Fatal Motorcycle Accident Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim? – Calculate Amounts

By Jo Jeffries. Last Updated 4th January 2022. Welcome to our motorcycle accident compensation guide. Within this particular guide, we are going to discuss fatal motorcycle accident claims in length. We will also outline how a personal injury lawyer could offer to handle your case under a No Win No Fee agreement.

On this page, you will find a guide to the legal process of making a compensation claim for a fatal motorcycle accident. As long as you are ready to begin making your claim within the personal injury claims time limit of three years, this guide will help you. It covers everything you need to know to educate yourself about the legal process your solicitor will follow when claiming on your behalf.

If you don’t have enough time to read this guide entirely, just call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 today, and we will explain the claims process to you and get started with your claim.

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A Guide To Fatal Motorcycle Accident Claims

fatal motorcycle accident claims

Fatal motorcycle accident claims

This guide to using a personal injury lawyer to claim those that have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident covers all of the information you will need to know about starting and making a claim for motorcycle accident compensation.

We have not included an online personal injury claims calculator on this page. They are generally very inaccurate and tend to give claimants an overinflated idea of how much they might be able to claim in compensation for a fatal motorcycle accident. On this page, you will find information such as:

  • A description of what fatal motorcycle accidents are and how they can lead to the death of the rider or pillion passenger.
  • Some key statistics concerning fatal motorcycle accidents in the UK each year.
  • Information on how driver negligence can lead to a fatal motorcycle accident.
  • Information on how a driver that has been distracted for some reason can cause a fatal motorcycle accident.
  • Information on how a speeding driver can lead to a fatal motorcycle accident taking place.
  • Information on how a drunk driver or under the influence of drugs can lead to a fatal motorcycle accident.
  • A list of some of the other common reasons for fatal motorcycle accidents in the UK each year.
  • Details on the legal process of making a compensation claim for a fatal motorcycle accident at work.
  • Details on the legal process of making a compensation claim for a fatal motorcycle accident in a public place.
  • A list of the legal entities that can claim compensation for a fatal motorcycle accident.
  • A list of the steps you should take if you have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident and need to make a compensation claim.
  • A list of all of the types of compensation you may be able to claim if you lose a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident.
  • A table that details typical amounts that a dependant can claim for a loved one’s death in a fatal motorcycle accident.
  • An introduction to the national claims service that Accident Claims UK offers to people who need to claim compensation for a loved one’s death in a fatal motorcycle accident.

When you reach the end of this motorcycle accident claims guide and have extra questions, you can call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this page, and we will answer them for you.

What Are Fatal Motorcycle Accidents, And How Do They Cause Deaths?

A fatal motorcycle accident can involve either the rider of the motorcycle or a pillion passenger. Motorcycle accidents are far more likely to result in fatalities than car accidents. The rider and their passenger are not protected by the vehicle itself when a collision occurs. Furthermore, motorcyclists who are not wearing full safety equipment and protective clothing are more likely to suffer a fatality than those who do. Motorcycle accidents are commonly caused by drunk drivers, speeding, negligence, distraction, or various other situations.

If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, then Accident Claims UK can connect you with a personal injury solicitor to help you with personal injury claims. Call us at the number in the last section of this motorcycle accident compensation guide to help you.

Statistics For Fatal Motorcycle Accidents

fatal motorcycle accident statistics

Fatal motorcycle accident statistics

Look at the graph above. We can see that motorcyclists make up just 1% of the traffic on UK roads, yet they account for 21% of all fatalities caused by a road traffic accident in the UK each year. This means that motorcyclists are approximately 40% more likely to die in a road traffic accident than other motorists. To easily visualise numbers, consider that around 30 motorcyclist or pillion passengers die in the UK every day.

Accident Claims UK can connect you with fatal motorcycle accident lawyers who will help you claim wrongful death compensation if you lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash. Call us on the number at the end of this page to proceed.

Driver Negligence Leading To Fatal Motorcycle Accident Claims

When it comes to a fatal motorcycle accident UK, UK drivers causing death through negligent driving will be considered to have committed a criminal offence in the UK. Drivers who cause a motorcycle accident fatality through speeding, drunk driving, dangerous driving, or other violations of UK traffic laws could end up in prison in the most extreme cases.

Accident Claims UK can help you prove that a negligent driver was the cause of a loved one’s death and caused a wrongful death fatal motorcycle accident. Call us at the number down at the end of this motorcycle accident claims guide to learn how.

A Distracted Driver Caused The Accident, Can I Claim Fatal Accident Compensation?

Making a motorcycle accident claim due to a distracted driver is common. There are many ways that a driver can be distracted, resulting in a fatal accident, such as:

  • Texting while driving.
  • Speaking on the phone while driving and not using a hands-free kit.
  • Posting social updates using apps such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  • Playing music too loud.
  • Talking to the passengers in the car.

If a cause such as these results in a distracted driver causing a fatal motorcycle accident, then Accident Claims UK can help you claim for the loss of a loved one. Call us at the number at the bottom of this motorcycle accident compensation guide to proceed.

