£155,000 Compensation for Injured Biker and Pillion Rider

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Adele Farnaby

Personal Injury Associate

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A Motorbike Accident Claim Case Study – Client Situation

A man in his 30s was riding his motorbike with his wife riding as pillion passenger when a car travelling in the opposite direction attempted to turn across their path. The car collided with the side of the motorbike which caused both the biker and the pillion passenger to be  thrown off the motorbike, landing on the road.

The biker suffered multiple injuries, including broken bones and grazes over his right knee and legs that have left scarring. He was immediately taken to the Accident & Emergency Department at a nearby hospital after the accident and had to undergo surgery.

He also suffered from headaches and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and while he has now recovered from the PTSD, he still suffers from anxiety and a low mood.

His injuries were so severe that he wasn’t able to work for 17 months and he was unable to carry out many daily activities or sports without experiencing pain. He had to undergo physiotherapy to help him manage the pain in his right leg, knee and back.

His wife, the pillion rider, sustained a leg fracture in the motorbike accident and required surgery which involved the insertion of a metal rod. The surgery left scars on her leg and knee and she continues to suffer from a limp and significant pain in her lumbar spine and both hips.

In addition to this, she also suffered damage to her teeth and had to have remedial dental work carried out on the NHS. She also suffered from PTSD as a result of the accident and underwent psychological treatment to attempt to treat this. Unfortunately she continues to suffer from a phobia of riding a motorcycle as well as depression, anxiety and loss of confidence.

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How We Helped

The couple approached our Motorbike Accident Solicitors for help with claiming compensation from the driver. Susan Vanden, Partner and Road Traffic Accident Technical Manager, reviewed the details of their claim and agreed to represent them on a No Win, No Fee basis.

Once funding was in place, we were able to proceed with investigations into the accident and subsequently we approached the driver’s insurance company. We presented the case to them and  argued that the accident was caused as a result of the car driver’s negligence. Specifically, we said the driver failed to notice the presence of the motorbike, which had been correctly proceeding at the time, and that the driver of the car attempted a turn when it wasn’t safe to do so.

The car driver admitted liability (fault) for the accident. We calculated an appropriate amount of compensation based on the severity of their personal injuries and the financial losses they had sustained.

To help with this, we arranged for medical examinations and reports to be carried out by a GP, an Orthopaedic Surgeon, a Plastic Surgeon and a Dental Surgeon which detailed the extent of our clients’ injuries and treatment needs. We also assessed the financial impact of the couple’s injuries, including the effect of their loss of income, medical expenses and their care and rehabilitation costs.



The Outcome

The rider of the bike was awarded £65,000 in compensation. This reflected the financial loss, damage and personal injury he had experienced. Additionally, it factored in and gave him the means to access the treatment that he still needs.

For instance, he is still distressed by the image of his wife lying in the road injured following the accident and continues to suffer from PTSD, otherwise referred to as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

If you or a loved one has had a motorcycle accident, our Motorcycle Accident Solicitors can help you to make a compensation claim. It doesn’t matter if you were driving the motorcycle or riding pillion, we can help you. Our team are experts in dealing with motorcycle accident claims, which is a highly specialised area of law. We’ve got passionate bikers in our team who understand what it means to be a biker and have a good insight into some of the issues bikers face on the roads.

They work hard to get the best outcomes for injured bikers, such as access to specialist medical treatment and physiotherapy and adaptations to bikes so they can continue to ride after serious or life changing injuries.

Our friendly team can be contacted to discuss this further with you on 0808 239 6443. Alternatively, you can request a call back.

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Adele Farnaby

Personal Injury Associate

Adele is an Associate in our Multi-Track Personal Injury team, specialising in helping people who have sustained serious injuries after a road traffic accident.

She has significant experience of helping clients who have sustained serious injury, in particular those who have developed chronic pain syndrome, fibromyalgia and psychiatric issues after being involved in a traumatic accident.


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