A Deeper Look Into a Motorcyclist’s Potential Injuries
Motorcyclists should all realize they are at a greater risk of injuries than most motorists in passenger vehicles. There are several reasons why motorcyclists are prone to certain serious injuries – first, they have few safety features that will protect them if they are in a crash. All they usually have is a helmet and any safety gear they may be wearing, such as boots or leather clothing, which can lessen injuries but not always prevent them. In addition, motorcyclists are not buckled onto their bikes by seat belts as motorists in cars and trucks should be. Therefore, they are often thrown off their bikes and can slam into the ground, often creating another set of traumatic injuries. The following are only a few examples of injuries commonly sustained in motorcycle accidents.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) – Many motorcycle accidents result in TBIs,1 particularly when a rider is thrown from his or her bike. Even when victims are wearing helmets, the force with which they hit the ground or other objects is often sufficient to cause serious head trauma, which is the cause of most brain injuries. TBIs also can occur when the head snaps backward and forward on the neck, as is often the case when a person is involved in a rear-end collision. These serious injuries can leave victims with extremely serious medical problems including the following:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Depression and anxiety
Spinal Cord Injuries – Spinal cord injuries, or SCIs, occur when the spinal cord is damaged or severed by physical trauma. The spinal cord is responsible for the allowing the brain to communicate with the rest of the body, so any injury to it can have extremely serious consequences. For example, even relatively minor spinal cord injuries can result in problems like loss of sensation, muscle weakness, tingling sensations in extremities, and difficulty with walking. In more severe cases, victims are completely paralyzed below the point of the injury
Broken bones – Bones are fragile and when the body collides with another vehicle, the ground, or another object, many different bones can break, fracture, or even shatter. Some common broken bones in motorcycle accidents can include:
- Arms and legs
- Facial bones
Other common injuries can include internal organ damage, internal bleeding, neck and back injuries, friction burns, among many others. All of these injuries require medical treatment that can be costly and can prevent an accident victim from working or participating in normal activities for an extended period of time.
Contact a Clearwater Motorcycle Accident Attorney for a Free Consultation Today
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should have your situation evaluated by an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. If another party caused your accident in some way, you can file a claim to hold them liable for your medical bills and injury-related losses. Call the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Florida at 727-451-6900 for help as soon as possible.
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