Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries because a motorcycle offers so little protection. There are no windows, doors, air bags or seat belts to protect the rider. Even with the appropriate protective gear, permanent injuries, and even death can occur. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 80% or motorcycle accidents result in injury or death. This is a startling number, considering that only 20% of vehicle accidents result in serious injury or death.
The negligent driver of a vehicle, truck or bus may fail to see, or yield to a motorcycle. A very common comment by the other driver involved in a motorcycle accident is that “they just did not see the motorcycle.” These types of statements show a lack of attention on the part of the driver, and not negligence or recklessness on the part of the motorcycle rider.
Some of the most serious injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident involve traumatic brain injuries, which can occur even when the rider wore a helmet. These injuries often cause bleeding in the brain (cerebral hemorrhaging) and other serious complications. This injury can result in a permanent vegetative state, paralysis, and death.
These types of injuries occur when the victim’s motorcycle collides with a stationary object. Blunt force trauma can result in complications including damaged or ruptured internal organs.
These injuries often involve broken or fractured ribs and damage to the lungs.
These types of injuries can involve a fractured or broken pelvis, broken legs and arms. Often a broken bone can have significant consequences, and include the use of metal plates and screws to allow the bone to mend. These types of injuries can cause the victim a lifetime of pain and mobility problems.
Abdominal injuries can include damage to the liver, kidney and spleen.
These abrasions are often known as road rash, and are caused from scraping on the cement.
Whether you have been involved in a single bike motorcycle accident, or you experienced a rear end shunt motorcycle accident, it is important to seek legal guidance. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries that can include reimbursement for medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering. Call E. Ryan Bradley today and schedule a free consultation.