How much can you claim for a motorbike injury in 2018? This complete guide tells you by experienced cycle accident solicitors. However you should not rely upon any figures in this motorcycle accident compensation calculator as advice but for guidance only. Before you make any decision about the value of your claim you must seek expert advice from specialist motorcycle accident solicitors.
The amount of compensation a motorcyclist can claim in a road traffic accident for personal injury at court, will be determine by a Judge. The judge will award damages which is dependent upon the extent of the injury, the level of pain and suffering and the duration. The longer the suffering the greater the amount of compensation paid out for the injury claim at court or out of court. The Judge will also take into account the age of the claimant, sex and any per-existing conditions or illness that may be affected by the road accident. The Judge will also take into account any mental anguish, metal health or psychological trauma such as post traumatic stress disorder following an accident.
Where serious injuries result in scarring, a plastic surgeon may be required assess the level of scarring tissue and if any surgery or cosmetic intervention can reduce the appearance of the scarring. Generally more compensation payouts are made to females than males if scarring is permanent especially to the face, legs and arms which are clearly visible.
Compensation Calculator – For Personal Injury
The charts and diagrams below indicate some possible compensation payouts you may receive if you are successful in your claim following a motorbike accident. Do not forget that in addition to the damages awarded by the court, you may also claim the following losses:
1. Compensation for the damage to your motorcycle,
2. Damage to your helmet or replacement,
3. Damage to your leathers, clothing, replacement,
4. Loss of earnings, bonuses, holiday time,
5. Medical costs
6. Rehabilitation costs
7. Care and helper costs.
8. Any other losses as a direct result of your personal injury.
For information please also take a look at our web page: motorbike accident payouts
Common Leg Injuries
Some of the most common personal injury compensation awards relate to to lower and upper limbs. Thus the calculator that motorcycle solicitors will use is with reference to decided similar cases that the Courts have awarded in the past. The Judicial Studies Guidelines has been developed to help the courts and solicitors calculate motorcycle personal injury claims. The guide is only a guide for ball park figures but individual cases will be considered when assessing the value of your compensation claim.
The amount of compensation for your leg injury will depend on the seriousness of your injuries which is determined by:
- The period of pain and suffering, the longer suffering the greater the compensation,
- The extent of the impact of the injury to your quality of life,
- If there is any psychological injury? If so it will increase any award of compensation,
- Permanent or temporary injury?
- Scarring tissue? Females tend to obtain more compensation than males.
- Any other relevant factor.
See also Serious life changing injuries which will take you to our Hutcheon Law website.
Summary of calculator for leg injures following motorbike accident
- Fractures to Tibia or Fibula up to £9,000
- Fractures to leg where recovery is incomplete up to £23,000
- Serious leg injuries leading to permanent problems on mobility up to £70,000
- Most serious leg injury short of amputation up to £114,000
- Below knee amputation of one leg up to £112,000
- Above knee amputation of one leg up to £115,000
- Loss of both legs up to £236,000
For a quick snap shot of injuries sustained following a motorcycle accident see the compensation charts below:
|Injuries Involving Paralysis|
|Total in young males||£116,000||£128,000|
|Middle aged males with children||£34,000||£65,000|
|Most severe cases (younger claimants)||£92,950||£136,950|
|Minor to moderate(much older males)||£13,800||£15,180|
|Pelvis and Hip Injuries|
|With leg instability, hip replacement||£10,175||£21,505|
|With some permanent disability||£3,190||£10,175|
|Minor to moderate||£2,900||£3,190|
|Total Loss of Both Legs||£194,700||£227,975|
|Below-knee Amputation of Both Legs||£162,800||£218,350|
|Above-knee Amputation of One Leg||£84,700||£111,100|
|The Most Serious Injuries short of Amputation||£77,825||£110,000|
|Serious leg injuries||£44,330||£68,365|
|With multiple fractures, limited movements||£22,440||£31,680|
|Fractures with incomplete recovery||£13,200||£14,520|
|Severe, with disruption of the joint||£56,375||£77,770|
|Moderate, permanent injury||£42,130||£56,375|
|With some instability or deformity||£11,900||£21,500|
|With dislocation, torn cartilage, wasting||£7,500||£13,500|
|Severe with deformity and degeneration||£25,000||£35,000|
|Moderate with some instability||£16,000||£25,000|
