Posted on January 27, 2018
Motorcycle riders are not offered the same protections as those who dominate the roadways, from passenger vehicles to commercial trucks. In many motorcycle accidents, riders can expect to sustain the worst, life-threatening injuries because they have no protection from the outside, except for the helmet on their heads. Today we will look at some of the most common injuries that stem from motorcycle accidents and what it could mean for your case if you have suffered debilitating injuries.
Road Rash: One of the most common injuries that occurs in a wide variety of motorcycle accidents every year is road rash. Because motorcyclists are exposed to the elements on their bikes, they could hit a rough patch on the road or be hit by another driver and be thrown from their bike. Road rash occurs when a rider slides across pavement after their bike is hit. Most of the time, the concrete will rub on exposed skin or even fabric for those who wear protective clothing, which can only do so much in the event of an accident.
Road rash is classified in degrees, just like burn injuries. In third degree, the worst degree, the skin is completely removed and the inner layers of tissue and fat are exposed. One of the most serious complications from these accidents is the increased risk of infection, but it can also cause nerve damage in some cases.
Brain Injuries: Head injuries happen in many cases where riders are not wearing helmets, even instructed by the law. Sometimes, the brain swells or comes in contact with the skull, resulting in the most serious damage. You could either experience the most minor concussion or a serious brain injury that could impact the rest of your life.
Bone Fractures: Bone fractures commonly happen to rider’s arms, legs, and wrists. Sometimes a leg gets trapped under the motorcycle, which can cause to crushing and breaking.
Spinal Cord Injuries: Motorcycle accidents are one of the biggest leading causes of spinal cord injuries. In fact, they account for more than 35% of spinal cord injuries. Sometimes it can cause the spine to become fractured or dislocated, or lead to loss of sensation or motor function.
Have you been severely injured in a motorcycle accident and you aren’t sure where to start in regards to compensation? At Accident Law Group, we care about your case no matter how severe and want to help you compensate for a variety of injuries, some minor and some life-threatening. Call us today to get started at 602-262-3254.