Motorbike accident claims can help bikers get their life back on track
Motorcyclists are very exposed to the dangers of the road. Unfortunately, because of their vulnerability while riding a motorcycle, bikers often suffer terrible injuries; sometimes their injuries can be life-changing and result in substantial financial loss.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle due to the carelessness of another party, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
We see our role as more than just obtaining a sum of money for you, as we can also assist with all aspects following a motorcycle accident, such as organising rehabilitation and care, assisting with arrangements for the replacement or repair of your motorcycle and equipment, or obtaining interim payments as your claim progresses which will cover any loss of earnings if you are unable to work.
The most common types of accidents involving motorcyclists we see are:
- road traffic accident involving other motorists
- filtering accidents
- accidents at junctions and roundabout
- hit and run accidents
- accidents caused by defective motorcycle equipment
- accidents caused by defective road surfaces such as potholes.
We have experience dealing with all types of motorcycle accidents and consequential injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident (from soft tissue injuries to traumatic brain injuries).
Are you eligible to make a claim for compensation?
To be successful in making a claim for compensation for a motorcycle accident, we must show that the other party is at fault for the accident and the accident has caused your injuries.
One of the most common questions we are often asked is ‘Will I be successful with a claim?’
At Royds Withy King, we will be happy to make a provisional assessment of the merits of your motorcycle accident claim on a free of charge basis to help you to decide whether to proceed with your claim.
How do you make a claim for compensation?
If you are thinking about making a claim, then you should contact a specialist solicitor. You have three years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of your injury to bring a claim. Insurance companies may tell you otherwise, but you are free to choose your own solicitor.
It is also important that you are confident your chosen solicitor not only has experience in the field of personal injury but also understands the special circumstances that apply to motorcycle accident claims. We have specialists who deal specifically with motorcycle accidents and often take on cases non-specialists firms can’t (or won’t) deal with. This means you can be confident your claim is in good hands.
How can you pay for a motorcycle compensation claim?
At Royds Withy King, we offer a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement. This means if you lose your case; you do not have to pay our costs. More information on funding a compensation claim can be found here.
What is the claims process and how long might a claim for compensation take?
The claims process and duration differs in each individual motorcycle claim.
Some solicitors feel they can give a date by which they believe they can settle your claim by but at Royds Withy King we believe it is important that all issues relevant to your individual claim are fully investigated to ensure you are you fully compensated and not out of pocket in the future.
We will of course progress your matter in a timely manner and ensure every issue is covered in full.
Some of the steps taken to progress a motorcycle accident claim include: liability investigations, instructing a medical expert to prepare a medical report on your injuries, or gathering evidence of your past and future losses and arranging recommended rehabilitation. Your solicitor will guide you though each step.
What kind of compensation might you receive if successful in your motorbike accident claim?
Personal injury compensation usually made up of two parts: general damages and special damages.
General damages are awarded for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity i.e. your injuries. Special damages reflect any financial loss you have incurred as a result of the accident. This is likely to include rehabilitation, medication, loss of earnings, cost of replacing or repairing motorcycle equipment etc. You can also recovery any future financial losses you may incur after your personal injury claim has settled. This might be for future treatment costs for example.
What are some frequently asked questions when making a claim?
Can you change solicitor if you already have representation?
Yes. If you are unhappy with your current solicitor and the representation you are receiving, we happy to discuss with you taking over the conduct of a motorcycle accident claim from other firms of solicitors.
“What the team is known for: Somerset-based practice that comes recommended for its focus on spinal cord and brain injuries. Also offers niche expertise in areas such as fatal accidents and animal cases. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are all very approachable and friendly, and I think that’s the culture that exists throughout the firm. They are a close-knit team.” “They have that mentality of looking after the client first as opposed to their own interests. They always do what’s best for the client.” Notable practitioners: Stuart Brazington (Band 1) offers particular expertise in serious spinal cord and brain injury cases. According to one interviewee, he “knows his cases extremely well” and “has good judgement about which points are likely to be important.” Mark Hambleton (Associate to watch) covers a broad range of personal injury matters, including animal cases, sports injuries and motorcycle accidents. Sources describe him as “always very impressive” and note that he’s “very good with clients.”” Chambers 2017 Somerset
“What the team is known for: Outstanding personal injury practice adept at handling an impressive breadth of claims, including equine matters, industrial disease cases and cycling accidents. Notable expertise in chronic pain and fatal accident cases, as well as offering significant experience in catastrophic injury claims. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They were all empathetic but businesslike, and this formed absolutely the right mixture. Their advice was delivered to me in exactly the right way.” “They were brilliant and supportive.” Work highlights Acted for a professional jockey in a claim arising from a racing accident in Australia that resulted in complete paraplegia. The case was partially tried at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. Advised the widow of a man killed by a bullock, bringing precedent-setting liability claims under the Animals Act. Notable practitioners: Ian Carrier (Band 1) offers extensive expertise in catastrophic injuries, with a particular focus on spinal and brain claims. Impressed clients describe him as “very experienced and knowledgeable,” and note that he “has a genuine interest in you as a person.” He is also praised for his creative approach to complex cases. Tracy Norris-Evans (Band 1) draws on a wealth of experience in severe injury claims, including paediatric cases and those involving complex neurological issues. She frequently acts as a trustee in high-value settlements. According to one impressed source, Helen Childs (Band 2) was “absolutely superb from the outset” and had “phenomenal attention to detail.” She is held in high regard for her focus on major asbestos-related claims.” Chambers 2017 Oxford and Surrounds
“Royds Withy King sits on the panels for the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum and Headway. Department head Louise Hart handles amputation, orthopaedic injuries, chronic pain, PTSD and facial injury matters. Stuart Brazington is also recommended.” Legal 500 2016 South West
“Royds Withy King, Tracy Norris-Evans is renowned for brain injury and paediatric work, and ‘shrewd lawyer and tactician’ Richard Brooks specialises in claims involving animals. Also recommended are Ian Carrier, who is adept in spinal injury claims; and Helen Childs, who leads the industrial diseases practice.” Legal 500 2016 South East