|With ligament tears, metal work, scarring||£6,500||£13,500|
|Minor undisplaced fractures, some scarring||£1,000||£6,500|
|Severe with restriction of movement||£18,500||£20,000|
|Serious with some limitation of movement||£12,500||£15,500|
|Moderate with no significant disability||£7,500||£9,000|
|Minor soft tissue||£1,000||£5,000|
|Amputation of Both Feet||£85,000||£100,000|
|Amputation of One Foot||£42,000||£55,000|
|Severe with permanent disability||£42,000||£55,000|
|Severe with substantial restriction on mobility||£23,000||£34,000|
|Serious with multiple operations||£12,500||£20,000|
|With displaced fractures some deformity||£6,750||£12,500|
|Simple fractures, puncture wounds||£3,000||£ 6,750|
|Amputation of All Toes||£18,500||£28,250|
|Amputation of the Great Toe||£14,000||£15,000|
|Crush injury just short of amputation||£6,750||£14,000|
|Moderate toe fractures||£1,000||£6,750|
Please note that this motorbike accident compensation calculator, applies to all types of personal injury claims not just for cycle accidents. The amount of damages our personal injury solicitors will require for a settlement figure in our out of court will depend upon the seriousness of the injuries and impact upon your quality of life. So a ‘fracture of the leg’ will be worth the same amount of compensation payout caused by a motorbike accident or a slip at work.
Motorbike Compensation Payouts – Video on Calculation of Damages at Court
The following Video guide is relevant for 2018 compensation payouts if a cyclist has been injured in a road traffic accident in Englan and Wales. Please note there is a different jurisdiction for Scotland. Please contact Hutcheon Law for further help and legal advice to help you calculate your injury award in addition to you loss of of earnings, damage to your bike, cycle hire, expenses and any other loss of income or expense.
Knee Injury Compensation Payouts – Motorbike Crash
Many motorcycle accident collisions result in the cyclist sustained leg injuries including knee fractures and dislocations. As a result we have complied a YouTube video Hutcheon Law to set out some common knee injuries and compensation calculations.
Some guidance to knee injuries are as follows:
- Lacerations, twisting, bruising, recovery complete recovery withing 4 years about £10,000
- Torn cartilage, instability in the joint, weakness, greater than 4 years £22,000
- Leg fracture resulting in permanent Knee pain, limitation of movement/agility, risk osteoarthritis £60,000
- Serious knee injury, disruption of the joint, osteoarthritis, considerable pain, athroplasty or arthrodesis likely £82.000
Cases decided at court for motorbike compensation payouts.
The following are some real life motorcycle accident compensation calculator payouts awarded by the courts. Some details and events may be changed however for confidentiality reasons and compensation amount changed for uplift and inflation. You will also see in some of the damages for personal injury we have provided a range of awards that was not mention in the judgement of the court but provides a greater degree of understanding of how much compensation for a motorcycle injury.
2012 – Pedestrian Injury Compensation – multiple injuries.
Pedestrian, aged 29, was struck at a crossing by a motorbike rider which resulted in her being thrown into the air and knocked completely unconscious. The pedestrian was then transferred to hospital with multiple injuries, such as:
• Severe Head and Brain Trauma (Subdural Hematoma – Bleed on Brain) – Valued to £10,670
• Back and Spinal Injury (Fracture of Vertebrae) – Valued at £23,210
• Pelvic Injury (Fracture of Pelvis & Diastasis of Pelvis) – Valued £6,440
• Bruising to Face, Torso and Limbs – Valued at £580 to £1,160
• Scarring to Pelvis, Head, Shoulder, Leg and Ankle – Valued at £11,500
Following the accident, the pedestrian was transferred to a specialist unit for assessment and treatment for her brain trauma and injuries where she had a plate inserted into her pelvis. She was discharged three weeks later.
Following her stay at hospital, she stayed with family for several weeks to help rehabilitate back in to normal life and recover; however, the accident had a knock-on effect which has lasted months / years later:
• Feelings of Weakness
• Mobility Issues (Use of Crutches)
• Assistance Required for Everyday Tasks
• Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy)
• Chronic Headaches
Furthermore, the injuries have massively affected the life of the woman who was due to be wed a few months after the accident. Prior to the accident she participated in athletic activities such as running, cycling and so on which she was unable to continue. She remained off work for several months and was unable to return full-time. The pelvic injuries have also made it unlikely for her to give birth naturally, with the likelihood being that she would require a caesarean section – a traumatic scenario for a woman who was previously contemplating children.
