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Motorbike accident claims

Specialist personal injury lawyers at Leigh Day have particular experience in representing riders who have been involved in motorbike accidents and who have been seriously injured.  They have secured substantial amounts of compensation for bikers who have suffered injuries including amputation, brain and head injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Leigh Day lawyers are exerienced and are well placed to be able to represent motorbike riders who have been involved in a road traffic accident and need specialist advice to deal with serious injury claims. The team has also represented passengers riding pillion who have suffered serious injuries, including orthopaedic and brain injuries. A number of our staff are motorbike riders themselves.

Motorcycle riders are far more likely to be seriously injured if they are involved in a road traffic accident and our lawyers have extensive specialist experience in helping injured riders bring successful claims for compensation.  Our lawyers are particularly aware of the issues affecting bike riders on the road, and know that many motorbike riders who are killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents are involved in crashes that were not their fault.

Common injuries as a result of motorbike accidents

  • Orthopaedic injuries, including pelvic fractures and crush injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Skin and bone abrasions

Common causes of motorbike accidents

  • Tired, aggressive, and unobservant drivers
  • Poor road condition, including road debris and potholes
  • Drivers changing lanes on motorways without checking mirrors
  • Drivers misjudging the speed of motorbikes
  • Car drivers turning right without checking for motorbikes
  • Lorry drivers turning left without checking for motorbikes

Case study: Rob


Rob was an experienced motorbike rider who used his bike for his daily commute to work.  Rob was involved in a road traffic accident when he was only a few minutes from his home that was the fault of a car driver who pulled out from behind a line of traffic without looking.  Rob had to undergo emergency surgery and the amputation on his leg which had been completely shattered.  Although legal action was not high on Rob’s list of priorities when he was injured another amputee recommended Leigh Day partner Sally Moore to him and Sally was able to secure a very significant amount of compensation for him which was a real relief as Rob had lost his job, largely because of his accident.  Rob has been able to use his compensation to buy prosthetic limbs which have allowed him to ski, go swimming and kayaking which were not available on the NHS. 

Case study: below knee amputation

Sally Moore and Christine Tallon represented a motorbike rider who was knocked from his bike by a car carrying out a U-turn. Their client not only had to have a below the knee amputation of one leg, but suffered serious and permanent injuries to his right ankle. Following a complex legal case Sally and Christine negotiated a significant amount of compensation for their client at the door of the court.

Case study: surgeon’s serious ankle injury

The accident team represented a maxillo facial surgeon who suffered a serious ankle injury when he was knocked off his motorbike by a vehicle turning left across his path.  His ankle injury led to his prolonged absence from his work as a surgeon as he experienced considerable difficulty walking and standing. The case was settled by specialist motorbike solicitors at Leigh Day for £100,000 plus costs.

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