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Claiming for a motorbike accident

After a motorbike accident, it can be a difficult and confusing time.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, then Your Legal Friend can help you to pursue a motorcycle compensation claim.

Compared with other road vehicles, motorcycles are more prone to skidding, particularly on slippery road surfaces, such as mud, ice or oil. In a motorcycle accident, a claim can usually be made either against the person or organisation responsible for the spillage.

Motorcyclists are particularly at risk from injuries if they are involved in an accident as they are more exposed and have less protection than other motorists. This lack of protection in the form of features such as seatbelts and headrests has contributed to the higher rates of injuries and fatalities amongst motorcyclists compared with any other group of road users. Although motorcyclists represent only 1% of traffic on the UK’s roads, they account for 19% of the deaths and serious accidents reported each year.

If you’ve been in a bike crash that wasn’t your fault, Your Legal Friend can help you. We’ve been supporting those making personal injury claims for over 20 years and could use our expert knowledge to give your case the best possible chance of success. We understand that a biking accident not only causes physical damage but can affect you emotionally and financially too. We will factor these different aspects into the motorbike accident claims process. From initially reaching out to contact us to your case concluding, you’ll have access to a team that is dedicated to working on your behalf, achieving the best outcome possible for you, and has experience of claiming motorbike accident compensation.

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Alison Saul, Director of Personal Injury leads our Personal Injury and Road Accident teams. A fully qualified solicitor with over 15 years of experience and expertise, Alison is dedicated to achieving the highest levels of compensation for her clients as well as ensuring high quality client care.

Alison is assisted by her team managers, Philip Waters Lee Quinn, Jenna Hargreaves, and Kathryn Langton. Philip, Lee, and Jenna lead legal teams focussing on Road Traffic Accident cases while Kathyrn leads our Personal Injury team. Together they have a wealth of experience in personal injury compensation.

Philip, a qualified solicitor, has over 18 years’ experience in personal injury compensation. Having previously worked for a large insurance company, he has extensive insights in how to engage effectively with insurers to achieve the level of compensation our clients deserve. Philip deals with cases of high value, complex cases, and recently secured £1.6 million in compensation for one of his clients who suffered catastrophic injuries in a road accident.

Lee has over 15 years’ specialist experience in Personal Injury claims and also manages a wide variety of high value, complex cases. Lee has extensive experience of working with insurance companies, acting for both claimants and defendants, and so understands how to secure the highest levels of compensation for the victims of road traffic accidents.

Jenna is a qualified solicitor and has studied to become a barrister. Jenna leads the internal reviews of our case management processes to ensure excellent, efficient case handling and high levels of client satisfaction.

Kathryn, also a qualified solicitor, specialises in accidents at work, public liability and accidents abroad. Kathryn deals with a wide variety of cases, often including accidents that involve serious, complex injuries.

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There are many people injured in accidents each year through no fault of their own and the circumstances will be different in each instance. Our team has extensive experience of successfully managing a wide range of personal injury claims, so we can help you secure the maximum compensation you deserve.

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10 simple steps to claim

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Getting you back on the road
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Assessing the damage to your vehicle
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Arranging your medical assessment
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Updating you on the other driver's admission of liability
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Valuing your losses
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Issuing court proceedingsSending your valuation to the other driver's insurer
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Negotiating the maximum settlement possible
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Sending your valuation to the other driver's insurerIssuing court proceedings
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Confirming your claim has been successful
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Sending you your compensation payment

Your questions... answered

What should I do after a motorbike accident?

A motorbike accident can be a shocking and disorienting event, no matter how small the crash may have been and it can be hard to know what to do after a motorbike accident. It is important to try to remain calm in the aftermath of an accident and try to take down as many details as possible. In a serious collision, the outcome is dictated by the first responders and emergency services. In a minor collision though, it’s important to know what to do in order to retain control of the situation.

Firstly, you must stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in the UK is an offence and carries a penalty. As a priority, ensure that both you and anyone else involved is not hurt and if they are, call the emergency services. Do not move anyone who may be seriously injured. Try to keep anyone involved warm, as they may have gone into shock.