The damages compensation award for this accident were valued in the region of £50,000
2011 – Motorbike Accident Claim – injuries leg, shoulder, back £152,849
Motorcyclist, aged 48, was knocked from his motorbike when another road user drove his car across his path. The motorcycle rider was taken to hospital having sustained several major injuries:
• Leg Injuries (Fractured Tibia & Knee, Thigh Laceration) – Valued at £12,400 to £21,890
• Shoulder Injuries (Soft Tissue Damage & Subacramonial Impingement) – Valued at £2,050 to £3,630
• Back Injuries (Fracture of Central Posterior) – Valued at £6,600 to £10,450
Prior to the accident, the Motorcyclist was a self-employed builder; he was no longer able to carry on working due to injury and required training. When deciding the compensation deserved by the Motorbike rider, the court took into account his enthusiasm for work and the estimated age that he could potentially have continued working until (figure given as 65 years of age).
The damages and loss of earnings incurred following this accident were valued at £152,849
2010 – Motorbike Compensation Accident Claim – injuries to pelvis and hands £55,000
Motorcyclist, aged 51, was riding his bike when approaching a junction with a car on the opposite side indicating to turn right. The motorcyclist slowed down when the car seemed to give way so the biker continued to accelerate, the car then turned right into the path of the motorcyclist. The motorbike rider was de-seated and slid across the road into another vehicle, causing multiple injuries:
• Pelvic Injury (Unstable Pelvic Fracture) – Valued at £3,000 to £6,440
• Hand Injuries (Dislocation of Hands & Thumbs) – Valued at £4,510 to £11,110
• Medical Procedures (Blood Transfusion)
Following the accident, the motorcyclist was required to undergo numerous surgeries on his pelvis and hands, some of which resulted in infections. Internal fixators and pins were inserted in damaged areas. The accident meant that the biker was required to stay in hospital for several months.
After being discharged, the accident still had a long-lasting effect on the motorcyclist – some aspects likely to last forever, such as:
• Mobility Issues (Use of Crutches)
• Chronic Pain (Arthritis & Pelvic Pain) – Valued at £17,600 to £32,180
• Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy)
• Scarring from Surgeries
• Loss of Dexterity (Restriction of Thumb Use)
• Possibility of Future Surgeries for Pain Relief
The motorcyclist worked as an Engineer prior to the accident, working on aircrafts, in a highly skilled role. His injuries have caused him to struggle with tasks he would have been able to complete previously; he was forced to take on a sedentary role upon returning to work. The accident has also knocked his confidence in physical activity, such as cycling, running etc. this being something he used to take part in on a regular basis.
The damages compensation awards for this accident were valued at £55,000
2008 – Motorbike Accident Claim – multiple injuries to spine, head, pelvis, leg and hand £3 million
A biker, aged 37, was knocked from his motorbike after a car collided with him, liability was admitted straight away. As a result of the crash the motorcyclist sustained:
• Spinal Injury (Fractured Spine) – Valued at £76,120 to £134,590
• Head Injury (Fractured Skull) – Valued at £10,670 to £15,000
• Pelvis Injury (Fractured Pelvis) – Valued at £65,560 to £109,450
• Leg Injury (Broken Legs) – Valued at £45,840 to £70,700
• Hand Injuries (Dislocated Wrist & Hands) – Valued at £22,630 to £44,260
Again for your information the above has provided a range of figures to help you understand how motorbike accident compensation calculators work.
