Common Motorcycle Injuries
Riding a motorcycle can be fun and exciting, but unfortunately it is also very dangerous. In fact, Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for motorcycle riders. There are many different ways that a motorcycle rider or passenger can be injured, and unfortunately, it is often the fault of the other drivers, though there is a lot of responsibility on the motorcyclists to stay safe as well. This can be attributed to the size of the motorcycle – it is much easier for a motorcycle to be lost in a blind spot than it is for a car.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another driver, you may be entitled to seek financial damages for your suffering. Contact us today for a free consultation, and speak with a legal professional about your experience, the impact your injuries have had on your life, and the possibility of a settlement or lawsuit to compensate you for your situation.
Take a look below at some common motorcycle injuries.
Road rash is a common name for abrasions caused by sliding across the pavement. To avoid this, many motorcyclists wear leather clothing, or specially-designed “body armor” to keep these types of injuries to a minimum. Road rash is very similar to rug burn, and it strips the top layers of the skin away and can be extremely painful. It is even more painful if gravel, sand, or other debris gets into the wounds.
Broken bones are common impact injuries, especially on a motorcycle. Because of the lack of protection surrounding the driver or passenger on a motorcycle, even a simple “fender bender” with a passenger vehicle can send them flying into the pavement. Landing the wrong way, or hitting the ground, a car, or another object at high speeds can easily lead to fractures and breaks for the motorcyclist.
Concussions or Other Head Injuries
Florida has not had a universal helmet law since 2000, but this does not mean it is any safer than it was before to not wear one. Head trauma is a serious risk for motorcycle riders, because there is no airbag, enclosure like car frame, or really anything else to protect them during a collision. This means that if a driver is thrown from their motorcycle, there is a high risk of hitting their head. Traumatic brain injuries and concussions can cause serious, and sometimes fatal, injuries.
Internal bleeding is another common injury in a motorcycle accident, again because of the impact that a motorcycle rider has when they hit the ground, another object, or are struck by the vehicle. Internal bleeding can be very serious, and it is important that any motorcycle accidents are followed by a doctors appointment, even if the injury does not feel like it is very serious. Internal bleeding can cause a lot of problems for people who do not get it treated.
Seek Medical Attention For Any Injury
No matter what the extent of your injury is, or what you believe it is, it is essential that you seek medical attention. Some injuries can have delayed onsets, meaning that months may pass before you realize that you have suffered a traumatic injury like nerve damage. If you wait for a diagnosis, the insurance company will question the origin of the injury, since you did not do anything about it immediately.
In addition to a concern about your personal injury settlement, it is extremely important for your safety that you get cleared to return to work and perform other tasks. In some cases, an injury may be unnoticeable to you, but can cause serious impairment to the way you are able to live your life.
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Do not wait to start the process of a personal injury claim. Contact us today for your free consultation, and get started on the path towards recovery with the help of strong legal representation.