Common Injuries to Motorcyclists
Motorcyclists and their passengers frequently suffer severe injuries in accidents, some of them fatal. The people that cause these accidents should be held accountable for their negligence. With the help of a Round Rock personal injury attorney, injured individuals and their families can seek compensation.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), an average of one motorcyclist each day loses their life on a Texas road. Over 1,800 motorcyclists suffered serious injuries, and 412 were killed in 2019. All drivers have a duty to drive defensively and obey traffic laws. When they fail to do so, they put others at risk, especially vulnerable motorcyclists and their passengers. They can suffer many injuries that result in immense and even chronic pain, disabilities, and extensive medical bills. Often, they need the help of an experienced Round Rock personal injury lawyer to get the compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Injuries, especially serious injuries, are common in motorcycle accidents. Riders and their passengers are more exposed to the open road. They don’t have the safety equipment and features afforded to those in passenger vehicles, such as airbags, seat belts, crumple zones, and steel frames. This means that motorcyclists are often thrown from their bikes, causing additional trauma and injuries from contact with the pavement.
Common motorcycle injuries include:
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
A TBI can lead to permanent and even fatal injuries. Even motorcyclists who are wearing helmets can suffer these types of injuries. Recovery from a TBI can take several months or years.
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia.) This catastrophic injury typically results in permanent disability for the victim. The costs for this type of injury can be astronomical, which also takes a huge emotional toll on the injured party and their family.
Blunt-force trauma (an impact from something hard that doesn’t break the skin) or penetrative trauma (something sharp, such as broken glass or other debris, breaks through the skin) can cause damage to internal organs and life-threatening internal bleeding.
Motorcycle riders can get their leg caught under their bike when it falls in a crash, resulting in broken legs, ankles, or feet. Broken wrists and arms can happen when riders catch themselves to break their fall. They can also break their hips and pelvis in an accident.
While the term may not sound severe, road rash can sometimes be quite serious. These skin abrasions can occur when a motorcyclist makes contact with the road surface in an accident. Sometimes the injury is much more severe than just an external abrasion. Road rash requires prompt medical attention and is highly susceptible to infection and permanent scarring.
Call an Experienced Round Rock Personal Injury Lawyer Today for Help
Motorcycle accident injuries are costly, both financially and in other ways. No matter what type of injuries you’ve suffered in a motorcycle accident, you deserve to be fully compensated for your damages. Getting fair compensation begins with a consultation at the Elissa I. Henry Law Firm. You can schedule your consultation with a reputable Round Rock personal injury attorney by calling (512) 766-4529 today or completing our online contact form.