Experts agreed that the injuries were severe, resulting in several life-changing and long-lasting effects that the biker would suffer from, the main issue being paraplegia. This included:
• Bladder Problems (Incontinence & Urinary Infections) – Valued up to £117,700
• Mobility Issues (Use of Wheelchair & Crutches, Paraplegia) – Valued at £183,150 to £237,600
• Impotence – Valued up to £124,030
• Chronic Pain (Arthritis)
• Rehabilitation (Hydrotherapy & Acupuncture)
• Psychological Issues (Required Support and Management) – Valued at £50,050 to £84,150
The biker was an out-going motor mechanic who was very much interested in physical activities such as cycling, football etc. His fiancée gave him 24/7 care for 5 years following the accident. All things taken into consideration, such as need for care, living arrangements to accommodate his capabilities and so on; the damages for this case, including loss of earnings, were awarded at a figure in excess of £3,000,000
2007 – Motorbike Accident Compensation Calculator – Knee injury £42,000
Motorcyclist, aged around 50 years at time of accident, had been riding his bike when he was struck by a car and injured, suffering from:
• Knee Injury (Ruptured Ligament) – Valued at £21,890 to £39,000
Following this, the biker underwent surgery however it was clear that his knee was deteriorating and a replacement knee would be required within a year or so. Following this, the knee would be free from pain but problems were still present:
• Mobility Issues (Difficulty Walking, Climbing Stairs etc.)
• Unable to Work (Previously a Mechanic)
• Possible Complications (Risk of Arthroplasty)
In these circumstances, the appropriate level of damages for pain and suffering were calculated at £42,000
2006 – Motorbike Accident Claim Payout Calculator – Minor Arm and Leg Injuries £3,500
Motorcyclist, aged 32 years , was set to fly out for a holiday when, the day before he was due to travel, he was involved in a road traffic accident. The biker was thrown from his motorbike trying to avoid a car that pulled out on him, this resulted in:
• Arm Injuries (Abrasions)
• Leg Injuries (Abrasions)
The biker still went ahead with the holiday when during the flight he began to suffer pain in the injured areas – he visited a GP upon landing and was given a neck brace and painkillers. Once he returned home, the pain had mostly resolved after a few months. Damages and compensation for this case were valued at £3,500
2006 – Female Injured was riding Pillion of cycle, multiple injuries £42,000
Woman, mid-thirties, sought compensation for damages that she suffered as pillion passenger on a biker’s motorcycle when it lost control and threw her off. The passenger sustained several injuries as a result of the including a head injury accident which in turn resulted in:
• Cognitive Impairment
• Fatigue & Tiredness
• Poor Short-Term Memory
• Poor Attention Span
She returned to work; however, the effects of the accident had taken its toll on her working life and prevented her from further training. Damages for this case were valued at £42,000 in compensation calculated by her solicitors and decided by a court hearing by a Judge.
2001 – Young Cyclist sustained spinal and back injuries in a motorcycle accident: £8.000
Motorcyclist, in his early 20’s , suffered multiple injuries when he was thrown off his motorbike. Following the accident, he was taken to hospital where it was diagnosed he had sustained:
• Spinal Injury (Cervical Spine Bruising)
• Back Injury (Stiffness and Bruising)
He was working as an engineer at the time and as such the injuries affected him for several months, also preventing him from taking part in physical activity, something he previously enjoyed. In the weeks following, the motorcyclist experienced:
• Lack of Mobility (Difficulty Performing Everyday Tasks)
• Stiffness (Result of Bruising)
• Anxiety and Depression (Required Counseling)
Recovery from the accident was a long process, by 18 months the effects were minimal and a full recovery was noticed after 26 months. Compensation value for this case was calculated at £8,000
1999 – Motorbike Compensation Payout Calculated Leg and Knee Injuries £45,000
Biker, aged 46, sustained injuries when he was struck by a car whilst stationary at a junction. The car hit him whilst turning from a main road and trapped the motorbike rider underneath the vehicle. The injuries sustained by the rider include:
• Leg Injuries (Fractured Tibia & Abrasions)
• Knee Injuries (Crushed Knee)
Following the accident, the motorcyclist underwent an operation on his knee to insert a plate and screws. This resulted in:
• Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy)
• Hospital Stay
• Mobility Issues (Use of Crutches)
The injuries sustained and eventual recovery meant that the biker was required to leave work for around 7 months, returning to work part time later on. Furthermore, there were multiple long-term effects he still suffered from:
• Chronic Pain (Knee Caused Pain)
• Stiffness (Could Not Kneel Down)
• Difficulty Performing Everyday Tasks
• Likelihood of Future Surgeries (Knee Replacement Eventuality)
Overall damages compensation paid out for this case were estimated at £45,000
Motorbike Injuries Payout Calculator – Wrist, Lower Body £8,000
A young motorcyclist, fell of his motorbike after losing control of the steering. The cause was a manhole cover in the road, although liability was never established. The injuries sustained included:
• Wrist Injuries (Fractured Wrist)
• Lower Body Injuries (Lacerations)
Although the motorbike rider complained of diminished flexibility in his wrist, the actual effects were minimal and cleared up after 18 months. The damages sustained by the motorcyclist were calculated in the region of £8,000, this value would be inflated given changes to contemporary compensation awards.