If the damage to the motorbike is minor, it is still important for you to take notes, and photograph evidence in the immediate aftermath as you cannot be sure what the full extent of the damage is when you ride away afterwards.

Try to avoid saying sorry or taking the blame for what happened, until you have the full facts of the situation. It is natural to want to apologise, particularly if you feel you were at fault, but it is best to wait until you are sure.

Finally, seek medical attention, even if you have no obvious injuries, as whiplash can take several days to appear.

If you are in a minor collision, don't assume that you can just leave the scene if your motorbike is drivable; ensure you swap details with the other party, or parties. If damage is caused or injury sustained by anyone and you do not stop and swap details, then you must report the accident within 24 hours at a local police station and to your insurer. If you find out you were hit by an uninsured driver, you'll need to report the accident to the police as well.

Why should I claim compensation for a motorbike accident?

The other driver’s insurance will cover the damage to your motorbike and likely offer you a settlement for any injuries sustained, however insurers are unlikely to offer you a fair sum in the first instance. We seek fair redress on your behalf to ensure that you receive maximum compensation.

Even for minor collisions, you may lose earnings from days off work, or where you have to take annual leave to deal with the repair of your motorbike, which could force you to make alternative travel arrangements and incur additional costs.

How much compensation can I claim for a motorbike accident injury?

It depends entirely on the body part injured, the severity of the injury and the circumstances of the accident. We can give estimates based on previous claims but each case is based on your individual circumstances. The easiest way for us to give you a road accident claims estimate is to speak to you directly. Your claim will be estimated based on the nuances of your case and an experienced advisor can give you the best idea of how much you could claim.

Who can make a motorbike accident compensation claim?

If you were involved in a collision and it wasn’t your fault, you should be able to make a claim for motorbike accident compensation. As long as the accident happened within the past 3 years and you have documentation of your involvement, you can make a claim.

What to do when someone hits your motorbike in a car park?

If your motorbike is damaged while parked up and the damage is significant, you should report it to the police. They can then review CCTV of the area and find the culprit who damaged your motorbike in order to make a claim against them and their insurers.  Unfortunately, claiming against your own insurance will affect your no claims bonus and motorbike insurance premiums, so if the damage is significant, it is worth going through these channels to try to identify the person who was at fault for the damage.

You can protect yourself from liability when your motorbike is parked outside your own home by installing home CCTV and positioning it in such a way that it would capture the licence plate of anyone who may hit your parked motorbike. Please remember to clearly signpost any cameras you install.

How long do you have to report a motorbike accident?

You must report an accident within 24 hours to the police. Some people are often hesitant to report it to the Police and are there unsure what documents the police may ask you to produce or if it may affect their bike insurance premium. You must be able to give a statement of events and give your personal details for insurance purposes.

What is failure to stop at an accident?

Commonly referred to as a ‘hit and run’, failing to stop at an accident is a serious offence which could cost you your licence and in severe cases has led to a prison sentence. If you are involved in a collision, you should stop and exchange insurance details with the other party. Do not assume the blame in the event of a crash. You could fail to stop at an accident, that wasn’t your fault, and still face serious consequences due to your actions. People sometimes leave the scene of an accident through panic and fear of being blamed; however, without an investigation, sometimes liability isn’t clear cut.

What insurance details should I give in an accident?

At the scene of an accident you must give the following to anyone with ‘reasonable grounds for requiring them.’ The exchange of information usually involves your name and address and your vehicle’s registration number. If the vehicle doesn’t belong to you, you must give the name and address of the owner.

If you don’t exchange insurance details, for whatever reason, you must still report the accident to the police and at that point can pass on your insurance details. You must also report the incident to your insurance company too.

What should I do if I am the victim of a hit and run accident?

In 2016 it was reported that ‘hit and runs’ – where a driver causes an accident and leaves the scene illegally – had reached a three year high.

A survey by the Motor Insurers Bureau found that 45% of those they questioned claimed ignorance as a defence for their behaviour following an accident. The report also found that younger drivers, aged 16 to 34, more often left the scene of a collision because of lack of insurance, being under the influence or just as a result of panic. Older drivers (over 34) were more likely to misjudge the seriousness of the accident, and failed to stop because of this.

