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Common Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

Negligent behavior while riding a motorcycle, such as distracted riding, speeding, and not obeying road rules, can lead to a motorcycle accident. These types of accidents can also result from a driver of another vehicle not paying attention and striking someone on a motorcycle. The trauma of a motorcycle accident impact can cause severe injury through blunt force trauma or from the impact of striking a hard surface after flying from a motorcycle.

Some of the injuries commonly caused by motorcycle accidents include traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), facial injuries, and road rash. A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation for damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life, by filing a motorcycle accident claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. The motorcycle accident lawyers at The Russo Firm can help assess the current and future costs of your severe injury and determine how much compensation you need to pay for the economic damages and non-economic damages caused by the at-fault party’s negligence.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can result in direct blunt-force trauma that can cause severe injury. One of the most common types of injuries caused by motorcycle accidents is traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These types of injuries, which can include concussions, contusions, and brain hemorrhages, occur when a blow to the head causes damage to the brain.

During the impact of a motorcycle accident, the rider may receive a blow to the brain from a vehicle, hard object, or hard surface of the ground. While many may assume a helmet could help prevent the injury, traumatic brain injuries can still occur with the blow to the head is strong enough or the helmet does not provide adequate protection. TBIs can cause confusion, chronic headaches, memory problems, and loss of sense of time and space.

Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

A motorcycle rider can suffer a spinal cord injury if an accident results in direct trauma to the back. This can happen if the motorcycle rider is rear-ended or the accident causes them to fall from the motorcycle and land on their back.

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Spinal cord injuries can cause symptoms such as pain in the back, loss of movement in the spine, spasms, and difficulty breathing. The damage to the spinal cord and nerves in the spine can lead to long-term health complications that can affect a person’s strength, coordination, and body functions below where the damage occurred. Motorcycle accident victims that suffer from spinal cord injuries can pursue compensation for damages by filing a motorcycle accident claim.

Motorcycle Accidents Commonly Caused Injuries to the Lower Extremities

The lower extremities are your body parts from the hips to your toes, each of which can become injured in a motorcycle accident. Motorcycles are designed in a way where your lower extremities are exposed to impact. You can suffer a lower extremity injury in a motorcycle accident if another vehicle directly hits one of these body parts or a lower extremity cushions your fall directly onto a hard surface. Each of these injuries can affect your mobility and can lead to intense pain when moving your leg.

The following are some of the lower extremity injuries you can suffer in a motorcycle accident:

  • Knee injuries
  • Leg injuries
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Ankle injuries
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) tear
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) tear

Motorcycle Accidents Can Cause Facial Injuries

If you fall from your motorcycle during a motorcycle accident, it’s possible that your face could come into contact with the ground. In that case, you could suffer a facial injury. Some of the facial injuries caused by a motorcycle accident include a broken nose, eye injuries, facial lacerations, broken teeth, and jaw fractures.

Some helmets can prevent this type of injury, such as helmets with face masks. However, if motorcycle riders do not wear helmets, they could be exposed to a facial injury that could cause facial pain, bleeding, and disfigurement.

Road Rash Caused by Motorcycle Accidents

Road rash is a friction wound caused by scraping your skin against a hard surface. This type of injury can happen in a motorcycle accident if you fall from your motorcycle and scrape your skin against a hard surface like asphalt or concrete. These injuries are caused by friction against the hard surface and heat buildup resulting from the pressure of the friction. A road rash can cause the affected area to become warm, increasing pain over the first couple of days, swelling, and pus leaking from the wound.

How Can a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help You With the Claims Process?

You can pursue compensation for motorcycle accident damages, such as medical bills, lost earning potential, and loss of consortium, by filing a motorcycle accident claim. A motorcycle accident attorney can help you hold the at-fault party accountable for causing the accident through negligent behavior, such as drunk, drowsy, or distracted driving. They can also assess your current and future damages, explain your rights, contact expert witnesses, and represent you in court.

One of the most important advantages you get from hiring an experienced motorcycle accident attorney is their advice through settlement negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company. Their number one goal is to keep their profits up, so they will attempt to deny, delay, or devalue your claim. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can see through these attempts and combat them to ensure you recover fair compensation for the full cost of your damages.

Contact The Russo Firm for Help With Your Motorcycle Accident Claim

The motorcycle accident lawyers at The Russo Firm have the experience necessary to help you with the claims process and put you in a position to recover fair compensation for your damages. Another party’s negligence caused the losses you incurred, and a motorcycle accident lawyer can help relieve the stress of these losses through personalized legal counsel. Allow our motorcycle accident lawyers to use our firm’s vast resources to help you recover compensation for your current and future damages.

The Russo Firm offers free consultations to potential motorcycle accident clients to show how we can help you through the claims process. Contact us at (561) 270-0913 or leave a message on our online contact page for a free motorcycle accident claim consultation.

Article written or reviewed by:

Attorney Anthony Russo

Attorney Anthony Russo

Managing Partner and Lawyer at The Russo Firm

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