Motorbike Compensation – Damages for Whiplash and Leg Injuries £30,000
Motorbike rider, aged 20, damaged in a road accident which left him suffering from multiple injuries including:
• Abrasions (Soft Tissue Damage & Whiplash)
• Leg Injuries (Fractured Tibia)
Although the biker recovered quickly from initial abrasions and whiplash, the injury to his leg was more serious, requiring surgery to insert pins and screws and time in hospital. The long terms consequences of which were:
• Stiffness and Discomfort
• Possibility of Future Surgeries
• Work Absence
• 10% Risk of Arthritis
Furthermore, pre-accident, the motorcycle rider was a keen athlete – a past time which he was forced to abandon given changes to his body after surgery etc. The compensation award for this case was calculated at £30,000, the value of which would be increased post-2013.
Delivery Rider Injured by Motorcyclists Face, Hand and Torso Injuries – Compensation Calculated £36,000
A delivery driver, was thrown from his motorbike when at work resulting in him sustaining various injuries:
• Lacerations (Face, Head & Right Hand)
• Hand Injuries (Fractured Hand)
• Torso Injuries
The result of the accident meant that the Biker was required to stay in hospital for a week, during which time he underwent surgery to his abdomen. The injuries in turn brought on other problems, such as:
• Re-occurring Headaches
• Scarring (Face, Wrist & Torso)
• Hand Deformity (Disability)
The accident left the motorcyclist anxious about riding, something he has not taken part in since. He was also required to take time off work due to changes to his body, particularly his hand which was not as dextrous as pre-accident. The effect of the accident was likely to last a life time. The value for compensation award for damages in this case were calculated at £36,000
Motorcycle Compensation for Road Accident Collision Back & Neck Damages Payout £15,000
Motorbike rider, aged 32, sustained several injuries when a car struck him in the rear whilst stationary. The Biker suffered from:
• Neck Injury
• Back Injuries (Spine & Lumbar Region)
Following the incident, the motorcyclist had X-Rays taken of his spine and was told he was fit to go home. However, he was having difficulty controlling his head because of pain and symptoms from the crash had not eased. This meant the rider:
• Required Physiotherapy
• Suffered Stiffness and Chronic Pain
• Discovered a Pre-Accident Back Problem
• Developed Sleep Problems
It was some three years later that the initial problems from the accident began to subside. The value of this claim was calculated at £15,000 for compensation damage awards.
Road Traffic Accident to Cyclist – Fractured Clavicle £4,300*
Motorcyclist, aged 18, was riding on a road surface which due to on-going maintenance was uneven, causing him to fall off his motorbike. After the accident it was diagnosed that the biker had sustained:
• Shoulder Injuries (Fractured Clavicle)
This resulted in the motorbike rider being required to wear a sling for several weeks, meaning he was unable to work. The initial pain resolved after a couple of months but discomfort when lying on his side was present, along with when the biker leant on his elbow.
This case was valued at £4,300 for damages compensation, this calculated fee would be higher in a contemporary market.
*A compensation award for a fracture of the clavicle is very much dependent upon the extent of the fracture and level of disability. A frozen shoulder for instance will result in an award between £6,000 to £10,000 with symptoms persisting for two years or more.
Female Pillion Rider on a Motorbike sustained Facial and Ankle Injuries £4,500
A female student, aged 24, was riding as a pillion passenger on a motorcycle which was involved in an accident, causing her to be thrown to the ground. The crash caused several injuries to the bike passenger:
• Facial Injuries (Fractured Nose)
• Ankle Injuries (Sprained Ankle)
The motorbike passengers fractured nose caused considerable problems, suffering pain for several months, sinus problems and difficulty breathing. The fracture also caused the area to be deformed – ultimately leading to a surgery to rectify these issues a year after the accident.
The accident was particularly distressing given the deformity caused, especially for a young woman. The compensation award for this case was valued at £4,500.