07 Feb Motorbike Accident Claims
Road traffic accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injuries in Ireland, with motorbike accidents causing some of the most severe injuries, due to the vulnerability of the motorcyclist. Otherwise, motorcycle accidents are treated under law the same way as other road traffic accidents.
If you have been involved in a motorbike accident talk to one of Ferrys Solicitors LLP Personal Injury Solicitors to discuss your claim.
Types of Injuries caused by Motorbike Accidents
Alongside the trauma of the initial crash, a motorcyclist is also at risk from being thrown a large distance from their bike, causing further injury.
Head Injuries & Whiplash
Around 80% of motorcyclists killed due to road accidents die from major head injuries. People can also suffer less severe injury to their head and neck in the form of whiplash. Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck and back. The most common cause of whiplash is by a severe jerk to the head following a rear collision car accident, where one vehicle rams into the back of another.
Whiplash symptoms can range from reduced movability of the head and neck to lower back pain and headaches.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Motorbike accidents commonly lead to injuries to soft tissue including muscles, tendons and ligaments, resulting in pain, damage and loss of function. These injuries usually recover over time.
Spinal Cord Injuries & Amputations
More serious injuries due to motorbike crashes can include spinal cord injury (SCI). In these cases, the injured party can suffer from nerve damage or tingling in their limbs. More severe damage to the spinal cord can result in loss of bodily functions, chronic pain or paralysis
How much compensation am I entitled to for my motorbike accident?
Due to the wide range of injuries a person can suffer, compensation levels can vary accordingly.
Dislocation of an arm can have compensation levels up to €17,500; severe spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis of all four limbs have an upper range of compensation up to €450,000. However, when calculating your personal injury claim, all injuries are taken into consideration together, and viewed as a whole, rather than as separate cases. For a better breakdown of injuries by body area and severity, please download our free Compensation Claims eBook.