Motorcycle injuries can be devastating. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries due to a motorcycle accident, you may want to contact a motorcycle accident attorney. Not only might you incur significant medical bills but your future may be at stake depending on the seriousness of your accident. Seeking legal representation can help insure you receive maximum compensation from those responsible for your accident related injuries.
Here are some of the most common types of injuries that bikers sustain in motorcycle accidents:
Injuries to the Head
Unlike cars which provide a “wall” of protection in the form of metal doors and a roof, and oftentimes an airbag as well, you do not have the same amount of protection while riding a motorcycle. Riding a motorcycle automatically creates a level of physical vulnerability as opposed to riding in a car. If the rider chooses to not to wear a helmet to protect their head, an accident could result in a significant and life-altering head injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, death is also possible and sadly, is all too common. Some of the most common head injuries for motorcyclists in an accident include the following:
- Cracked skull
- Brain damage
- Swelling of the brain
- Neck injuries
Road rash is an injury that can easily be obtained as the result of a motorcycle accident. Many people do not realize how serious road rash can be and how it can affect the victim. Even wearing thick clothing will not always protect against road rash. Treatment might require surgery, including skin grafts which might require months of painful recovery. It might be impossible to return to work during this time. A motorcycle accident lawyer can include your lost wages in an injury claim submitted to the at-fault party’s insurance company.
A motorcycle rider can wear thick pants and/or leather in an attempt to protect his or her legs in the event of an accident but this does not always protect them from broken bones, fractures, and other serious injuries. Compound fractures and the possible resulting of severed arteries and shock can be fatal.
Some are not familiar with the term “Bikers Arm.” When laying down a motorcycle, the rider may instinctually try to break their fall with his or her arm. This can cause major injuries to the arm.
Nerve And Muscle Damage
However minor it may seem, it is always important to seek medical attention if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident. Even though you may not have sustained any broken bones or road rash, it is important that you be checked out for muscle or nerve damage, soft tissue injuries, or a head injury. If left untreated, these types of injuries can have serious consequences that may cause future problems that cannot be reversed