Riding a motorcycle exposes you to a higher risk of injury than driving a car – a fact that every motorcyclist is aware of. But exactly what types of injuries are you likely to sustain in a motorcycle accident? Here we will take a look at some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries to get a clearer picture of their severity.
1. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Traumatic brain injuries are unfortunately common in motorcycle accidents. Helmets do lower the risk of suffering a TBI, but they can only do so much. A TBI can be deadly, but even if it is not deadly, it can still have life-altering consequences. A TBI can make it difficult or impossible to lead the life you once did and can even result in substantial changes in personality.
2. Road Rash
Road rash describes what happens when a rider’s body slides along the road or other surfaces. Without the right protective equipment, it can cause serious injury, scarring, and a great risk of infection.
3. Internal Injuries
A wide variety of internal injuries can occur when a rider’s body impacts other objects. These include organ damage, broken ribs, and hemorrhaging. High-quality body armor made for riders can provide some protection against internal injuries, but only some.
4. Spinal Injuries
Like TBI, spinal injuries can have long-lasting effects that significantly alter your quality of life. These injuries can cause chronic pain and even paralysis.
5. Broken or Fractured Bones
Human bones are only capable of bearing up to so much stress. If the body is traveling fast enough or hits at the right angle, it will break. Riders may have broken extremities, such as broken arms or legs, but can also suffer fractures, breaks, or joint destruction in many different areas of the body.
Taking Legal Action for Serious Injuries
There are times when a motorcycle accident leads to minor injuries – but there are many times when an accident results in catastrophic injuries. When a motorcycle injury significantly affects your quality of life it can do long-term or permanent damage. If the accident was caused by the negligence of someone else, like the driver of a car, it makes sense to take legal action for several reasons:
- Holding them accountable. Your life may have been turned upside down because of someone else’s negligence. Taking legal action holds that individual or group accountable
- Getting much-needed compensation. It might be difficult or impossible for you to work as you once did. Even if you can, your medical bills are likely to be expensive. A successful lawsuit can get you compensation to help move on with your life.
Get Help with Your Utah Motorcycle Accident Case
The Carlson Injury firm is standing by to assist you with your motorcycle accident case. We can give you knowledgeable advice about your legal options and help you decide what to do next. Please call us at (801) 845-4577 or fill out our secure online contact form to speak with our attorney.