According to a study published in Accident Analysis and Prevention, the most common types of motorcycle injuries are injuries to the lower extremities. However, injuries to the head are the most common in fatal crashes.
Injuries to the lower extremities are present in nearly 50% of hospitalizations of individuals involved in motorcycle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When a motorcycle hits an object or is struck by a vehicle, riders may fall off their bike and slide onto the road. Riders often attempt to use their arms or legs to cushion their fall or block objects in front of them, causing these injuries. Cuts or lacerations, burns, road rash, or broken bones can all occur as a result.
Other Injuries that Can Occur in Motorcycle Accidents
Many other injuries can occur in motorcycle accidents besides injuries to the arms and legs. These include:
- Road rash anywhere on the body where the rider is dragged across the ground
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) if the head is impacted during the crash
- Internal bleeding
- Broken ribs
- Spinal injuries
- Cuts or lacerations to the body
- Face injuries and broken teeth
- Neck injuries, such as whiplash
If you have been in a motorcycle accident and think you may be injured, see a doctor for an evaluation immediately. A doctor can diagnose and begin treating your injuries. A medical record linking your injuries to the accident can also be used as evidence in a personal injury lawsuit if another driver is responsible for your accident.
Liability in Motorcycle Accidents
If another driver’s negligent actions caused your motorcycle accident, they could be liable for your injuries in a personal injury case. Driver negligence can take many forms, including:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while tired or drowsy
- Texting and driving
- Drunk or intoxicated driving
- Aggressive driving or road rage
A court may determine that a motorist is at fault and liable for an accident if their negligence can be proved. This can be as simple as proving that a traffic violation occurred, such as failure to yield, follow the right of way, signal a lane change, or more. Motorcycles being difficult to see is not an excuse for a negligent driver who causes an accident.
Compensation in Motorcycle Accident Cases
Motorcyclists who are injured in accidents they did not cause may be able to recover compensation for their injuries in a personal injury lawsuit. Damages in this type of action may include:
- Ambulance fees and emergency room treatment required after the accident
- Ongoing costs of medical care and treatments related to the injury
- The estimated amount of all future treatments and recovery costs
- Lost wages or reduced earning income
- Pain and suffering
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in which another driver was at fault, a personal injury lawyer can help protect your right to compensation.
Personal Injury Lawyers by Your Side
The Morris Bart law firm represents the victims of motorcycle accidents in personal injury cases. Our team of attorneys is here to help protect your right to compensation so you can concentrate on your recovery and start getting back to normal again.
If you hire us to represent you, our firm can:
- Handle your case on a contingency-fee with no upfront costs
- Determine who is liable for your injuries
- Communicate with their insurer and lawyer on your behalf
- Gather evidence of driver liability
- Gather evidence of the full extent of your injuries
- Negotiate with the insurance company for a settlement offer
- Sue them in court if they are not willing to make you a fair offer
If you already have a road to recovery ahead of you, the last thing you should be worried about is how you are going to be able to afford your medical bills and day-to-day expenses.
The Morris Bart law firm can fight on your behalf. To find out more about our legal services, call our firm today at (504) 613-4771. We offer a free consultation to injured motorcyclists to discuss your case and what legal options may be available.