Being in any type of accident while on the road is a scary and potentially dangerous event. For those who ride motorcycles, the danger is much more prevalent. Motorcycles do not provide the protection that a car or truck does and thus the injuries are often much more severe. In addition, it is much easier for a motorcycle rider to be thrown from his vehicle than a passenger vehicle rider to be ejected from a car.
One of injuries that is commonly associated with a motorcycle accident is a broken bone. Broken bones can be very serious. They require medical attention in order for the injury to heal properly. If you or a friend have suffered a bone fracture in a motorcycle accident, don’t try to “tough it out.” Seek professional medical care immediately.
Four ways a broken bone will be treated are:
- Diagnosis. The first thing to do with a broken bone is to diagnose it to be sure that it is broken. This is typically done by the use of a x-ray machine. The x-ray will not only determine whether or not the bone is broken but also how severe the break is.
- Immobilization. In order for the broken bone to heal properly it will need to be immobilized. The doctor may use a splint, brace, or sling to accomplish this. With some breaks the bone may need to be reset before placement of a immobilization device.
- Surgery. Breaks can become so severe that they need surgery in order to properly repair them. Pins are often used to hold the break in place.
- Medication. As you can imagine, a broken bone can cause intense pain for the motorcycle accident victim. To help ease some of the pain, a doctor may recommend over-the-counter pain medication or a prescription medication.
Fortunately, a motorcycle accident victim may recover damages for his or her accident when it was caused by the negligence of another. To learn more about your legal options, contact us by filling out the contact form found on this page.