£40,000 Compensation Payout in Motorbike Accident Claim

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Susan Vanden

Partner, Road Traffic Accident Technical Manager

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Being injured in a motorcycle accident can be devastating, particularly if you feel you may never be able to ride again. But we want to help you to rebuild your life, and that means helping you get back on the road.

Sadly, riding a motorcycle is the most dangerous method of transport on the road, and riders are 28 times more likely to lose their lives in a fatal crash, compared to other motorists. In 2020, a total of 82,528 motorcycle riders sustained injuries on the road, which means that road safety is more prevalent than ever.

Client Situation

Our client was riding his Honda motorbike when the driver of a Ford Transit van swapped lanes without signalling or warning. The van hit our client’s bike and he was knocked into incoming traffic.

He was thrown to the ground and a car ran over his foot, leaving him with multiple injuries, including fractures in his right foot and skin burns to his left hand.

Due to the accident, he was taken to hospital by ambulance, where a Lisfranc fracture dislocation to his foot was diagnosed. This type of fracture refers to an injury in the midfoot, involving the Lisfranc joint complex. It can lead to pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. Treatment usually involves realigning the bones and may require surgical intervention, depending on the severity of the injury.

He was put in a leg cast and told to attend a fracture clinic, before having further surgery to repair his fractures around 4 weeks later.

Our client had to continue wearing a cast for several more weeks before undergoing physiotherapy. Although the soft tissue injuries he sustained healed within 6 weeks, the scarring he sustained on his hand and right foot was permanent.

He was also left with other lasting symptoms from the motorbike accident, including:

  • swelling
  • discomfort
  • stiffness
  • cramps within his foot

His pain gets worse with physical activity and he now struggles to bear weight on his foot. Furthermore, he has a very high chance of developing osteoarthritis in his foot in the future.

The motorbike accident also had a psychological impact on our client, as he suffered from an adjustment disorder for a year following the accident. His symptoms included low mood and travel anxiety, as well as irritability, frustration and emotional withdrawal.

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To find out more about how we can help following a motorbike accident, get in touch with our road traffic accident team.

How We Helped

The injured biker wanted to claim compensation from the van driver and so he contacted our Road Traffic Accident Solicitors for a free consultation with legal advice. Susan Vanden, our Road Traffic Accident Technical Manager, felt he had a strong case for compensation and agreed to take on his claim.

Our client believed the motorbike accident was caused by the negligence of the van driver, as our client had been correctly proceeding at the time the collision occurred. The van driver had failed to respond to his presence and then attempted to move lanes when it wasn’t safe to do so.

Thankfully, the van driver’s insurers admitted liability (fault) for the accident, which meant the case didn’t have to go to Court. Susan could therefore focus on ensuring his compensation claim could be accurately valued.

Susan and her team arranged independent medical reports from a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Psychologist, who compiled reports outlining his condition and the lasting effects his injuries would have on his life.

The Outcome

Our client was offered a compensation settlement of £40,000 which he happily accepted. Since the van driver’s insurers had admitted liability for the accident, Susan was able to negotiate a settlement that fully reflected the lasting physical, psychological and financial consequences of the accident on our client.

The settlement also took into account other effects of the accident that had been distressing for him. For instance, our client had been unable to see his daughter for around 4 weeks after the accident, and had to cancel a holiday with her because of his injuries, which was upsetting for both of them.

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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 a passenger, 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.

If a family member died in a motorcycle accident, we can support you through the Inquest and attend any criminal Court if we need to. We want you to get justice for your loved one.

For a free claims assessment, contact our Motorcycle Accident Claims Solicitors on 0808 239 6443.


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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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