Crash stats published by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that 5,286 motorcycles were involved in traffic crashes in 2016. Unfortunately, motorcycle riders do not have the same physical protection as car drivers do such as airbags or seat belts and are highly vulnerable to sustain serious injuries in the event of an accident.
Despite driving safely and abiding by all the rules, riders can get an injury in a motorcycle accident even when they aren’t at fault. Those injuries may require immediate medical attention which may involve surgery, physiotherapy, and rehab, amongst other treatment options. Some common injuries caused due to motorcycle accidents in Florida include:
Road rash also referred to as road burn, is a common injury that is sustained by motorcycle riders when their motorcycle slides across the pavement, resulting in scratches and abrasions of the skin. This may not require immediate medical attention, but it is highly advisable to go to a general physician and get the wounds treated to avoid infection or the bacteria to grow.
A head injury can be extremely dangerous for motorcycle riders, especially if they are not wearing a helmet. It can cause severe brain damage or head trauma, and in some cases, prove to be a fatal injury. Therefore, a rider must always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle.
Spinal cord or lower body injuries
A fierce collision of a motorcycle with a car or heavy automobile can cause spinal cord damage or nerve compression, which may require extensive treatment. It may also cause injuries in lower body area such as legs and feet, which may limit and disrupt your daily movement. In worst case scenario, it may result in amputation or loss of limbs as well.
Internal bleeding may not become apparent straightway after an accident, but this kind of injury can be extremely dangerous and can result in a fatality. A medical examination after an accident can detect these kinds of injuries and prevent them from becoming fatal leading to severe consequences.
These are only few of the injuries that can happen in a motorcycle accident. It can also lead to many other injuries such as broken bones, skin lacerations, scarring, and disfigurement. All of these injuries may require medical treatment, which may be expensive.
Therefore, it is imperative that you consult an experienced and skillful personal injury lawyer to obtain compensation for your damages. Your attorney will work to protect your legal rights and pursue rightful compensation. Contact the team at Wright & James, P.C. to start your recovery process at 404-624-7447.