It’s no secret that driving a motorcycle has its risks, just as any other mode of transport does, but recent Government statistics alarmingly show that the number of motorcycle fatalities actually increased in 2017 in comparison to the previous year.
Here, we provide you with motorcycle accident statistics for the UK, what to do if you have been involved in a motorcycling accident, and how you can claim compensation for an accident that wasn’t your fault.
Each year, an average of 5,000 motorcyclists are seriously injured on UK roads and statistics from Brake – the road safety charity – state that British motorcyclists are 81 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured per mile travelled than those in cars.
The number of motorcyclists killed on UK roads increased the most of all road user groups in 2017, according to Government statistics. A total of 349 motorcyclists were killed in 2017, which is sadly more than the previous year.
There were also 18,042 motorcyclist casualties in 2017, with 91% of which being male and 30% aged between 17-24 years of age.
Motorcycle accident injury statistics show just how much a risk riding a motorbike can be, but injuries involving motorcyclists are all too often caused by the carelessness of those in other vehicles.
Due to the large number of motorcycle accidents caused by other road users, many motorcyclists are rightfully turning to personal injury compensation claims.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation against the liable party’s insurance provider.
Whether it’s a personal injury claim to cover pain and suffering you have endured, a loss of earnings from being unable to work or compensation to cover the cost of repairs for damages done to your vehicle, our team of advisors can help you decide on the best claim for your situation.
If you, as a motorcyclist, are partly to blame for the accident, the case will then be categorised as a split liability agreement in order to settle any claims in the fairest way possible.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Here at Non Fault Claims, we have consulted motorcyclists that have experienced a number of different types of accidents.
Some of the most common motorcycle accidents include incidents caused by potholes and badly maintained road surfaces, as well as hit and run incidents where drivers – often uninsured ones – hit a motorcyclist as a result of their carelessness and drive away without leaving any contact details.
Motor Insurers’ Bureau Claims
When you have been involved in a road traffic accident that involved a vehicle driven by an uninsured driver or a driver that is not contactable, you are still able to claim through a service called the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).
The Motor Insurers’ Bureau helps thousands of motorcyclists each year due to the high frequency of hit and run incidents, so if your motorcycle has been damaged or you have been injured by a driver that cannot be contacted, you should still give us a call and we will help you claim through the MIB.
The amount of compensation you receive generally depends on any injuries that are caused by the accident and the amount of damage done to your vehicle.
Below are some examples of the typical compensation payout amounts for common injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents:
Moderate neck injury: £6,290 – £30,690
Moderate back injury: £9,970 – £30,910
Moderate knee injury: £10,960 – £20,880
Moderate foot injury: £10,960 – £19,920
Moderate brain damage: £34,330 – £174,620
To search for the average payout amount for your specific injury in relation to its level of severity, check out our full injury payout guide.
The factors considered when calculating your compensation include:
Injuries sustained and their severity
Consequences of that injury (inability to work etc.)
Damage to the motorcycle
Medical treatment, rehabilitation and costs of care needed as a result of the accident
Any mobility aids or home modifications needed
Out-of-pocket expenses, including travel costs to hospital
Lane splitting (also known as ‘filtering’) refers to motorcyclists weaving between traffic, often while the other vehicles are static or slow-moving.
Is Lane Splitting Legal in the UK?
Legally, motorbikes are allowed to filter through traffic in the UK under certain circumstances, but there are laws regarding when you can and cannot do so.
Lane splitting must only be done when the traffic is either stationary or slow-moving and can be dangerous if done without care, so motorcyclists must only do so when they feel the risk of cars suddenly changing lane is low.
Lane splitting accidents do occur and are not always the fault of the motorcyclist, which can make the claims process slightly more complex.
If a motorcyclist is riding carefully and is splitting lanes with caution at a responsible speed, but the other driver involved has changed lanes suddenly, was on the phone or simply didn’t check their mirrors and blind spots, there’s a good chance the motorcyclist will be able to claim against the other party.
In order to prove who was at-fault, evidence is needed in the form of eye-witnesses, CCTV, photographs of the incident or damages to the vehicles.
More recently, motorcyclists are now also beginning to equip themselves with motorcycle dash cameras, which can be placed comfortably on the helmet. These small cameras help to avoid a lot of hassle, and would help your solicitor resolve the claim in a timely manner, without the need for a court hearing.
If you have been hit by a vehicle while filtering through traffic, be sure to get in touch and our specialist advisors will be able to help you determine whether or not you have a claim. If they feel you do have a claim to make and that there’s over 60% of it being successful, they will then pass you onto our No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers.
Non Fault Motorcycle Claims
Road users are legally obliged to provide a duty of care for others – including motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians.
If you have been hit by a motorist while on your motorcycle and feel that it was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Simply complete our short contact form and we will be in touch at a time that is most convenient for you.