Motorcycle accidents are fairly common in the US. And unfortunately, many of them are deadly. According to a recent survey by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 4500 motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2014. While helmets and proper driving practice can help decrease these accidents to an extent, truth be told, it is likely almost impossible to completely eliminate them.
Motorcycle accidents are also more severe than other auto accident for several reasons, including the lack of vehicle lack safety equipment such as seatbelts, airbags, and steal frames. This can result in a range of injuries, from mild road rashes to more severe brain injuries. Keep reading to learn more about motorcycle accidents and financial recovery.
1. Road rash
Motorcyclists who drive with their skin exposed are vulnerable to abrasions from the pavement. Of course, even in sturdy clothing, the gear may still get ripped due to pressure or torn upon collision. This can allow the skin to get scrapped too. The resulting wounds may wind up scarring, which can last forever.
Because of impact or weight of your own vehicle, you may fracture a bone during a motorcycle accident. Common broken bones resulting from motorcycle accidents include wrists, legs, and hips. Depending on the bone that is fractured, you internal organs may also be affected, resulting in internal bleeding, organ damage and splintering. A simple fracture will need a cast and a few weeks time to recover. Complex ones may require surgery and a much longer period of recovery.
Not wearing head and body protection can result in serious injuries. Teeth, head, jaw, and fingers are often the most affected parts. These types of broken bones and injuries often require extensive surgeries, which are costly. Plastic surgery may also be needed in some cases. Speak with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your legal rights and potential for financial compensation.
4. Traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injuries are common in serious accidents, especially those involving motorcycles. The force of the accident can cause long-term damage, including severe headaches, concussions and loss of motor or cognitive skills. Rehabilitation treatment can help recover some abilities; however, certain losses may be permanent.
Your brain is the powerhouse of your body. If even a small part of it stops working, your whole body could suffer the impact. Movement is a function mainly controlled by your brain. Injury to the brain or spinal cord can result in paralysis.
If you or a loved one was recently injured in a motorcycle accident resulting from someone else’s negligence, contact attorney Barry P. Goldberg to discuss your next steps and financial recovery.