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Road accidents can be frightening and traumatic, even in cars with the latest safety devices. 

Little has changed for motorcyclists though. Protection still typically consists of a helmet, gloves, boots, hi-vi vest, oversuit or leathers and running lights. Some riders may fit crash bars to help shield their legs or wear special airbag vests to protect vital organs. 

Analysis by road safety charity Brake shows that bikers are 63 times more likely to be seriously injured or killed in an accident than car drivers. The physical and psychological consequences of a motorcycle accident are often serious.

We can help you because we understand the impact that motorcycle accident injuries can have on your life and the lives of your loved ones. 

With over years_since years' experience advising on personal injury claims, we help secure the medical support and financial compensation needed to rebuild lives.

If you're not ready to start a claim yet, or you're unsure whether you can, talk to us. Tell us your experience and we'll use our expertise to advise you on your options.

Please call us for free on and talk to us about what has happened. Calls to us are compassionate and confidential, and we'll answer any questions you have about motorcycle accident claims.

Did you know?

16,818 motorcyclists became casualties in road accidents in 2018.

5,912 - more than a third of the total - were seriously injured. 

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), around 60% of bike accidents occur at junctions.

What you need to know about claiming for injury after a motorcycle accident

Can i claim for a motorcycle accident?

What you need to know about claiming for injury after a motorcycle accident

What's included in motorcycle accident compensation?

Your motorcycle claim solicitor will negotiate your compensation with the other side's insurance company. The sum is calculated to cover the physical, psychological and financial impact of your injury. The final amount will depend on injury type, severity, your recovery time, the effects on your life and upon those around you.

There are two types of damages that make up a motorcycle accident personal injury claim:

  • General damages compensate you for pain, suffering and loss of amenity. Loss of amenity is the impact on your ability to do everyday things you took for granted.
  • Special damages reimburse you for a range of financial expenses and any lost earnings you may have suffered as a direct result of your accident. 

It means your compensation total will be completely unique to your claim. You won't know an accurate compensation figure until your solicitor begins negotiating for the amount you need and deserve.

Special damages include financial expenses like:

  • Loss of earnings because of your injury. These include any future lost earnings if you're unable to return to work or need to adjust your hours.
  • Expenses such as prescriptions, travel, replacement gear, changes to your home or transportation.
  • Loss of spare time activities. For example, if you played a sport and are now unable to take part.
  • The cost of any specialist treatment prescribed to you not available via the NHS.

Your compensation can also cover the costs incurred by your loved ones because of your injury. For example, if your partner cared for you then you could be compensated for their time, even if it was given for free. This would also include any loss of earnings they suffered as a result.

We have over 25 years' know-how of advising on accident claims. Try our compensation calculator. Answer a few short questions about your motorcycle accident and it'll give you a rough estimate of the amount of compensation which you may receive.

How does no win no fee work?

All of our motorcycle accident lawyers work on a no win no fee basis. It's an agreement between you and your solicitor that means if your claim doesn't succeed, you don't pay anything. 

At the start of the claim, your no win no fee solicitor may need to take out a special legal protection insurance policy for you. It pays the costs if your claim were to fail and ensures claiming is risk free.  Insurance must always be in place just in case that happens. 

You'll never have to pay anything upfront and there are no hidden charges, so you'll never be left out of pocket. A no win no fee claim is risk-free and takes the financial stress out of using a solicitor at what can be a difficult time.

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What are the time limits for motorcycle accident claims?

To make an injury claim after a motorcycle accident that wasn't your fault, it must have happened within the last three years. Even if the accident was partly your fault, you may still be able to claim.

  • If you were 18 years old or over when the motorcycle accident happened, you have three years to make a claim from the incident date.
  • If you were under 18 years old when it happened and no-one made a claim on your behalf, you have three years from your 18th birthday to make it.

There are circumstances where time limits may be longer or waived altogether. For example, if you or a loved one has suffered a serious head or brain injury and are unable to make the claim.

If you're unsure about what to do next, contact us for free and impartial advice on . We'll answer any questions you have. We'll never pressure you into starting a claim. Bouncing back from sudden injury can be difficult. It's our job to share the useful, independent and clear motorcycle accident personal injury claim advice you need to make an informed choice, at your pace.

If we think you qualify and you decide to go ahead, we'll pair you with one of our specialist motorcycle claim solicitors. Often we can put you in touch with them on the same call.

David broke his wrist badly when a van knocked him off his Yamaha

David broke his wrist badly when a van knocked him off his Yamaha

"I was going down the road, quite steadily. All of a sudden, a van pulled across the road in front of me.

"When I woke up, I was lying in the road. It was about two days later that I felt I needed some help.

"National Accident Helpline asked me how I was feeling. I felt like I was in the right hands. They helped me put this all right."


How are road and motorcycle accident injuries classified?

