Motorcycle Accident Injuries are Almost Always Severe
Rarely does one get into a wreck on a motorcycle and walk away with minor bumps and bruises.
Even with the proper safety equipment, including the proper helmet, motorcycle accident injuries occur in just about every wreck.
When you’re about to go for a ride, it’s important to understand just what could happen, and how you can prevent yourself from being injured, or killed, in one of these wrecks.
Scrapes and Bruises – AKA Road Rash
It is always recommended to wear the proper clothing when riding. There’s a reason leather is nearly synonymous with biker culture; it prevents road rash!
It doesn’t take much imagination to understand how the body will fare when scraping along the road, but it’s not fair to simply say all road rash is the same. In fact, it’s classified into degrees; just like burns.
- First Degree Road Rash: Like a sunburn, the skin is red and irritated.
- Second Degree Road Rash: The skin is broken and can bleed a little, but it’s not ripped all the way through.
- Third Degree Road Rash: Skin is ripped open and underlying muscle, fat, and other tissues are exposed.
Most road rash isn’t going to be life threatening… unless it isn’t treated properly. Keep it clean and let it heal.
Traumatic Brain Injuries – AKA Head Injuries
Wearing a helmet saves lives. In fact, it’s estimated that states that require helmets have 10 times fewer fatal motorcycle accidents, and wearing a helmet decreases your chances of being in a fatal wreck by 37%.
Those fatalities are often the result of traumatic brain injuries where the brain swells inside the skull.
But that’s not the only injury that can happen. A light “bonk” to the head can lead to a concussion, a heavy one can crack the skull.
No matter how mild the head injury appears, medical attention needs to be sought and the condition monitored so it doesn’t lead to something more serious.
Broken Bones – AKA Fractures
Legs and arms are at great risk on a motorcycle.
When you fall, your instinct is to put your arms out to try to stop yourself. Moving at a high rate of speed, or even a relatively low rate, can significantly increase the force put on your arms to the point they can’t handle the impact.
Many motorcycle accident injuries occur when the rider’s legs are smashed by a car. Leg injuries are common and can lead to many complications later in life.
Neck and Back Breaks – AKA Spinal Cord Injuries
More than 35% of all spinal cord injuries are caused by motorcycle accidents.
We don’t have to get into the details on what happens if you break your back or neck. Most of the time you end up paralyzed from the neck or waist down if you’re able to recover from this massive blow.
Herbert Law Group Helps You Heal from Motorcycle Accident Injuries
After a motorcycle wreck, you need an attorney in Dallas that can help you navigate the difficult world of insurance claims.
Most insurance companies will offer a settlement that looks like it covers your needs, but they’re designed to only cover the surface and not fully allow you to heal.
Here at Herbert Law Group, our goal is to ensure that you get the compensation you need, so that you have one less thing to worry about during your road to recovery.