Motorcycle accidents can be incredibly serious, and if you’ve been involved in one, you may well have injuries that are likely to affect your health in the long term. If you’re in this situation, it is advisable to work with a specialist solicitor, who can support you to make a motorcycle accident claim.
Whether your injuries will affect you in the short-term, or are life-changing, if your accident was caused by another party, our solicitors at Bikelawyer can assist you to make a claim.
If you are considering raising a claim, you may well be wondering how the process works, and what you can expect. In this article, we will explore these questions, as well as other key considerations related to motorbike accident claims.
To discuss your needs today, please contact our motorcycle accident claims solicitors.
How does a motorcycle accident claim work?
When you make a motorcycle accident claim, your solicitor will start by assessing the details and the strength of the claim, these initial details will enable your lawyer to determine your claim funding options, for instance, many claimants will be eligible for no win no fee funding. What this means is, the claimant will not be liable to pay legal fees unless their claim is eventually successful.
Once it has been established that you have the basis of a claim, the motorcycle accident claims process involves several stages, such as:
Letter of Claim
Once your motorcycle accident claims solicitor has an understanding of your claim, they will draft a Letter of Claim. The letter details the claimant’s allegations and their injuries.
On receiving the letter, the defendant has the opportunity to admit liability for the claim, fully contest liability, or accept that they were partly at fault.
Where the defendant disputes that they were responsible, or wholly responsible, your solicitor will begin building your case by collecting evidence, including the police report, and calling on any witnesses if applicable.
Quantum refers to how much the claimant will receive in damages. The damages sought in a motorcycle accident claim include suffering, pain, loss of amenity (not being able to do things that you could before), as well as any financial losses that the individual has experienced.
At Bikelawyer, we are specialists in motorcycle accident injury law, and are often able to secure higher levels of compensation in comparison to similar firms.
As part of the process, it is necessary to obtain medical evidence, to prove the injuries sustained. You will need to go to see an independent medical expert, and undergo a full medical assessment. A detailed report of your injuries will be drafted, and this document will be used to support your claim.
In order to build a successful motorcycle accident compensation claim, obtaining medical evidence is a key part of the process. When you work with our solicitors at Bike Lawyer, we will ensure that you understand what to expect, and that you feel comfortable and supported.
Settling your claim
Your claim will be presented to the defendant and settlement negotiations will take place. This stage usually involves a process of offer and counter offer between your solicitor and the defendant. At Bikelawyer, we have much experience with accident disputes and can ensure that you are fully prepared and supported at every stage.
Much of the time, claims can be settled via out of Court negotiations, however, if a settlement cannot be reached this way, your solicitor will resolve your claim through litigation processes.
If you have any questions about the bike accident claim procedure, please get in contact with our expert solicitors today.
What does a motorcycle accident claim cover?
Each motorcycle accident compensation claim is different, however, generally speaking, a claim will cover the following areas:
- The cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation, and ongoing treatment for your motorcycle injuries
- Serious injury or personal injury compensation
- Loss of earnings compensation, including loss of career progression and the ongoing inability to work
- General damages to include pain and suffering, covering both physical pain, and emotional/mental health support
- Care support, or if applicable, the cost of prosthetics, adaptations to your vehicle, or adapted accommodation
How much compensation will I receive for a motorcycle accident claim?
When you pursue a motorcycle accident compensation claim. The amount of compensation that you will receive largely depends on the case. The settlement figure will be based on factors such as:
- How severe your injuries are, and any future health complications you will experience as a result of the accident
- The ongoing care that you will require, and your support needs
- Your loss of earnings now, and in the future
- How far your quality of life will be affected by the accident
Bikelawyer are often able to secure higher levels of compensation than other accident and injury firms. We will work tirelessly to ensure that your claim reflects all of the damages that you are entitled to, including any that are specific to your situation.
What is the time limit for making a motorcycle accident claim?
In most cases you will have three years from the date that the accident occurred, to raise a motorcycle accident injury claim. Unless you pursue your claim within this time frame, you will likely lose the right to claim compensation.
However, there are exceptions to this rule, for example, where claims are raised on behalf of children, the three year limitation period does not begin until they turn 18, meaning that parents may claim for them before this point, or that the child may pursue their own claim when they are aged between 18 and 21.
Why choose Bikelawyer?
Sixteen years ago, legal partner Andrew Campbell was able to secure accident compensation for his biker friend who sadly sustained a life changing head injury when he was involved in a diesel spill accident.
This tragic event would eventually become the founding of Bikelawyer, a firm dedicated to supporting those who have been involved in motorcycle accidents.
We are proudly one of the leading expert motorcycle accident solicitor firms. All of our solicitors are expert lawyers, we are passionate about what we do, and we care about our clients. Bikelawyer is Motorcycle News (MCN) legal expert and columnist, with an outstanding reputation in the industry.
To discuss your motorcycle accident injury claim today, please get in touch. Our friendly team will be happy to talk you through the bike accident claim procedure, and answer your questions.
Contact our Motorcycle Accident Claims Solicitors
To discuss your motorcycle accident claim today, please get in touch with our motorcycle accident lawyers at Bikelawyer. You can call us on 01446 794199.