What If The Other Driver Was Speeding?

Speeding is the single most commonly committed motoring offence in the UK every year. When it comes to causing death, fatal motorcycle accident victims are often killed due to another driver speeding. When a speeding driver fails to notice a motorcyclist until too late, they will often pass the motorcyclist far too closely. This can cause the motorcyclist to panic or speed the vehicle to clip a motorcycle part as they pass it.

If you have lost a loved one due to a speeding driver causing a motorcycle accident, then call Accident Claims UK on the number in the last section of this motorcycle accident claims guide so that we can help you.

Making A Claim For A Death Caused By A Fatal Motorcycle Accident When The Other Driver Is Drunk

Despite the UK Government’s best efforts to minimise drunk driving cases, there are still many cases in the UK every year. Drunk drivers can cause fatal motorcycle accidents, either by colliding with the motorcycle or causing a hazard that the motorcyclist cannot avoid.

If you have lost a loved one due to the actions of a drunk driver causing a motorcycle crash, call Accident Claims UK on the number down at the end of this guide to start your claim for motorcycle accident compensation today.

What Other Factors Commonly Lead To Fatal Motorcycle Accidents?

Besides the reasons above, numerous other causes could lead to a motorcycle accident today. And these include:

  • Riding a motorcycle on poorly maintained roads.
  • Oil, diesel or some other liquid spill.
  • Uninsured drivers and hit and running accidents.
  • Riding a motorcycle that is faulty or in need of
  • Not wearing a full set of protective gear.
  • Reduced visibility and dangerous road conditions caused by the weather.

If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident that was not their fault, Accident Claims UK may be able to help you to claim compensation. Call us at the number at the end of this page to find out if we can help.

Fatal Motorcycle Accidents When Working

When making motorcycle accident claims for accidents that happened while the victim was working, you will need to prove that the victim’s employer contributed to the accident somehow. This could include reasons such as:

  • Providing a motorcycle that was dangerous to ride in some way.
  • Not providing sufficient training for the rider.
  • No providing a proper set of protective clothing and a good quality helmet.
  • Not following legislation with regards to the number of hours a worker is allowed to drive each day.

If you have lost a loved one due to a motorcycle accident at work due to these reasons, then Accident Claims UK can help you make a compensation claim. Call us at the number in the last section of this motorcycle accident compensation guide to proceed.

Fatal Motorcycle Accidents Leading To A Death In A Public Place

If a fatal motorcycle occurs in a public place such as the car park of a supermarket, in the entranceway of a public library, or on any public road, then it could be that you can make a personal injury claim due to a third party being responsible in some way.

Every legal entity that allows the public access to its roads, such as a retail store, or even the local council, is required by law to keep these roads safe at all times. If they fail to do so, a reason to make a claim will exist.

If you have lost a loved one due to a fatal motorcycle accident in a public place, then Accident Claims UK can help you make motorcycle accident claims. Call us at the number at the bottom of this page to proceed.

Who Is Eligible To Claim After Someone Dies In A Fatal Accident?

If a person were to have a fatal motorcycle accident today, then three separate legal entities will be entitled to make a compensation claim, and these are:

  • Dependants – if the victim left dependants such as a spouse or children, then these will be eligible to make a compensation claim.
  • Family – if there are no dependents, then members of the immediate family, such as a sibling or parent, will be eligible to make a compensation claim.
  • The estate – if the victim leaves behind a business or other organisation that will suffer greatly from the loss of key personnel, then it may be eligible to make a compensation claim.

To find out of you are eligible to claim for a fatal motorcycle accident, call Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this guide and let you know.

What Should You Do If Someone Is Killed In A Fatal Motorcycle Accident?

If you need to make a compensation claim for the loss of a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident, then there are some steps you can take to make the process of making a claim much easier, and these include:

  • Get all of the legal documents regarding the accident, how it occurred, etc. and make them ready for your solicitor to use.
  • If there is any evidence to support the claim, for example, photographs of the accident location or witness reports, make sure to give these to your solicitor.
  • If you have suffered any financial losses following the loss of a loved one, list these and provide documented proof to your solicitor.

Once you have taken steps such as these above, you should contact Accident Claims UK on the number at the bottom of this webpage to start claiming motorcycle accident compensation.

What You Could Claim Compensation For If A Loved One Dies

When you claim compensation for the loss of a loved one in a motorcycling accident, the payment you receive will be made up of a variety of different kinds of damages, for many different reasons, such as:

  • Psychological damage – if the loss of somebody close to you has left you with psychological problems such as depression or post traumatic stress disorder.
  • Suffering – the initial anguish of losing a loved one.
  • Loss of financial support – if the family’s breadwinner is lost, meaning lost earnings, it could be possible to claim for the financial loss.
  • Travel costs – if you have had to pay to travel to arrange for the funeral, visit your solicitor, etc.
  • Home help – if you have had to employ somebody to help around the home due to no longer having the support of the deceased.

