Motorcycle enthusiasts will often tell you that what attracts them most to the riding is the freedom these vehicles offer. However, it is that same freedom – of being completely unprotected on the open road – that often leads to catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle accident. After all, there is nothing that protects the rider from the impact of a large, heavy vehicle when it smashes into the motorcycle.
Attorneys know all too well that many motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers and not because the motorcyclist was driving recklessly. In many of the accident cases our motorcycle accident attorneys have handled, the crash was caused because the driver of the other vehicle just did not see the motorcycle.
The following are some of the most common injuries our motorcycle accident victims have suffered:
Brain Injury: When there is a sudden blow to the head, or a sudden jolt, there is serious risk of a traumatic brain injury. This can occur even when a rider is wearing a helmet. Symptoms of a brain injury include headaches, difficulty sleeping, confusion, loss of memory, slurred speech, nausea, vomiting, clear fluids draining from the mouth or ears, and dilation of the pupils. An untreated brain injury can lead to seizures, disability, coma, and death.
Neck and Spine Injuries: One of the most devastating injuries a rider can suffer in a motorcycle accident is an injury to the neck or spine. These injuries are often so catastrophic that the result is either complete paralysis or death. The medical bills for these injuries are astronomical, as these types of injuries usually leave to a lifetime of other medical complications that are often life-threatening. In most cases, the victim is unable to work, which can be devastating if they were responsible for financially providing for their family.
Trunk/Body Injuries: Motorcycle accident victims often suffer injuries to their trunk, including their abdomen, chest, rib cage, and internal organs. These injuries can range from minor to severe. Minor injuries may only require a short recovery time with no permanent damage. Other trunk injuries, such as bleeding internally, can pose a major risk to the victim’s life.
Injuries to the Lower Extremities: Almost half of all motorcycle accident crashes result in victims sustaining injuries to the lower extremities. This includes the pelvis, knees, legs, ankles, feet, and toes. Although these injuries are less severe than those to the upper body, these injuries still often require hospital stays, rehabilitation, and recovery. Victims are still left with high medical bills and loss of income because of all the work they miss while they recover. These damages, as well as the pain and suffering and other impacts the injuries have, may all be recoverable under some states’ law.
Let a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Help
If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, contact a lawyer, like a Canoga Park motorcycle accident lawyer, for help in obtaining the financial compensation you deserve. Our motorcycle accident attorneys will protect your rights and work diligently to obtain the damages you are entitled to for the losses the injuries you have suffered have caused. Call today to schedule a free consultation.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from Barry P. Goldberg, PLC for their insight into motorcycle accident cases.