£35,000 Compensation for Motorcycle Accident Injury

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Susan Vanden

Partner, Road Traffic Accident Technical Manager

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Motorcycle Accident Injuries can be really serious, depending on how bad the accident was. When you compare them to cycling accidents, motorcycle accidents happen at higher speeds, and due to the weight of the motorcycle itself. For this reason, injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident can sometimes require more specialist treatment, and more rehabilitation and care, all of which costs money.

This is why many people each year claim compensation for Motorcycle Accident Injuries, so that they are able to cover the costs of the treatment, rehabilitation and care they need as a result of their injures. In addition, depending on the severity of the injuries, the victim may sometimes even have to take time off work to get treatment, or their earning may be limited due to a condition developed because of their accident. This is one of the financial losses a motorcycle accident could cause.

Claiming compensation could help you cover these costs, as well as claiming back the money you’ve lost due to either being unable to work or due to the accident’s effect on your earning potential.

It’s also important to realise that, even if the accident was a hit and run, you can still claim compensation. There doesn’t have to be a driver involved, and you don’t have to be in contact with them if you claim compensation via the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.

At the end of the day, no one should have to be the victim of a motorcycle accident, especially one that was avoidable, and where someone else was liable for the damage and injuries caused to you. That’s why the claims system is set up to help you make a claim as simply and easily as possible.

It’s always good to have a legal team in your corner, to help you fully understand what’s going on with your claim at all times. This way, you won’t have to deal with the stress of wondering which stage your claim is at and what’s going to happen next. We’ll keep you updated at all times, making sure you’re prepared for every stage of the process, so we can take some of that weight off your shoulders.

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A Motorcycle Accident Claim Case Study - Client Situation

Ms P was a passenger on a motorcycle being ridden by her partner when the driver of a car suddenly pulled across their path. She fell off the bike and went over the top of the car, before landing heavily on the ground.

Ms P suffered several injuries in the motorcycle accident, including:

  • Lacerations and scarring to her right shoulder
  • A sprain on her right wrist
  • A distal radius fracture on her dominant hand
  • Bruising of the knees

Ms P also suffered psychological problems following the accident, and was left with permanent discomfort and restricted movement in her wrist. But thankfully, no further surgery or treatment was needed following the motorcycle accident.

The psychological scars Ms P was left with are expected when it comes to motorcycle accidents. These events are traumatising for victims, usually leaving them with some form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depending on the severity of the accident. This can cause people involved in Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) to be afraid to drive, or ride their motorcycle, again.

Ms P got in touch with our team of expert Motorcycle Accident Lawyers for a free claims assessment, where we discussed her situation and how we could help. We felt she had a good chance of successfully claiming compensation for her injuries and their impact on her life, and agreed to help her on a No Win, No Fee basis.

We understand how stressful and difficult these cases are, which is why we always aim to create a safe space during our discussions, in which our clients are able to come to us with any legal worries and concerns, and we will listen and advise accordingly.  

How We Helped

I approached the car driver’s insurance company with details of our claim and they admitted liability (fault) for the accident. This meant we could settle the claim without Ms P having to go through the added expense and stress of going to Court.

I arranged medical assessments for Ms P, so independent medical experts could examine her and write up detailed reports on her injuries.

In addition, I looked at how the motorcycle accident had affected her financially. For example, she’d racked up costs by travelling to medical appointments, replacing damaged clothing and being forced to miss holidays that had been booked.

She was also unable to work for some time following the motorbike accident, so we claimed for loss of her earnings, as well as the cost of care and assistance that was provided by her family, as this went over and above what might usually be expected.

Loss of earnings is an important part of compensation claims, and one which many victims often don’t think about until we bring it to their attention. In fact, it’s just as tangible and easy to prove as the injuries and/or conditions caused by an accident.

The fact is, many injuries and conditions sustained in motorcycle accidents cause people to have time off work to rest and recover. Whether the accident causes fatigue and brain fog, or whether it triggers chronic pain issues in the victim, these can mean they need to take time off work to get better, meaning they’re losing out on earning money during that time.

In addition, things like fatigue, brain fog and chronic pain can all impact someone’s ability to work well and efficiently. This may mean someone is let go from a job, or it may mean they are only able to work part-time, in short bursts, due to their injuries or condition. Again, this means the person’s earning abilities will be capped, thus having an effect on their financial health and consequently, their quality of life.

All of these things should be mentioned and evidenced in a compensation claim, as they should be reimbursed and covered by compensation.

The Outcome

At first, the car driver’s insurance company offered to settle for £20,000 compensation but this offer was rejected. Following further negotiations, we persuaded them to award a total of £35,000 in compensation, and Ms P accepted this.

This reflected the severity of her injuries and what she’d been through, and puts her back in a position to move on and rebuild her life.


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Susan Vanden

Partner, Road Traffic Accident Technical Manager

Areas of Expertise:
Road Traffic Accidents

Susan specialises in managing road traffic accident cases, and mainly represents pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists in multi-track cases, as well as clients who have developed chronic pain syndrome and sustained organic injuries.

She also supports junior members of staff across the department.

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