Posted on February 7, 2018
You never expect a life-changing accident until it happens right before your very eyes. Being involved in a serious accident, especially on a motorcycle, can be a very trying event that leaves you with very little options as you wonder how you will manage your finances, from paying for your lifestyle without the income you once made, to paying for medical treatment when your injuries are extensive. One of the very popular types of injuries that many riders sustain on motorcycles are whiplash injuries. But what are whiplash injuries and are they treated seriously under the law?
Whiplash Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Road rash is one of the most common injuries that motorcycle riders sustain, and whiplash is next in line. Whiplash accidents happen as the result of a person’s head being jolted around after an impact, which causes muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck to overextend. Whiplash injuries can happen from many different types of accidents, but most commonly when the bike is hit from behind and the impact is at low speed. Sometimes, the pain caused by a motorcycle can radiate to different areas of the body, like your shoulders, arms, and your lower back.
Some of the tell-tale symptoms of whiplash injuries occur a day or so after the injury actually took place. These can include neck pain and stiffness, tender neck and shoulders, and headaches. Neck pain and stiffness, of course, is one of the most common injuries because your neck will retain most of the injury. You may be extremely limited in your movements for quite some time after the accident and sustain debilitating effects like dizziness, blurred vision, memory problems, ringing in the ears, and more.
Why You Should Act Quickly
No matter what type of motorcycle accident you have been involved with, you don’t want to wait to receive medical treatment. You may not feel the effects of the accident right off the bat, but motorcycle-related injuries can be very serious so you should never delay treatment. If you have been in an accident, seek medical treatment before all else, especially if you are feeling any type of discomfort from your accident. Your physician will be able to look for and identify whiplash based on your symptoms and tests that come back while you are awaiting a diagnosis. Along with this, you should also document your medical expenses related to your treatment and rehabilitation so it can be used in your claim down the road, when you are attempting to compensate for your injuries.
Never delay when you have been injured and you want to get a head start on the claim process. Your injuries may get worse or they may get better, but you may need compensation now. Every year, people are injured in motorcycle accidents and are unsure of where to turn. At the Accident Law Group, we can help you every step of the way as you attempt to gain compensation for your injuries. Call us today at 602-262-4254 for more information.