When you take your new motorcycle out for a spin, the last thing on your mind is being injured in a motorcycle accident. Yet did you know that statistically you are 38 times more likely to be killed in a road traffic accident on a motorcycle than you are in a car? Even if you are safe and cautious whilst you’re on your bike, always sticking to the speed limit and paying attention to signs, you could still be injured by a negligent or speeding driver. If you’ve been hurt in an accident that was caused by somebody else, then you might find yourself wondering about motorcycle accident compensation amounts and whether you’re eligible to make a claim. The only person who can answer this question for you is a personal injury lawyer, and Accident Advice Helpline has a whole team of injury lawyers on hand to help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
What are some average motorcycle accident compensation amounts?
There is really no such thing as average motorcycle accident compensation amounts, and that’s because the amount of compensation you could get after your accident will take into account a range of different factors, such as:
- How serious your injuries are
- Whether or not you need time off work after your accident
- Whether you have suffered financial losses or not
- What medical care and treatment you need for your injuries
These factors can all influence your personal injury settlement, and although we’re not able to give you examples of motorcycle accident compensation amounts, we can say that generally speaking, for minor injuries you could expect to receive a relatively small injury settlement, whilst for life-changing injuries such as a spinal or brain injury, you could expect to receive a substantial settlement.
Motorcycle accident statistics
If you or a member of your family have been injured in a motorcycle accident then you may be interested to read some statistics related to motorcycle accidents – we have a few to share with you:
- Did you know that 75% of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with another vehicle, usually a car?
- Or that motorcycles account for only 1% of all traffic on the UK’s roads, but account for over 20% of all fatalities?
These motorcycle accidents statistics show just how serious a motorbike accident can be and how common these types of accidents are in the UK, despite the relatively small number of motorcycles on the roads in this country.
Common motorcycle accident injuries
You could be lucky and escape your motorcycle accident with minor injuries like road rash, cuts and bruises, but you could suffer a serious, life-changing injury which will affect your quality of life in the future. Motorbikes offer much less protection than cars and you rely on your protective clothing and gear such as a motorcycle helmet, to keep you safe in the event of a crash. Traumatic brain injuries, which can be caused by a blow to the head and are common in motorcycle accidents, are the leading cause of death and disability in people aged 1-44, and although wearing a helmet can help to protect you, there is no way to completely protect yourself against this type of injury.
A brain injury can be debilitating, changing your personality, behaviour and mood and making it difficult to socialise, go to work and hold down a job or even care for yourself at home. When you make a personal injury claim, we will take into account any modifications you may need to make to your home to make it more accessible, as well as the cost of any future medical care or treatment you may need as a result of your brain injury.
Motorcycle accident fatalities
Because serious head injury is the leading cause of fatalities amongst motorcyclists, wearing a helmet is essential. It’s important to make sure that it fits properly too. But although helmets are 67% effective in preventing brain injury, they’re estimated to only be around 37% effective at preventing fatalities, according to data from the US Department of Transportation. So whilst wearing a helmet can help to protect you against injury, you are still at risk of being killed in a motorcycle accident due to the fact that motorcyclists have less protective surroundings than drivers of other vehicles such as cars and lorries.
Recovering after your accident
The amount of time it takes to recover after a motorcycle accident can vary, depending on the severity of your injuries. Road rash, lacerations and broken bones may need a few weeks or a couple of months to heal, but more serious injuries could mean surgery or spending time in hospital – or even seeing a specialist for treatment and rehabilitation. In the most serious cases, you may never recover fully after your accident – for example, if you suffer a spinal injury that leaves you permanently disabled or a traumatic brain injury. Your recovery time can influence motorcycle accident compensation amounts, and when you make a claim with Accident Advice Helpline, we’ll look to see what treatment you needed (or will need in future) after your accident and what your prognosis is for the future.
What should you do after your accident?
If you have escaped with relatively minor injuries, it is a good idea to try and take some photographs of the scene of the accident, any other vehicles involved, the road conditions and your injuries. Photographs can provide useful evidence if you later decide to make a personal injury claim, and if your claim does end up in court (which is unlikely, as Accident Advice Helpline can process most claims over the phone), you will be able to use your photographs as evidence to prove that the other driver caused your accident. Your main priority should be to get the medical treatment you need for your injuries, but if you can, try to take contact details for any witnesses and anybody involved in the accident including passengers of the other vehicle.
When it comes to motorcycle accident compensation amounts, a witness who can verify that the other driver was speeding or distracted at the wheel could be the difference between a successful claim for a substantial settlement and a claim which is rejected. Although motorcycle accident compensation amounts can vary, you can get an idea of how much you could claim by taking the 30-second test on our website right now, then give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more.