Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Have you been hurt due to another driver's negligence in Scottsdale?

Due to the fact that motorcyclists are so exposed and only protected by the gear they wear, if any at all, serious harm can befall them if they are involved in an accident. While common mistakes can happen on the road, causing automobile drivers, pedestrians and even other motorcyclists to collide with those on their bikes, it is the acts of negligence or reckless driving that can cause some of the worst damage. Not only that, but these careless individuals may even be breaking traffic laws when the accident occurs. In any case, the motorcyclist who has fallen victim or the family that has lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident deserves to be compensated for their suffering.

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Types of Injuries

The severity of the damage incurred in a motorcycle accident varies greatly upon how the accident happened. Depending on the type of accident, an individual could be left with minor scrapes, bruises and back pain that require physical therapy. On the other hand, they could be left majorly disfigured or even unable to use certain parts of their bodies anymore.

We have listed some of these injuries below:

  • Broken bones
  • Road rash
  • Facial fractures
  • Loss of limbs
  • Neck injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Severe head trauma
  • Paralysis
  • Damage to the brain

Unfortunately the statistics for the rate of serious injury when involved in a motorcycle accident is quite high. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation, have come to the conclusion that 80% of all reported motorcycle accidents end in some type of catastrophic injury.

What are the most common injuries sustained?

While there are a multitude of injuries that can occur, there are some that are much more likely to happen than others. This is due to the fact that the rider is exposed to the elements, the road, other vehicles and any other outside factors.

Road Rash
This is a very typical injury for motorcyclists if they fall to the ground during the accident. There is a certain level of friction that occurs between the skin, clothing and the surface of the road that causes the skin to essentially rub off. Road rash can usually involve the removal of all three layers of the skin, causing immense pain and immediate treatment. Without proper medical attention, the skin could become infected.

Injuries Involving the Spine
Any harm to the spinal region usually results in detrimental and often life-changing injuries. They can happen in an instant for a motorcyclist, if their head hits the ground the wrong way or they fall on their spine in a way that is damaging. The most traumatic include losing limbs, injury to the brain, paralysis or damage to the actual spinal column.

The spinal cord itself is very fragile and essential for mobility. When a piece of the vertebrae is dislocated and presses down on the spinal cord nerves, or even cuts into nerve tissue, that is when problems can arise. If there is a break in the communication between the spinal cord and the ability to carry signals throughout the body, the individual may no longer be able to move, eat, or perform other daily activities. Even with the appropriate medical attention, full recovery can be slim.

Broken/Fractured Bones
Whether occurring on the face, arm, leg, hip or other part of the body, broken bones can require serious treatment and extensive therapy to recover from. Broken bones are so common in motorcycle accidents because the impact of the human body with any other object, individual or car at even the slowest speeds is still traumatic. The body is struck with such force that it can cause the bones to break or splinter. Thankfully for many of these injuries, there is a chance at recovery so long as the individual seeks medical attention right away.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Usually caused by a severe hit to the head, the bones in the skull can fracture which may result in complications between how the spine and brain communicate. Brain injuries may not always be noticeable right away, but it is absolutely essential that those that have hit their head hard in a motorcycle accident seek medical attention as soon as possible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has labeled TBI as the leading cause of fatalities in motorcycle accidents throughout the nation. Many times people may feel absolutely fine after suffering a blow to the head; however, there can be internal hemorrhaging in the brain that can place undue pressure on the brain. This pressure can build up, resulting in death.

Wrongful Death Cases

In extreme motorcycle accidents, the rider is more susceptible to catastrophic injuries, but there is also a possibility of death. Whether it happens immediately from the impact of the collision, or it occurs later on as the result of a traumatic brain injury, losing a loved one in a motorcycle accident is not only emotionally painful; it can be difficult financially as well. While having to deal with the aftermath of the death of a loved one, you may also be expected to pay for burial costs and other expenses. When another driver or pedestrian's negligence was to blame for their death, know that you have rights to restitution for the immense suffering they have caused for you.

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Having a Scottsdale motorcycle accident lawyer by your side from start to finish can be extremely beneficial as you seek monetary compensation for your injuries or loss of a loved one. The longer you wait, the harder it can be for a lawyer to make a claim and get you the maximum amount.

With that in mind, call our Scottsdale firm today at (480) 281-3838. With over three decades of experience behind him, Attorney Clark Watkin is more than prepared to assist you.