These are just some of the kinds of damages you may be able to claim for losing a loved one in a motorcycle accident; there are more. Please call Accident Claims UK on the number at the end of this guide to find out what you could include in your motorcycle accident claims.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident Compensation Claims Calculator

Below is a table that shows the amount of compensation typically paid to compensate for the loss of a loved one in an accident:

ConditionPayment
Death and financial lossesOver £500,000
Severe Shoulder Injuries£18,020 to £45,070
Serious Shoulder Injuries £11,980 to £18,020
Severe Arm Injuries£90,250 to £122,860
Less Severe Injury£18,020 to £36,770
Severe Wrist Injury£44,690 to £56,180
Loss of Both Legs£225,960 to £264,650
Severe Knee Injuries£65,440 to £90,290
Moderate Knee Injuries£13,920 to £24,580
Serious Achilles TendonIn the region of £36,060

To get a much more accurate estimate of how much compensation you can claim, speak to Accident Claims UK today on the number at the end of this page.

No Win No Fee Fatal Motorcycle Accident Claims

Were you looking to make a fatal motorcycle accident claim on behalf of a lost loved one? If so, you may not want to go it alone. However, you may be concerned about how much it would cost you to use the services of a personal injury solicitor to help you make such claims. We offer a No Win No Fee service. This means that you would not have to pay anything upfront to utilise one of our solicitors’ services. It would allow you to rely on a legal professional to put your claim together and fight for the maximum compensation possible for your case. You would not have to pay any fees to your lawyer until your claim ended and compensation came through.

To make a No Win No Fee claim you would first have to sign a Conditional Fee Agreement. This document would be sent to you by your solicitor and would contain details of the success fee you would pay them if your claim ended with a settlement. Success fees are generally calculated as percentages of payouts, and are legally capped.

 

When your lawyer achieved a compensation payout for you, they would deduct the success fee from your settlement and the rest would go to benefit you. If you have questions about No Win No Fee claims, the No Win No Fee agreement or success fees, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team.

How Accident Claims UK Can Support You In Your Claim

Here at Accident Claims UK, we have helped many people secure the compensation they are eligible for, and we can do the same for you. Our team of solicitors is experienced in a wide range of compensation cases, including fatal accidents.

We are always on hand to keep you updated on how your claim is progressing or answering any questions about what we are doing on your behalf to move your claim forward. And we can explain how to use a compensation calculator for your case accurately.

Call Accident Claims UK on the number below. We will talk you through the motorcycle accident compensation claims process and help you get started with making motorcycle accident claims today.

Contact Accident Claims UK Today About Fatal Motorcycle Accident Claims

Do you need to make a compensation claim because you have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident? If you do, then call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 now. Once you have done so, we will listen to your case’s details and then offer you some legal advice on what we think you should be doing next.

Useful Information And Advice Relating To Fatal Motorcycle Accident Claims

NHS  coping with bereavement

This NHS link has help and advice information when coping with bereavement.

We have provided the link below, which will take you to a guide for claiming compensation for motorcycle accidents:

A guide to claiming for motorcycle accidents

We have provided the link below, which will take you to a UK Government website covering riding motorcycles:

UK Government info on motorcycles

We have provided the link below, which will take you to a UK Government website covering safety consideration when riding a motorcycle:

UK Government motorcycle safety info

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Fatal Motorcycle Accident Claims FAQs

What are common car accident injuries?

  • Neck Injuries.
  • Back Injuries.
  • Concussions.
  • Broken bones.
  • PTSD.
  • Internal Bleeding.
  • Bruising.

How much do you get for pain and suffering in a car accident?

The amount of compensation you could be awarded will often be influenced by the cause of the accident, the damages caused, the severity of the damages, and long-lasting influences.

What are the latest road traffic accident statistics?

Within this section of the guide, we wanted to provide some statistics by the HSE. There were 1,752 reported road deaths in 2019, 25,945 serious injuries in road traffic accidents reported to the police, and a total of 153,158 casualties of all severities.

In 2020, the Department for Transport released statistics that showed that 285 motorcyclists were killed on UK roads during 2020. These were estimated figures at the time of posting. Even though there were four months in which the UK was in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, this still represents a significant number of fatalities. You can see how this compares to the year before in the graph below.

fatal motorcycle accident claims statistics graph

What are the chances of getting in a motorcycle accident?

On average, around 1% of motorcyclists end up being in an accident.

How long does it take to heal from a motorcycle accident?

Injuries could take anywhere from a few months to a few years to fully recover from, with some victims suffering permanent injuries.

What is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents?

This is generally the motorists not noticing that motorcyclists are nearby and thus accidentally colliding with them.

Can a motorcycle accident cause PTSD?

It is possible for the trauma of a motorcycle accident to result in the victim developing PTSD.

Which motorcycle has the most accidents?

Cruisers, street bikes and MX/enduro motorcycles tend to be most common for motorcycle accidents.

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on motorcycle accident claims. We hope you have learned a lot about claiming for motorcycle accident compensation.