Road Traffic Accident Claims

Motorbike Accident Claims

Motorcyclists can be vulnerable and exposed to injury on the roads, and can be left with serious injuries if they are involved in a road collision. Although many riders are skilled in their driving and hopefully well protected with the right riding gear, this cannot prevent all injuries.

Our motorbike accident lawyers have experience helping riders and their families claim compensation for the following injuries:

  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash – a loss of movement, pain and stiffness in the neck
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Serious head and spinal injuries
  • Fatal injuries

We know that the trauma of a motorcycle accident can last far beyond the treatment for your injuries. Our motorbike accident solicitors are experienced in holding other motorists to account if they’ve caused a collision. We also have access to specialist medical and physiotherapy experts - who can provide rehabilitation to help you recover from your injuries.

In our experience of handling motorbike accident compensation claims, we've found that many of those involved in such accidents are of working age, and are often the main household earners. This means families can be left in financial hardship after a motorcycle accident.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a motorbike accident, contact us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your case. Even if your insurance company has recommended another law firm, remember that you’re entitled to make your own choice and should be able to choose a specialist solicitor.



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    • How Much Compensation Can I Expect?
    • How much compensation you receive following a road traffic accident depends on a number of factors related to your injury, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you need as a result.

      The amount of compensation you could claim is based on:

      • Current and future loss of earnings
      • Medical and travel expenses you have incurred
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Modifications to your home
      • Mobility aids
      • Your pain and suffering

      For more information, visit our page on guide compensation amounts or call us on 0800 056 4110, and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have three years from the date of an accident to begin a compensation claim – or three years from the date of turning 18 if the incident happened when you were a child.

      However, there is no time limit for people who don't have the mental capacity to make legal decisions, which often applies to those who have suffered serious brain injuries.

      If your accident happened outside of the UK, then the time limit can be shorter. In this instance, it's vital that you contact us as soon as possible.

      If you have any concerns or questions about the time limit for claiming compensation, call our team today on 0800 056 4110 for free initial advice and to talk through your options.

    • Can I Get Early Compensation Payments?
    • Early compensation payments, also known as interim payments, are made in advance of any final settlement. They’re only made in an agreement with your opponent, if they admit that they're responsible for your injuries.

      Interim payments can be used to replace lost earnings, so you can afford to pay essential bills if your injury has meant you’ve been absent from work, as well as covering the cost of specialist medical care or mobility equipment. They can also cover the cost of your uninsured losses such as extras that you had on your motorbike and any biking gear damaged in the collision.

      We'll work hard to get an early admission of fault, and also to obtain early compensation payments to relieve any immediate financial pressures you’re feeling.

I would certainly recommend Irwin Mitchell to friends and family. The support I’ve received has been fantastic.”

Stewart, client
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose Irwin Mitchell Following A Motorbike Accident?

With many years of experience handling a wide range of motorcycle accident claims, our team will guide you through the entire process, step-by-step, using plain English. Our road traffic accident lawyers deal with thousands of successful claims each year.

Our specialised expertise in motorcycle accident claims means you can be sure of excellent advice whatever your circumstances. We understand the issues you’re facing, as well as the danger involved in riding a motorbike on the roads.

Our road traffic accident investigation team, which includes former police accident investigators and an advanced driving instructor, could interview witnesses, carry out site inspections and prepare reconstruction reports to find out who was at fault.

We're one of the only law firms in the UK with a specialist team carrying out these investigations, so by working with us you can be sure that we'll leave no stone unturned in our efforts to help you get the compensation you need.

If you have any questions at all, contact us on 0800 056 4110 – that first conversation is free, and there's no obligation for you to take things any further.

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What Happens After A Fatal Motorbike Accident?

It’s a sad fact that, due to the increased vulnerability of the rider, a higher proportion of motorbike accidents result in death than for road users as a whole.

If you’re claiming for the death of a loved one it can be hard, particularly if you have children to support as well. We’ll always aim to make the process as easy as possible and relieve the financial burden that can be felt at this most tragic of times.

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What Happens When You Make A Motorbike Accident Claim?

When you make a motorbike accident claim with us, we’ll let you know exactly what we're doing at each stage – and what we need from you.

All you need to do to begin a compensation claim is contact us on 0800 056 4110 for free initial advice. We'll discuss your accident, and whether we think you can claim. If we do think you have a case, your claim will typically follow these four stages:

Stage One: Information Gathering

We'll begin by investigating your accident and injuries. This means you'll undergo an examination with a medical expert to assess the full extent of your injuries, as well as identifying any medical care you might need.

We will also look closely at the circumstances of your crash. Although motorcyclists are often blamed for accidents they are involved in, many are caused by drivers of other vehicles not giving proper consideration to motorbikes. This could include:

  • Not giving motorcycles enough room to manoeuvre
  • Not noticing bikes in their blind spot
  • Pulling out or turning into a motorcyclist's path, whether they've seen the rider or not

Poor road maintenance, faulty equipment, or diesel spills could also be the cause.

Your accident may be investigated by our specialist road traffic investigation team. This could involve carrying out site inspections, accessing police reports, interviewing witnesses, evaluating damage to your motorcycle, or reconstructing your accident.

Stage Two: Rehabilitation

If your accident has left you in need of medical care and support, we’ll identify what you’ll need, both now and in the future.

We consider rehabilitation support is one of the most important aspects of our service, alongside securing you the compensation you deserve.

Because motorcyclists are far more vulnerable than drivers of other vehicles, the injuries and rehabilitation needs following an accident can be very different. Our Client Liaison Managers will work with you after a serious injury to understand what support you need, and how best to help you access it, from the beginning of the claim process.

Common rehabilitation support following a motorbike accident will depend upon the level of injury can can include:

  • Physiotherapy for broke bones or specialist neuro-physiotherapy
  • Counselling or psychological therapy to treat post traumatic stress
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pain management treatment
  • Vocational support with return to work

Depending on the severity of your injury and the length of the claims process, it may be possible to secure early compensation payments to assist with your rehabilitation costs.

Our commitment to the rehabilitation of our clients has seen us become seven-time winners of the Claimant Solicitor of the Year award at the Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation First Awards.

Learn more about how we can help you gain access to rehabilitation support.

Stage Three: Compensation

We’ll work out how much compensation you’ll need for your injuries, losses, and for any medical care and support you require both now and in the future. The compensation amount will either be agreed with your opponent as a settlement, or determined through court proceedings.

The majority of cases settle out of court, so pursuing court proceedings is rare. However, if you do have to go to court, our team will be there to support you.

Stage Four: Conclusion

Your claim is concluded, and you’re awarded compensation if successful. If we agreed to pursue your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't need to pay anything if you lose the case, while the opponent will pay most of our fees if you win.


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Awards & Recognition

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
"One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven previous occasions.

What Our Clients Say

We truly value and appreciate the feedback we receive from our clients, as we look to improve the services we offer on an ongoing basis.

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Proudly supporting vital charity work.

We're registered as approved solicitors with a number of leading national charities, including:

  • Brake - the Road Safety Charity
  • RoadPeace – the Road Crash Victims Charity
  • Headway – the Brain Injury Association
  • The Spinal Injury Association
  • The Child Brain Injury Trust
  • The UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum

We consider rehabilitation to be as important as financial compensation - a commitment that has also seen us win Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven occasions.


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