Motorcycle Accident Claims

Although riding a motorcycle has been made safer over the past decade, riders are still all too vulnerable to injury. YouClaim has extensive experience in motorcycle accident claims, securing compensation for damage caused by other riders, drivers and local authorities.

If you have been involved in an accident on a motorbike that was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to make a claim for your injuries and expenses incurred. To speak to a solicitor, you can either call us on 0800 10 757 95, speak to us using our online chat feature or fill in an enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Common causes of accidents

Lack of seat belts and protection make motorcyclists particularly susceptible to serious injuries when a crash occurs, which is why it’s important to wear a helmet and safety clothing whenever you’re riding a motorcycle. Riders are also vulnerable to accidents caused by defects in the road surface, such as potholes, mud, oil and other spillages. Other common causes of motorbike accidents include:

  • Not being visible to other road users
  • Drivers failing to signal
  • Side swiping
  • Drink drivers
  • Speeding motorists

However you have been injured, if it was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Who is responsible?

In most road traffic accidents, negligent drivers are responsible for your injuries, meaning you can make a claim against their insurers. However, because motorcyclists are at risk of being affected by a wide range of other hazards, claims can be made against other parties. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine the responsible party, though. For example, a spillage could either be the responsibility of those who caused the spill or the local authority responsible for maintaining the road.

Our solicitors will carry out a thorough investigation to determine who exactly is responsible for your injuries to not only ensure a claim is made against the relevant insurers, but also to ensure those who have caused your pain and suffering are brought to justice.

Riding pillion

Riding pillion refers to a passenger sitting in the seat behind the main seat on a motorbike and changes the way the bike handles, how it balances and its suspension. By allowing a passenger to take the seat on the back of their bike, the motorcyclist assumes responsibility for the passenger’s safety and if they fail to protect them, they are entitled to make a claim for compensation against the driver.

There are many risks associated with riding on the back of a bike, including being thrown off and falling when turning a corner.

There are safety precautions specifically aimed at ensuring your safety while riding pillion - some of which are specifically created for keeping children safe when riding on the bike of a parent or other adult:

  • There must be an actual pillion seat
  • The passenger’s feet must easily be able to reach the footpegs
  • The passenger must easily be able to grip the rider, the bar or the pillion handholds
  • The passenger must wear an appropriate, well-fitting helmet
  • The rider must hold a full licence - i.e. not a provisional licence

Further to this, the following recommendations are strongly advisable to decrease the chances of an accident and prevent a passenger from suffering an injury:

  • Full and proper protective clothing should be provided
  • High visibility clothing should be worn
  • Journeys should be kept short with regular breaks
  • The rider fully appreciates the impact on the bike’s performance and handling
  • The passenger understands how to behave while riding pillion


What can I claim for?

There are two main areas that make up compensation - general damages and special damages. General damages tend to consist mainly of the compensation awarded for the injury itself, including the suffering caused by the accident. Special damages are made up of the losses you have experienced and will continue to experience as the result of an accident. This can include:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Travel costs
  • Cost of medical treatment
  • Damaged personal possessions
  • Excess on a motorcycle insurance policy

How much compensation can I claim?

As the circumstances and effects of every motorbike accident are different, it is very difficult to put an accurate figure on the amount of compensation you are likely to receive, without having spoken to you about your specific accident first.

Our compensation calculator will give you an idea of what your injuries may be worth, but does not account for special damages, which are different in each individual case. We will be able to give you a more realistic figure if you give us the full details of your accident, injury and proposed recovery.

How YouClaim can help

Whatever your injury, from minor cuts and bruising to catastrophic injuries, our solicitors will ensure you receive the financial award you deserve. Our team consists of some of the best lawyers in the country, many of whom have won awards for their work. They have years of experience in dealing with claims for injuries suffered on the road and understand the intricacies of cases of this kind.

Get started today

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, whether as a rider or passenger, our team is here to help you make a claim for compensation. To speak to a solicitor, you can either call us on 0800 10 757 95, use our online chat function or fill in the contact form featured on this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.