How do I report an uninsured driver?

Driving uninsured or driving away from the scene of a collision are both offences that carry heavy penalties. However, if you have been hit by an uninsured driver or an untraced driver, it can be difficult to know what to do next.  We would recommend that you contact your insurer as your next step and then the Police.

What is a non-fault accident?

Essentially this is when you are involved in an accident that was not your fault; your insurance provider can recover the total cost of a claim from the liable party. A ‘fault’ accident is where you have been found to be at fault and are liable to pay the damages for the incident.

If the incident is a fault accident, it will be very unlikely that you will be able to claim motorbike crash compensation.

Can I claim for a car accident as a pillion?

Sadly, road accidents are very common and as a pillion, you can be injured as the result of a collision also. As a pillion you are able to claim compensation even if you were on the motorbike with the ‘at fault’ rider.

Although you may worry about claiming against a friend or family member, it is actually their insurance you are claiming against should you pursue compensation. Their insurance premiums may go up as a result but they will not be liable to pay any damages directly to you.

How do I claim for whiplash?

We have separate guidance on whiplash claims. The process of claiming is much the same as claiming for any bike accident injury and begins by getting in touch with us for a free initial consultation. Whiplash is the most common injury in car accidents and sometimes, symptoms do not manifest until several days later. If in doubt, seek medical advice and call us to discuss your injury in further detail.

What is the average compensation for a motorbike accident claim?

Average bike accident compensation amounts vary, dependant on the circumstances of the accident you were involved in. For minor cases, the average compensation for a car accident is £1,170 - £4,450. For moderate cases, claims can be between £4,450 - £14,500 and in major cases, claims can be between £14,500 - £88,000. We have had cases in the past where damages upward of £1million have been awarded, so bear in mind that these figures act as a guide and compensation will always depend on the circumstances of your accident.

What about fraudulent road traffic claims?

We operate under stringent guidelines and are part of the Motor Accident Solicitors' Society and are Law Society accredited for personal injury.  We have a strict claims vetting process to ensure that we only take on genuine claims.

The compensation system in this country exists to protect you and help you if you have a genuine claim, so fraudulent claims shouldn’t put you off. Those that seek to take advantage of that safety net fraudulently can be identified early so that we only put our time into sincere claims.

Can I claim if the motorbike accident was my fault?

No. If an accident was your fault, you will not be able to pursue a claim. In the event of a collision though, liability is not always clear. It is easy to assume fault, whilst in a state of panic and shock during the aftermath of a crash. Do not assume liability for an accident before you are in full possession of the facts and have a clear head to consider the incident. If in doubt, call one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

Can I make a motorbike accident claim on behalf of someone else?

Most of the time a person who has suffered motorbike crash injuries from an accident that was caused by someone else, will be the person making a bike injury claim. If you have lost earnings or suffered in some way because someone else did not behave safely on the roads, then you’re entitled to seek compensation. It is possible though to make a claim on behalf of someone else who has been involved in an accident.

Sadly, there are over 1000’s of fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents a year in the UK and the families of those lost are able to seek compensation on behalf of their loved ones. It isn’t an easy process to pursue a claim whilst grieving but for some families it is necessary.

Another possible circumstance where you may make a claim after a UK car crash on someone else’s behalf is if a child is hurt in a car accident. Children are unable to fight their own cases and their parent or guardian must claim on their behalf.

Can someone claim on my bike insurance without me knowing?

When you buy an insurance policy, you give your insurers permission to pay out on your behalf, so it is possible for them to progress a claim without keeping you updated on the progress of it. You are required to report any accidents to your insurer so you should be aware of any potential claims that could be made on your insurance.

How long do I have to report a motorbike accident to my insurance company?

You are required to report accidents to your insurance provider usually within 24 hours but you should check your policy to find the specific terms and conditions around this.

Can you check if a vehicle is insured?

