Learn More About Motorcycle Accident Injuries
According to the Insurance Information Institute, 88,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2015 alone.
Unfortunately, the injuries sustained in these types of accidents tend to be particularly devastating, as motorcycles are much less crashworthy than closed vehicles.
Recovering from motorcycle accident-related injuries is often difficult, painful, and expensive.
So, if you or a loved one are suffering from any motorcycle accident injuries, it is important to contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who can help you seek compensation for your losses.
Why are Motorcycle Accidents so Dangerous?
Motorcycles are far less crash-worthy than standard automobiles, such as passenger vehicles and trucks, as they are much smaller than other vehicles on the road. Furthermore, riders do not have the benefit of thousands of pounds of steel between themselves and the road, nor do they have seat belts and airbags, all of which goes a long way towards preventing serious injuries.
Motorcycles are also much less visible to drivers and pedestrians and are less stable than four wheel vehicles. For these reasons, motorcyclists are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to collisions with motorists.
Although there are a number of different injuries that motorcyclists can sustain in accidents, head injuries are one of the most commonly occurring and include everything from fractured skulls and concussions to traumatic brain injuries.
The latter tend to be particularly serious and can result in chronic headaches, memory loss, and mood swings. Tragically, traumatic brain injuries can even result in death. Besides head injuries, motorcyclists are also at risk of sustaining broken bones, including:
- Facial fractures;
- Compound leg bone injuries;
- Fractured collar bones;
- Broken ribs; and
- Pelvic fractures.
- Other common injuries from which motorcyclists could suffer if involved in an accident include:
- Road rash, which can range from mild abrasions and bruising to severe lacerations and nerve damage;
- Spinal cord injuries, which can cause pain, limited mobility, and paralysis;
- Organ damage and internal bleeding;
- Soft tissue injuries; and
- Abdominal injuries.
While these injuries all range in severity, most of them are prohibitively expensive to treat, as they usually require emergency transportation and treatment, a series of diagnostic tests, hospitalization, physical therapy, surgery, and even long-term nursing care.
The cost of obtaining treatment for motorcycle accident injuries can quickly drive injured motorcyclists and their families into debt, especially because injured parties are often unable to return to work for weeks or months after the crash. In serious cases, injured motorcyclists could even suffer from permanent disability and be unable to work at all, resulting in a loss of both income and benefits.
Fortunately, motorcyclists whose injuries were the result of someone else’s negligent or reckless conduct could be eligible to recover damages compensating them for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future income, property damage, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Call Today for Legal Assistance
If you are suffering from any motorcycle accident injuries after a motorcycle collision, please call (877) 714-4171 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of the dedicated motorcycle accident attorneys at Harris Law Firm, PLLC today.