Injuries Commonly Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents
Anyone involved in any type of motor vehicle accident has the potential to suffer a wide range of severe injuries. However, because of the inherent nature of motorcycles, riders are more vulnerable in accidents and are particularly prone to suffering certain types of injuries. These injuries commonly occur because a rider can be directly hit by a car or can be thrown from the bike and can collide with the pavement or other objects with significant force. The following are some of the most common injuries that motorcycle victims suffer:
Traumatic brain injuries — A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a trauma to the head causes damage to the brain tissue. The most common form of a TBI is a concussion, which can be relatively minor in many cases. Even minor concussions require medical evaluation and recovery time, however, therefore even victims with minor TBI will likely incur medical bills and may even miss work or school. More serious TBIs often have significantly more symptoms and costs. Victims can have long-lasting physical and cognitive challenges and may even be left with permanent disabilities. The risk of TBI increases exponentially if a rider is not wearing a helmet.
Spinal cord injuries — Spinal cord injury refers to any damage to the spinal cord or surrounding nerves. Symptoms of a spinal injury may be temporary or permanent and can range from partial loss of sensation in limbs to complete paralysis from the neck down. Generally, a spinal injury will affect parts of the body that are below the point of injury. Many victims of spinal injuries require extended hospitalization for stabilization, surgeries, rehabilitative services, and possibly assistance with everyday activities for the rest of their lives. Some equipment needed to live after a spinal injury can be extremely expensive and may include specialized wheelchairs and accessibility improvements to your home or vehicle.
Broken bones — People suffer bone breaks and fractures on a regular basis and, therefore, many people may consider this to be a minor injury. While some breaks or fractures heal easily, they may still prevent a victim from completing certain job duties or everyday activities. Other breaks can be extremely serious, however. For example, compound breaks may require surgery for insertion of pins or other braces inside the limb. In some serious situations, a bone can completely shatter and may be unrepairable, which may even lead to the amputation of the limb.
How an experienced personal injury attorney in Boca Raton can help you
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident and suffered any type of injury, it is always a good idea to meet with an experienced lawyer to discuss whether or not you have a viable legal claim. Even motorcycle accident victims with minor injuries deserve to be compensated if the accident was someone else’s fault. At the Boca Raton law office of Lavalle Brown & Ronan, our attorneys are committed to helping any injured victims hold negligent parties liable, so please call our office today at 855-BOCALAW for a free consultation.