Many police forces grade road traffic accident injuries into five categories. One covers fatalities and the other four in order of severity are:

  • Very Serious - severe trauma like broken neck or spine, head and brain injury, chest or crush injury with unconsciousness or breathing difficulty. Also all internal injuries and multiple severe injuries featuring loss of consciousness.
  • Moderately Serious - includes partial loss of a limb, thigh or pelvis fractures, chest injuries and deeply penetrative wounds.
  • Less Serious - injuries like minor head wounds; deep cuts; fractures to the collarbone and arm or leg extremities.
  • Slight - such as shock, bruising, soft tissue strains and sprains plus minor cuts or grazing.

Motorcyclists and their pillion passengers face a unique set of safety and injury risks. ‘Lowside' accident injuries occur when the rear tyre loses grip and slips outwards, usually when cornering or taking avoiding action. 

  • The bike topples, dropping a rider on to the road on their back (or front), often at speed. It can cause severe ‘road rash', soft tissue injury, bruising and bone breaks. 
  • Road rash isn't like a graze. Roads are grimy with dirt and bacteria that can be driven deeply through the skin. This can cause troublesome infections that are hard to treat.
  • At their worst, a lowside crash will slide the rider into oncoming traffic in the opposite lane. 

‘Highside' accident injuries happen when the rider is thrown forward over the handlebars or flipped off the side of the bike. 

  • They are caused when the rear tyre suddenly regains grip after losing traction in a skid. 
  • It jerks the bike upright with tremendous force.
  • This type of motorcycle accident can leave riders or pillion passengers with serious head and arm injuries.

How are road traffic accident injuries valued?

The Judicial College, part of the Ministry of Justice, sets the ranges of compensation for different types of road traffic accident injury, from slight to very serious. Below we've listed the current, 15th Edition guidelines for injuries commonly associated with a motorcycle accident. Your solicitor will talk you through the details as they develop your claim.

Injury type

Guide amount
Facial injury£1,460 - £344,640
Head injury£1,880 - £344,460
Severe neck injury£38,800 - £126,550
Moderate brain damage£36,740 - £186,890
Paraplegia£186,890 - £242,490
Moderate shoulder injury£6,730 - £10,890
Severe back injury with spinal cord damage £77,700 - £137,330
Hip or pelvis injury£3,370 - £111,690
Fractured forearms£5,630 - £16,380
Fractured thigh bone (femur)
£7,780 - £12,010

In tragic circumstances where a loved one has died following a motorcycle accident, there's nothing that can ever replace your loss. However compensation can help you cope with everyday needs. The figure will be carefully worked out against bereavement, funeral expenses and the dependency of those left behind. Your solicitor will explain everything to you, at your pace.

Dr Hilary Jones

Even with the most advanced rider protection devices, the mix of metal, tarmac and speed can result in calamitous damage to the body. Rehabilitation and recovery can mean months of pain and psychological stress.

The important thing to remember is that it's OK to ask for help if things are getting to you. It's a perfectly normal response to trauma.

Dr Hilary Jones

Medical broadcaster and GP

Can I receive interim compensation payments?

In a serious motorcycle accident, you may need financial compensation quickly to help with your immediate needs.

It could be for expenses such as covering transport, accommodation or special equipment costs. You may be on reduced or statutory sick pay as a result of your injuries and may need help with bills or a mortgage.

If you need interim payments during your claim, your motorcycle claim solicitor will help you to get these and talk you through the process.

Can you help with my rehab and recovery?

The specialist motorcycle accident lawyer we appoint for you will assess your claim. A no win no fee personal injury claim includes a free medical assessment. This helps your lawyer collect important medical evidence that supports your claim. The professionals we and our solicitors work with are doctors registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). They use the assessment report to establish the extent and impact of your injuries. They'll also recommend any future rehabilitation or treatment you might need to get you back to how things were.
Whether your motorcycle accident has left you needing surgery, physiotherapy, long-term care or counselling, we're here to help make it right for you.

What are the symptoms of a serious motorcycle accident injury?

With over a third of motorcycle accidents resulting in serious injury or worse, they're often traumatic experiences for the victims.

However, if you're unsure about the seriousness of your injuries after a motorcycle accident, ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to any of them, call us on . It's likely we'll be able to help.

  • Have I had repeated, lengthy or ongoing medical treatment?
  • Will I need medical treatment in the long-term or for the rest of my life?
  • Have I taken long periods off work, can't return to work or aren't able to work in the same capacity?
  • Do I need help and support with everyday things I used to take for granted?

We know that compensation can't always fix things. However, we do know it can give you the financial support you need following a motorcycle accident.

What happens in a no win no fee motorcycle accident claim?

The claims process can take time to resolve and involves a series of stages that your solicitor will explain. Read our handy step-by-step guide to no win no fee road accident compensation claims to find out more. The process is identical for motorcycle accident claims.

Who pays motorcycle accident compensation?

Accidents caused by another motorist

If your motorcycle accident was caused by another motorist on a public road, their insurance company pays your compensation. This means the person responsible for your motorcycle accident won't be left with a big bill.

Accidents involving hit and run, uninsured or untraceable drivers

If your motorcycle accident injury was caused by an uninsured driver, you may still be able to make a compensation claim. A successful motorcycle accident personal injury claim made against an uninsured driver will be paid by the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB)

The MIB compensates road users involved in problematic traffic accidents. All UK-based motor insurance companies pay into the MIB each year. This means that people injured by an uninsured or untraceable driver are able to claim the compensation they deserve.

