Motorcycle riders can suffer catastrophic injuries or death in a motorcycle accident because they only have their helmet and clothes to protect them. They are 28 times more likely to be killed than car accident victims. Here are five common injuries you could suffer if you are involved in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A motorcycle rider can suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) if their head hits the hard road surface or an object punctures the skull and brain in a crash—even if they were wearing a helmet. Depending on what part of the brain is damaged, a TBI can cause these limitations:
- Difficulties with mobility
- Reduction in vision
- Hearing loss
- Difficulties with memory, reasoning, judgment, and much more
Spinal Cord Injuries
If the spinal cord is injured in the wreck, a motorcyclist can suffer partial or complete paralysis. These injuries are especially devastating because victims often become permanently disabled and need long-term medical treatments and daily help with their personal needs.
Riders frequently suffer fractures, especially to their legs, in a motorcycle accident. These injuries can be much more serious because of the victim’s lack of protection and can cause life-long limitations in movements and chronic pain.
Internal bleeding and organ damage are caused by blunt force to the rider’s body or penetration by an object. These injuries can quickly become life-threatening and require immediate medical care.
When a motorcycle rider’s skin comes in contact with the asphalt road, the skin can be scraped away, which is a medical condition referred to as road rash. Road rash can be mild to serious, and in some cases, results in serious infections and permanent scarring.
How to Recover the Compensation You Deserve for Your Injuries
Did you suffer an injury in a motorcycle accident? You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering from the negligent driver. You need the help of a skilled motorcycle accident attorney if you want to win your case and receive all that you deserve. Call our Norfolk office to schedule a free consultation to learn about your options and our track record of success in these cases.