Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Representing Injured Riders in McAllen
Motorcyclists are at a distinct disadvantage when involved in traffic accidents. Though they may wear helmets, gloves, boots and other protective gear, they may sustain catastrophic injuries – even in low-speed collisions that leave occupants of other vehicles uninjured. Per vehicle mile traveled in 2011, motorcyclists were about 30 times more likely to be killed and 5 times more likely to be injured in traffic accidents than occupants of passenger cars (according to nationwide statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
The serious nature of motorcycle accidents and the immense impact they have on riders' lives make taking legal action extremely important. The recovery of financial compensation can help a rider and his or her family to begin rebuilding their lives after such a collision. As medical bills pile up and wages are lost due to missed work, the settlement or award from a motorcycle accident claim or lawsuit may make all the difference. Stern Law Group represents injured riders in McAllen, Texas, fighting to recover fair compensation from at-fault parties. If you want to talk about your rights and how you can seek justice after a crash, please call a motorcycle accident attorney at our offices today. Your initial consultation is free.
Types of Motorcyclist Injuries
Motorcycle accidents can cause anywhere from minor to life-threatening injuries. Some riders suffer such extensive physical trauma that they are left permanently disabled or disfigured, and some lose their lives. The following are some of the types of injuries motorcyclists may sustain in collisions:
This type of injury occurs when a rider's skin makes contact with the pavement or asphalt, causing abrasions and contusions. Road rash may be minor or severe depending on the collision and may occur even if a rider is wearing leather, jeans or another sturdy clothing. Depending on the depth of abrasions, muscles, nerves and even bone may be damaged.
A rider may suffer broken bones due to impact with another vehicle or a fixed object, or as a result of being thrown from a bike during a collision. Depending on the location of the break and the extent of damage to the bone, a rider may need to wear a cast or may even require surgery. Broken bones can also affect work and day-to-day activities for some time, until the breaks heal.
Internal Organ Damage
Impact to the torso in a motorcycle accident may leave a rider with internal organ damage and bleeding, which can prove extremely serious or even fatal. Riders are relatively unprotected in the event of a collision, unlike occupants of other vehicles, and that means the risk of injury is higher.
With or without a helmet, there is a risk that a rider may suffer injury to the brain in an accident. If a rider is not wearing a helmet, this risk is greater. The rider may be in danger of suffering open head trauma, which may impact the brain. Closed head trauma, however, can also cause brain injury if the brain collides with the inside of the skull. Concussion, coma, brain damage and death may result from traumatic brain injuries.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord transmits commands and information to and from the brain and the rest of the body. If a rider's spine or spinal cord is damaged in a motorcycle accident, this may result in partial or total paralysis, including paraplegia or quadriplegia. These conditions may be permanent and could leave a rider requiring lifelong care.
Loss of Limb
Motorcyclists are at risk of losing body parts in accidents, due to considerable trauma that may be caused if caught under their bike, caught between a vehicle and the motorcycle or otherwise crushed. Surgical amputation may be required if a limb or extremity is so severely damaged that it cannot be saved.
Serious injuries may leave a rider permanently disfigured, and this can have a lasting psychological impact on his or her life. Disfigurement caused by severe burns, road rash, broken bones or loss of limb may serve as constant reminders of the accident, making it more difficult for a motorcyclist to move on.
Discover How a McAllen Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You
If you were injured and are wondering how you will pay for medical bills and living expenses, a McAllen motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm can offer insight that applies to your unique case. We are experienced in handling motorcycle injury cases involving the most serious of physical and emotional injuries. We know how to properly value a client's claim, determine liability and establish fault to help our client seek maximum compensation. Contact us today to get started!