Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Thousands of individuals are injured on motorcycles each year in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in crashes during 2015. The number of injured riders has fluctuated over the past decade; however, the number has never fallen below 81,000 individuals. Injuries from motorcycle accidents can result in substantial physical, emotional, and financial damages.
Common Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents
Each accident is differently; therefore, the injuries sustained depend on the specific circumstances of the collision. However, there are some injuries we see more commonly in motorcycle crashes because of the nature of the vehicle. Without the protection of a steel frame, airbag, and seatbelt, the rider receives the full impact of the collision.
Here is a look at some of the most common injuries motorcyclists sustain in a crash.
Head and Brain Injuries
Head injuries are common in a crash. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of a head injury; however, it cannot prevent all injuries. Injuries to the head and brain range from mild concussions to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Riders who suffer TBI or severe brain damage can suffer permanent disabilities that require long-term medical and personal care. Because medical attention is crucial when a head injury is involved, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of a brain injury. Common symptoms of TBI and head injuries include:
- Vomiting and nausea
- Dizziness and lack of coordination
- Memory problems and lack of concentration
- Fatigue, drowsiness, or other sleeping problems
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Slurred speech or blurred vision
We urge you to review the full list of symptoms provided by the Mayo Clinic on its website.
Broken Bones and Fractures
Broken bones and fractures may not sound as serious as a head injury; however, they can result in painful surgeries and ongoing physical therapy. The recovery time for a broken bone can take several months. Furthermore, compound fractures and shattered bones can result in a permanent disability. Injury to the extremities is common because a rider often tries to break his fall or reduce the severity of the impact by using his hands, arms, and legs.
Road Rash and Lacerations
When another vehicle hits a rider, he is thrown from the motorcycle or knocked to the ground. In many cases, the rider skids across the pavement or is drug by the motorcycle or the other vehicle. This motion can cause severe road rash (abrasions) and lacerations. While many cases of road rash heal with minimal treatment, severe cases may require reconstructive surgery. If an infection develops, serious complications can result that can be life-threatening.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Any injury to the back or spinal cord can result in a permanent disability. Depending on the severity and location of the injury, the rider can suffer partial or total paralysis. The spinal cord is responsible for sending messages throughout the body. Therefore, any injury can disrupt numerous bodily functions. For riders who are not paralyzed, the recovery from a back injury can take months of painful physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Other Injuries Sustained In Motorcycle Accidents
You can sustain a wide variety of injuries in a motorcycle crash. Some of the other injuries that our attorneys see in motorcycle crash claims include:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Damage to internal organs
- Internal bleeding
Even minor injuries can become life-threatening if not treated by a medical professional. You should always seek medical attention after any accident.
Filing a Claim for Damages
Your first thought after a motorcycle crash may not be filing a claim or lawsuit. However, bills begin to pile up, and you continue to lose income because of your injuries. You deserve to be compensated for these financial losses and other damages from the negligent driver or third party who caused the collision. Our attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve so that you can continue to recover from injuries caused by a careless or reckless driver.