Serious Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
There is no such thing as a minor motorcycle accident. That’s because even accidents that would be considered minor if they involved two cars can cause catastrophic injuries if they happen to a biker.Types of Collisions that Cause Serious Motorcycle Injuries
There are countless ways that motorcyclists end up getting seriously injured:
- Blind Spot and Limited Visibility Accidents: These are accidents where a driver doesn’t see a motorcyclist because a bike is smaller than a car;
- Highway Accidents: Many types of accidents that occur on a highway at deadly speeds;
- Rear End Accidents: Accidents where a car, truck, or suv crashes into a stopped or slowing motorcycle
- Intersection Accidents: Accidents that happen at intersections, including when a car turns left into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
No matter the circumstances of the accident, motorcyclists are often catastrophically injured while drivers of other vehicles involved in the collisions escape injury-free.Types of Serious Injuries
There is no limit to the kinds of injuries motorcyclists suffer. However, there are certain types of injuries that we do find are more common:
- Fatal Injuries: Due to the nature of motorcycles, drivers can put bikers’ lives at risk due to their negligence. No amount of protective gear and remove all the risk for a biker.
- Head injuries: even with a proper helmet, motorcyclists often suffer debilitating head injuries. Not unlike a football player who is hit by a blindside block, helmets don’t prevent all head injuries. This includes injuries that are commonly referred to as concussions or traumatic brain injuries. These injuries are serious and can change your life forever
- Broken Bones: Whether a biker collides with another car, ditches the bike, or is forced off the road, broken bones are a common occurrence. We often see broken ribs, broken legs, broken hips, and broken arms. While some breaks are more serious than others, every broken bone is a serious injury. They all can change your life, and they all could potentially lead to permanent impairments.
- Burn Injuries: It’s often forgotten that a motorcycle has an engine that can get very hot. When a collision happens and a motorcycle ends up on top of a biker or his/her passenger, burn injuries often occur, even when the person only touches the hot bike for a few seconds.
- Ligament Injuries: Just because a bone isn’t broken, it doesn’t mean that you’re not injured. There are many ligaments in the body that allow you to function normally. Whether it’s a rotator cuff in the shoulder, a meniscus in the knee, or a labrum in the hip, a tear of a ligament can require surgery and a long recovery.
If you’ve been seriously injured on a motorcycle, you need an experienced lawyer to navigate the complicated insurance landscape. An experienced lawyer talks with you about all your options, and explains the best way to maximize your recovery.
At Marcotte Law Firm, we have the experience to get you the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, whether it’s a high speed collision or a low speed accident, call us for a free consultation. As always, there’s no fee unless we win.