You can check if a vehicle is insured by running the registration number through the Motor Insurer’s Database. This search is free and will tell you whether the vehicle is insured, if you want to find out any other policy details, the cost is £4.

A motorbike accident can be a shocking and disorienting event, no matter how small the crash may have been and it can be hard to know what to do after a motorbike accident. It is important to try to remain calm in the aftermath of an accident and try to take down as many details as possible. In a serious collision, the outcome is dictated by the first responders and emergency services. In a minor collision though, it’s important to know what to do in order to retain control of the situation.

Firstly, you must stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in the UK is an offence and carries a penalty. As a priority, ensure that both you and anyone else involved is not hurt and if they are, call the emergency services. Do not move anyone who may be seriously injured. Try to keep anyone involved warm, as they may have gone into shock.

If the damage to the motorbike is minor, it is still important for you to take notes, and photograph evidence in the immediate aftermath as you cannot be sure what the full extent of the damage is when you ride away afterwards.

Try to avoid saying sorry or taking the blame for what happened, until you have the full facts of the situation. It is natural to want to apologise, particularly if you feel you were at fault, but it is best to wait until you are sure.

Finally, seek medical attention, even if you have no obvious injuries, as whiplash can take several days to appear.

If you are in a minor collision, don't assume that you can just leave the scene if your motorbike is drivable; ensure you swap details with the other party, or parties. If damage is caused or injury sustained by anyone and you do not stop and swap details, then you must report the accident within 24 hours at a local police station and to your insurer. If you find out you were hit by an uninsured driver, you'll need to report the accident to the police as well.

The other driver’s insurance will cover the damage to your motorbike and likely offer you a settlement for any injuries sustained, however insurers are unlikely to offer you a fair sum in the first instance. We seek fair redress on your behalf to ensure that you receive maximum compensation.

Even for minor collisions, you may lose earnings from days off work, or where you have to take annual leave to deal with the repair of your motorbike, which could force you to make alternative travel arrangements and incur additional costs.

It depends entirely on the body part injured, the severity of the injury and the circumstances of the accident. We can give estimates based on previous claims but each case is based on your individual circumstances. The easiest way for us to give you a road accident claims estimate is to speak to you directly. Your claim will be estimated based on the nuances of your case and an experienced advisor can give you the best idea of how much you could claim.

If you were involved in a collision and it wasn’t your fault, you should be able to make a claim for motorbike accident compensation. As long as the accident happened within the past 3 years and you have documentation of your involvement, you can make a claim.

If your motorbike is damaged while parked up and the damage is significant, you should report it to the police. They can then review CCTV of the area and find the culprit who damaged your motorbike in order to make a claim against them and their insurers.  Unfortunately, claiming against your own insurance will affect your no claims bonus and motorbike insurance premiums, so if the damage is significant, it is worth going through these channels to try to identify the person who was at fault for the damage.

You can protect yourself from liability when your motorbike is parked outside your own home by installing home CCTV and positioning it in such a way that it would capture the licence plate of anyone who may hit your parked motorbike. Please remember to clearly signpost any cameras you install.

You must report an accident within 24 hours to the police. Some people are often hesitant to report it to the Police and are there unsure what documents the police may ask you to produce or if it may affect their bike insurance premium. You must be able to give a statement of events and give your personal details for insurance purposes.

Commonly referred to as a ‘hit and run’, failing to stop at an accident is a serious offence which could cost you your licence and in severe cases has led to a prison sentence. If you are involved in a collision, you should stop and exchange insurance details with the other party. Do not assume the blame in the event of a crash. You could fail to stop at an accident, that wasn’t your fault, and still face serious consequences due to your actions. People sometimes leave the scene of an accident through panic and fear of being blamed; however, without an investigation, sometimes liability isn’t clear cut.

At the scene of an accident you must give the following to anyone with ‘reasonable grounds for requiring them.’ The exchange of information usually involves your name and address and your vehicle’s registration number. If the vehicle doesn’t belong to you, you must give the name and address of the owner.

If you don’t exchange insurance details, for whatever reason, you must still report the accident to the police and at that point can pass on your insurance details. You must also report the incident to your insurance company too.

