbike with a sidecar pulled out to overtake the car and drove straight into Mr F.
The injuries were so severe that his leg was almost torn completely off and there were various leg and pelvic fractures plus numerous internal injuries and following several operations over 2 years doctors decided the leg wasn’t able to be saved and it was amputated above the knee.
Ongoing psychological trauma persisted and Mr F suffered deteriorating mental health over the years. The house he and his wife lived in was not suitable for a wheelchair as it had no downstairs bathroom and had steps up to the front door.
Our Legal Manager, Andrew Peters, worked on the case for several years to make sure we were able to secure the maximum possible compensation to account for all the lifestyle adaptations and medical care.
We ultimately settled the claim for £1,132,000 which enabled Mr F to purchase a new property that was wheelchair accessible and make sure he could pay for ongoing care and support.
What documentation is needed in order to recover the cost of my bike repairs/replacements?
In order for us to be successful in recovering the repairs to your bike you will need to provide the following evidence in support:
- A repair estimate or invoice from an independent cycle shop.
- Photographs of the damaged bike to include a wide angle photo showing the make of the bike.
- The approximate age of the bike.
What documentation is needed in order to claim back the replacement cost of damaged clothing etc?
In order to give us the best possible chance of recovering the full value of these items we will require the following:
- Photographs of damaged item, this must show the brand of the item being claimed.
- A screenshot from a motorcycling website showing the cost of replacing the items.
Am I able to recover the full amount I paid for the motorcycle?
We will always aim to recover the highest amounts possible for you. However there are many factors which can affect the amount we are able to recover. One of the main factors affecting the amount recoverable is the age of the motorbike and the wear and tear is factored into the compensation.
The general perception is that the claims are made new for old. Unfortunately this is not the case. In personal injury cases the Defendant is only liable to put you back in the same position you were prior to the accident. Therefore were they to provide you with a brand new motorcycle you would be in a better position than you were prior to the accident.
When am I able to recover the cost of replacing my bike/damaged items?
We are able to make an interim payment on your behalf as soon as we are in receipt of the appropriate evidence in support. Please note that your opponent is under no obligation to make this payment until liability is admitted and they are satisfied that the evidence provided is sufficient to enable them to release such payment.
Can I claim for travel expenses if my usual mode of transport is my motorcycle?
Yes. We are able to make a claim for any reasonable travel expenses incurred whilst without your bike. Details of any expenses incurred must be kept such as receipts, without these we may experience difficulties in recovering the full amount.
Can I continue to get a taxi to work even after my motorbike is repaired?
In circumstances where your injuries are preventing you from riding your motorcycle then you are able to continue to incur reasonable expenses.
Will my details be kept confidential at all times?
Yes. We will never pass your details onto third parties without your expressed consent.
Please note that in order to progress your case we will need to pass your details onto your opponent. In order to aid your recovery and progress your claim we will also be required to pass your details onto a medical agency and rehabilitation provider.
Will I have to have a medical?
In most cases you will be required to attend a medical appointment. In order for us to accurately value your case and provide you with sound advice we will require sight of an independent medical report.
In a small minority of cases pre-medical offers are made to entice early settlement of the case. There are not necessarily reflective of the value of your case and therefore we do not advise acceptance of them. Each individual offer will be assessed on a case by case basis and upon receipt of any such offer you will be provided with advice accordingly.
What does No Win No Fee actually mean?
It’s simple. When you instruct one of our expert solicitors to make a claim on your behalf, it won’t cost you a penny. So in the unlikely event that we handle your case and your claim is unsuccessful, we won’t charge you a thing. When your claim is successful, we take our fees from the amount that you are awarded before we pay the compensation into your bank account, so you never have to deal with legal bills or any hidden costs.
What does it cost me to claim?
We limit the costs we can charge on your case under the terms of our Conditional Fee Agreement. This means that however much work we need to do to settle your claim we will never charge you more than 25% of the total compensation you are awarded. The result is that you get the best possible service whilst retaining the majority of your compensation, without ever having to worry about finding the money to pay an unexpected hefty legal bill.
In the event that you are not already insured with ATE (After the Event Legal Expense Insurance) then you will also need to purchase this to cover any costs that you need to pay to the other side. Purchasing ATE also means that you are insured if we do not win your claim, meaning that you won’t have to pay us a penny in the unlikely event that this happens.
What is a medical report and why do I need one?
A medical report is an official document written by a medical professional who has carried out an assessment of your injuries, including any injuries you may have sustained as a result of your accident.
We need to have a medical report in order to be able to carry out a thorough assessment of your case and to ensure that we are able to recover the appropriate amount of compensation for you. Without a medical report the insurer will not be able to make an offer, as they will have no evidence to work out the loss.
Will I have to have a medical?
Yes, we always advise that you receive a medical assessment in order for us to recover the appropriate amount of compensation for your injuries. We’ll arrange your medical appointment for you at a location that’s as convenient for you as possible.
Can you take over a case from my current solicitors?
Yes. In most circumstances we can take over a case from your current solicitor, but this does depend on the exact circumstances of your case and the stage that it is currently at. You can always call us to ask whether we can take over your case; our advice is free and you are under no obligation.
Will I receive any help in recuperating from my injuries?
On most occasions we will arrange for your medical assessments and any physiotherapy or rehabilitation that you might need. The costs of these services will be submitted to the other side for funding.
How many people do I have to speak to about my claim?
If you’ve had an accident or personal injury, you’ll know the catastrophic effect it can have – not only on your life but on your loved ones too. We understand that choosing the right solicitor is a personal choice, and one that’s not to be made lightly.
When you choose Bott and Co, you choose to have your own dedicated lawyer to be there to support you sympathetically and with respect, from the moment you begin your claim, to the day that your compensation is paid into your bank. Once we have accepted your personal injury claim, we strive where possible for you to only ever speak to your allocated lawyer or their assistant to ensure that you’re only dealing with the people who understand your claim inside out.
If I don’t understand something, can I talk to my lawyer at any time?
From the first call, you’ll find a personable, friendly and experienced claims handler ready to understand the nature of your claim. We’ll always try to make the claims process easy to understand, but if you ever have any questions at all you can contact the person dealing with your claim by telephone or email. You don’t need to worry about checking in to find out how your claim is getting along; we’ll keep you up to date on the status of your claim through emails, letters and telephone calls.
Will I have to come to your offices?
In the majority of cases your solicitor will not have to meet with you face-to-face and you will not need to come to our offices. In some, more serious cases however we may send the solicitor dealing with your case to your house to discuss matters in more detail.
Will I have to go to court?
Almost certainly not. For the vast majority of our cases a claimant will never have to appear in court. However, it does remain a small possibility for particularly serious or complicated cases. In the unlikely event that you did have to appear in court, then your lawyer would be present with you every step of the way to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.
Please contact our motorcycle accident team for more information or to arrange a free, no obligation consultation.
Starting his legal career in 1994, Tony brings a wealth of experience to our road traffic accident team. Specialising in dealing with high value cases, Tony has secured a number of settlements in excess of £1million.
He is a member of both Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).