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Motorbike Injury Claim Payouts: Compensation Calculator For Common Motorcycle Injuries

In this article we set out the most common types of injury you can suffer in a motorbike accident; how much you can expect to claim in compensation (including – head impact, back injury, arm and leg fractures, psychological damage); why severe injuries are common and how a compensation calculator determines average payouts for multiple injuries .

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Payouts Table For Motorbike Injury Claims In 2023

Our motorbike accident claim payouts table provides a quick guide for the range of compensation amounts you can expect for general damages for typical motorcycle injuries.

Motorbike InjuryCompensation Payout
Head£1,900 – £354,000
Back£6,900 – £354,000
Forearm£5,800 – £115,000
Leg£8,000 – £247,000
Psychological£3,000 – £88,000
More Detail Of Injury Types To Each Body Part
Later in this article we provide more detail of all the different types of injuries to each body part with an explanation of how the claim payouts are calculated.

Why are you likely to suffer severe injuries in a motorbike accident?

Motorbikes are relatively small vehicles and provide little protection to the rider in a collision.

When hit by a larger vehicle – the force absorbed by the motorbike and rider can be immense leading to traumas, such as broken bones and head injuries.

When you suffer severe physical injuries in a traumatic event – you will often suffer a psychiatric injury.

Compensation calculator for the most common types of motorbike injury claim

Your personal injuries must be described by an independent medico-legal expert (typically instructed by your solicitor) in a report to include them in your compensation claim.

At the time of writing this article the approximate amounts of motor accident compensation you could claim for some common types of bike injury, include:

Year On Year Compensation Payout Updates
The amount of compensation you can claim for each injury type will increase year on year.
We provide links later in this article – to our updating payout articles for each body part.

Head Injury Average Compensation Payout Amounts

Despite wearing a protective helmet a head injury is still quite common in a motorbike accident – the amount of compensation you can claim depends upon the severity of your initial pain, the length of time your pain lasts and whether any brain injury has taken place.

Minor head injury claim amount

Should you suffer a minor head injury with pain for a few weeks to a few years will lead to a settlement between £1,900 to £11,000.

Minor brain injury payouts

A claim calculator for a motorbike head injury leading to minor brain injury with continuing problems such as a personality change is worth between £13,000 to £38,000.

Severe brain injury motorcycle accidents

The most severe brain injury can lead to average payouts of up to £354,000.

Updated head injury payouts article

See our up-to-date head injury compensation article for revised payout amounts.

Back Injury Motorcycle Accident Claim Payouts

The amount of money you will receive for your back injury in a motorcycle accident will depend upon the severity of your initial pain, the length of time you suffered pain, whether there was damage to the vertebrae of your spine and the if so the extent of the damage.

Minor Back Injury For 2 Years

Average payouts for back damage with minor pain up to two years will be worth up to £6,900.

Minor Back Injury Lasting 5 Years

Back injury with minor pain up to five years will give motor bike injury claim compensation monies of between £6,900 to £11,000.

Back Injury With Permanent Disability

Compensation calculators for motorbike accident back injuries which involve permanent disability, fractured vertebrae and a disc prolapse give an average payout of up to £141,000.

Paraplegia – Paralysis Of Lower Body

If paraplegia (paralysis affecting the lower part of your body) is caused by your back injury your motorbike injury settlement will likely be calculated between £192,000 – £249,000.

Quadriplegia – Total Paralysis

If your back injury causes quadriplegia (partial of total paralysis of all your limbs) a motorbike injury claim claim calculator for your pain and suffering would give rise to a claim between £284,000 – £354,000.

Latest Back Injury Payouts Article

Updated compensation amounts – see our updated back injury compensation and paralysis compensation amounts articles.

Forearm Injuries In A Motor Bike Accident Average Payout Amounts

There are two bones in your forearm known as the ulna and radius. They can be fractured in a simple or complicated manner.

A complicated fracture is one which is not clean or simple and will normally need some form of surgery to remedy.

Forearm fractures are common in motorbike accidents as riders absorb the impact of a fall or collision.

The amount of compensation you can claim for your forearm injury depends on how long your pain lasts, whether your fracture was simple or complicated and whether you suffer permanent disability.

Simple Fracture Of Your Forearm

A simple fracture of your forearm with a small ongoing disability or deformity will lead to an average payout of between £5,800 – £16,800.

Complicated Forearm Fracture

Complicated fracture of forearm in a motorcycle accident causing significant ongoing disability will lead to a compensation calculator for your pain and suffering of between £16,800 – £34,400.

Forearm Injury Causing Permanent Disability

If your fracture is more severe and leads to permanent disability or even amputation you can claim settlement compensation of up to £115,000.

Forearm Payouts Calculator Updated Article

Compensation calculator update – see our arm injury compensation payouts article.

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Leg Injury Motorbike Accident Payouts

Your leg has several different bones that can be injured in a motor bike accident, but when it comes to the ankle, the knee and the hip – valuations can be complicated.

We shall look at injuries to the long bones only – two in the lower leg known as the tibia and fibula and one in the upper leg known as the femur.

Simple Fracture Of Your Tibia Or Fibula

A simple fracture to tibia or fibula (with complete recovery_ will lead to an average payout of up to £8,000.

Simple Fracture Of Your Femur In A Motorbike Accident

Your motorbike injury compensation payout for a simple fracture of the femur (thigh bone) with complete recovery will likely be between £8,000 – £12,400.

Fractures With Incomplete Recovery

Fractures with incomplete recovery will lead to a settlement of up to £24,000

More severe injuries to the legs can be worth up to £119,000

Leg Amputation Payout Amount

If amputation is necessary your motorbike injury claim payout may be calculated up to £247,000.

Leg Injury Updates

Leg injury compensation update – see our leg injury compensation payout amounts update article.

Motorbike Accident Psychiatric Injury Claim Payouts

One of the more common psychiatric injuries following a traumatic event is known as post traumatic stress disorder.

During a traumatic motorbike accident (especially when significant injury is suffered) you may experience horror, intense fear and a feeling of helplessness.

Following your accident – you may have difficulty concentrating, sleeping and you may persistently re-experience the trauma of the accident finding you pulse racing and difficulty breathing.

These symptoms can affect: your ability to cope with life and work, your personality and relationships with friends and family.

A psychiatric report is necessary to prove post traumatic stress disorder and calculating the amount of compensation you can claim can be complex.

Post Traumatic Stress With Symptoms Up To 2 Years

Post traumatic stress disorder with main symptoms lasting up to 2 years  – you could expect a motorbike injury claim settlement of between £3,000 – £7,200.

Severe PTSD Motorbike Accident Claim Payout

The claim calculator for a most severe post traumatic stress disorder – up to £88,000.

Psychological Injury Claim Update

See our PTSD compensation article for the latest compensation amounts you can claim for psychological injury.

How is your overall compensation payout calculated if you suffer multiple injuries?

Unfortunately, in the UK the amount of each of your injuries in a motorbike accident is not simply added together to give your overall compensation.

Take a look at our multiple injury claim article to see how the payout calculation may depend on the type and severity of the body part involved. Quite often – the overall compensation being larger than the sum of the compensation payouts for individual body parts.

Motorbike Accident Compensation Summary And Next Steps

You have seen the types of serious injury a motorbike accident can lead to, examples of the amounts of the compensation you can claim for each and how to calculate the compensation payout you are entitled to when you suffer multiple injuries.

We offer specialist solicitor free legal help and assistance – you can ask us an online question, call us direct, arrange a specialist solicitor callback or have the merits of your potential motorbike injury claim assessed.