Types of Injuries Sustained By Motorcycle Riders
Motorcycle Accidents Often Lead to Severe Traumatic Injuries. Our Lawyers Help Injured Riders Nationwide Recover Just Compensation.
As a motorcycle rider, you are always aware of the risk of being hit, but you never expect to go down. Even for riders who follow the rule of “all the gear, all the time” (“ATGATT”), accidents can lead to severe — and often life-altering or life-threatening — injuries.
When fighting to recover your losses after a motorcycle accident, your injuries are a crucial factor in determining the amount you are entitled to recover. Your medical expenses, your ability to work, your daily pain and suffering, and your loss of enjoyment of life are all directly related to the extent and effects of your injuries. As a result, after a motorcycle accident, obtaining a diagnosis and treatment needs to be your first priority. Once you are stable, your next step should be to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Common Rider Injuries in Serious Motorcycle Accidents
At Oberheiden Law, we represent injured motorcycle riders nationwide in claims for financial compensation. We handle claims involving all types of negligence and defects, and we have recovered more than $6 billion in compensation from insurance companies and large corporations. Our lawyers are available 24/7 to discuss serious motorcycle accident claims involving:
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Many riders suffer concussions and other traumatic brain injuries when they go down. This is even true of riders who are wearing DOT-rated and Snell-approved helmets. While helmets are designed to minimize the impact forces on the brain, they simply are not able to prevent all brain injuries. We represent riders who have suffered TBI including:
- Coup-countercoup injures
- Diffuse axonal injuries
- Intracranial hematomas
- Penetrating brain injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
Spinal cord injuries are common in motorcycle accidents. When a rider goes down in a high-side or low-side accident, the rotational and twisting forces on the body are more than enough to severely damage the spine, and impacts with the ground and other objects can cause spinal cord damage as well. Spinal fractures, herniated discs, nerve damage, and other injuries at all levels of the spine can leave riders suffering from chronic pain, physical disabilities, and other long-term or permanent effects.
Severe Road Rash
Road rash is another common and severe type of injury sustained by motorcycle riders; and, similar to TBI, riders can suffer severe road rash even if they are wearing full gear at the time of their accident. In addition to costly and painful treatment, road rash can present the risk for infections and other complications as well. As a result, riders who suffer road rash need to obtain treatment from a highly-experienced specialist. At Oberheiden Law, we can provide you with a referral.
Riders frequently suffer bone fractures in motorcycle accidents occurring at all speeds. Ankle and wrist fractures are particularly common, but riders can suffer broken bones in all parties of their bodies. Depending on the severity of a fracture, recovery can be a fairly straightforward process, or a rider can face the need for multiple surgeries and long-term or permanent assistance.
Torn Muscles, Ligaments, and Tendons
When riders suffer severe road rash and bone fractures, they will frequently suffer muscle, ligament, and tendon tears as well. These injuries can also occur independently, although it is more common for motorcycle riders to suffer multiple related (and unrelated) traumatic injuries.
Internal Organ Damage
Lung, stomach, kidney, liver, and other internal organ injuries can easily result from the forces involved in a motorcycle collision. While this includes direct impacts and penetrating injuries, it also includes twisting and rotational forces—similar to SCI.
Loss of Digits and Limbs
Due to being fully exposed to their surroundings, losses of digits and limbs are not uncommon for motorcycle riders involved in serious motorcycle accidents. In some circumstances, doctors may also be forced to amputate in order to prevent severe trauma from leading to life-threatening complications.
Full and Partial Paralysis
In many cases, severe spinal cord injuries can lead to full or partial paralysis. For motorcycle riders who are paralyzed as the result of driver negligence or a vehicle, road, or safety equipment defect, the financial compensation available will typically be substantial.
Get the Help You Need from the Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Oberheiden Law
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, the attorneys at Oberheiden Law can help you recover the financial compensation you deserve. To speak with an attorney about your case today, call 866-376-4871 or inquire online now.