Building a motorcycle accident personal injury claim is a forensic process where strong evidence is key to a successful outcome.

Bike and helmet-mounted cameras are growing in popularity for safety reasons and our advice to any motorcyclist is ‘get one' - just in case. Video evidence really helps us do our job while you focus on recovery.

Jacob Underwood

Senior Litigator at National Accident Law

Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to damaged or unsafe road surfaces. Potholes, cracks and broken or loose, gravelly surfaces can easily cause a motorcycle accident.

Someone is responsible for all public roads around the country. Highways England are responsible for motorways and major A roads. Local councils are responsible for all other public roads, pavements and public spaces. Both have a duty of care to keep all safe to use. If your motorcycle accident was caused by a badly-maintained surface, then the body responsible will pay your compensation in a successful claim.

Can I make a no win no fee compensation claim after a motorcycle accident injury?

If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident within the last three years and it was caused by someone else, it's likely you'll be able to make a no win no fee compensation claim. You may still qualify for making a claim even if the accident was partially your fault too. We've got the experience and expertise to explain your options confidentially and impartially so you can make an informed choice about what to do next. Contact us on to find out more. All our carefully-selected solicitors can work on a no win no fee basis.

How does a no win no fee motorcycle accident compensation claim work?

A no win no fee agreement is the contract between you and the specialist solicitor we appoint for you.

No win no fee arrangements take the risk out of making an accident claim, because you don't pay anything if you lose your claim.

In a successful claim, customers typically pay around 25% of the compensation they receive towards legal fees. You'll never have to pay anything upfront and there are no hidden charges.

This means you'll never be left out of pocket and it means that making a claim for compensation is risk-free. Your solicitor will explain things in detail if you decide to go ahead with your claim.

Why should I choose National Accident Helpline?

We're the country's most-trusted and largest provider of personal accident advice. Over more than 25 years, we've lent a helping hand to over two million people who've been injured by someone else's negligence.

We also understand the complexity of a motorcycle accident and how one all too frequently can result in serious and life-changing injury.

Talk through your situation with our friendly and legally-trained advisors in complete confidence. They'll let you know if you qualify to make a claim.
Our specialist road and motorcycle accident solicitors operate nationwide.

Our no win no fee guarantee means no upfront costs, no hidden charges and you pay nothing if your claim fails. Call us free on to find out more.

One thing common to all road traffic accidents is the shock that the people involved feel. It's more pronounced with a motorcycle accident, particularly if it involves life-changing injury.

It's our job to put people at their ease and let them explain things in their own way and at their own pace.

Dean Loveridge

Legal Support Advisor at National Accident Helpline

What situations usually allow for a motorcycle accident personal injury claim?

You can make a claim for any sort of motorcycle accident injury that was someone else's fault. There are several common accident causes.

Unexpected road defects that compromise your bike's stability. 

  • These include broken tarmac, loose gravel build-up, fluid spills, faulty ironwork and potholes.
  • Hazards like these are acutely dangerous on a bend when both bike and rider are leaning into the turn.
  • If you can prove they were due local council or Highways England negligence, you may be able to claim.

Recklessness or negligence by other road users that caused you to crash. 

  • Over 60% of motorcycle accidents are caused by collisions at a junction. Often a driver doesn't spot the bike approaching, then turns right straight into the rider's path. 
  • Where you might lose control while taking evasive action to avoid a pedestrian or another hazard in the road.

A hit and run motorcycle accident where the other driver failed to stop.

Typically, you have three years from the date of your accident to make a claim. If a serious head or brain injury are involved and someone claims on your behalf, then you'll have longer.

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

A motorcycle accident can mean serious head and brain injury that leaves someone close to you unable to function normally. In those circumstances, you can make a motorcycle accident personal injury claim on their behalf. That person is called a Litigation Friend and is normally a family member or similarly responsible adult. 

If you find yourself in this situation, we can help. We're able to advise you about making a claim on behalf of somebody else and what the next steps might be. Dealing with a serious injury to a loved one is always distressing. Let our legally trained advisors help you through it.

Find out more about being a Litigation Friend and claiming on someone else's behalf. Alternatively, contact us free on and talk us through your position. We're here to listen and to help.

We pride ourselves on the free advice we're able to give about starting a no win no fee motorcycle accident claim.

You'll never be pressured by us to start a claim. When you contact us, your data is secure and will never be passed to anybody else without your permission. That includes any of our solicitor firms.

It means you can contact us for free advice about your motorcycle accident, or the accident of a loved one, with complete peace of mind. Your data will always be safe and we'll answer all your questions in confidence.

There are three free ways to contact us:

  • Call us on and you'll reach our Legal Support Centre in Kettering, Northamptonshire.
  • Start your claim online by simply entering your details in our short online form.
  • Click on the ‘live chat' button at the bottom of your screen, where you can have a secure instant message conversation with one of our Legal Support Advisors.

Remember, you're under no obligation to start a claim when you contact us. We're simply here to give you the advice you need about making a motorcycle accident personal injury claim.