In 2016 it was reported that ‘hit and runs’ – where a driver causes an accident and leaves the scene illegally – had reached a three year high.

A survey by the Motor Insurers Bureau found that 45% of those they questioned claimed ignorance as a defence for their behaviour following an accident. The report also found that younger drivers, aged 16 to 34, more often left the scene of a collision because of lack of insurance, being under the influence or just as a result of panic. Older drivers (over 34) were more likely to misjudge the seriousness of the accident, and failed to stop because of this.

Driving uninsured or driving away from the scene of a collision are both offences that carry heavy penalties. However, if you have been hit by an uninsured driver or an untraced driver, it can be difficult to know what to do next.  We would recommend that you contact your insurer as your next step and then the Police.

Essentially this is when you are involved in an accident that was not your fault; your insurance provider can recover the total cost of a claim from the liable party. A ‘fault’ accident is where you have been found to be at fault and are liable to pay the damages for the incident.

If the incident is a fault accident, it will be very unlikely that you will be able to claim motorbike crash compensation.

Sadly, road accidents are very common and as a pillion, you can be injured as the result of a collision also. As a pillion you are able to claim compensation even if you were on the motorbike with the ‘at fault’ rider.

Although you may worry about claiming against a friend or family member, it is actually their insurance you are claiming against should you pursue compensation. Their insurance premiums may go up as a result but they will not be liable to pay any damages directly to you.

We have separate guidance on whiplash claims. The process of claiming is much the same as claiming for any bike accident injury and begins by getting in touch with us for a free initial consultation. Whiplash is the most common injury in car accidents and sometimes, symptoms do not manifest until several days later. If in doubt, seek medical advice and call us to discuss your injury in further detail.

Average bike accident compensation amounts vary, dependant on the circumstances of the accident you were involved in. For minor cases, the average compensation for a car accident is £1,170 - £4,450. For moderate cases, claims can be between £4,450 - £14,500 and in major cases, claims can be between £14,500 - £88,000. We have had cases in the past where damages upward of £1million have been awarded, so bear in mind that these figures act as a guide and compensation will always depend on the circumstances of your accident.

We operate under stringent guidelines and are part of the Motor Accident Solicitors' Society and are Law Society accredited for personal injury.  We have a strict claims vetting process to ensure that we only take on genuine claims.

The compensation system in this country exists to protect you and help you if you have a genuine claim, so fraudulent claims shouldn’t put you off. Those that seek to take advantage of that safety net fraudulently can be identified early so that we only put our time into sincere claims.

No. If an accident was your fault, you will not be able to pursue a claim. In the event of a collision though, liability is not always clear. It is easy to assume fault, whilst in a state of panic and shock during the aftermath of a crash. Do not assume liability for an accident before you are in full possession of the facts and have a clear head to consider the incident. If in doubt, call one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

Most of the time a person who has suffered motorbike crash injuries from an accident that was caused by someone else, will be the person making a bike injury claim. If you have lost earnings or suffered in some way because someone else did not behave safely on the roads, then you’re entitled to seek compensation. It is possible though to make a claim on behalf of someone else who has been involved in an accident.

Sadly, there are over 1000’s of fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents a year in the UK and the families of those lost are able to seek compensation on behalf of their loved ones. It isn’t an easy process to pursue a claim whilst grieving but for some families it is necessary.

Another possible circumstance where you may make a claim after a UK car crash on someone else’s behalf is if a child is hurt in a car accident. Children are unable to fight their own cases and their parent or guardian must claim on their behalf.

When you buy an insurance policy, you give your insurers permission to pay out on your behalf, so it is possible for them to progress a claim without keeping you updated on the progress of it. You are required to report any accidents to your insurer so you should be aware of any potential claims that could be made on your insurance.

You are required to report accidents to your insurance provider usually within 24 hours but you should check your policy to find the specific terms and conditions around this.

You can check if a vehicle is insured by running the registration number through the Motor Insurer’s Database. This search is free and will tell you whether the vehicle is insured, if you want to find out any other policy details, the cost is £4.