Without proper precaution, cars, trucks, and motorcycles can be dangerous, and even deadly, vehicles. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to realize the serious consequences of reckless and negligent driving. As a result, car accidents are a frequent occurrence that result in serious personal injuries, costly property damage, and emotional trauma. Some of the most damaging types of vehicular collisions are those involving motorcycles.
With little to protect motorcycle drivers from the impact of a collision, motorcycle accident injuries are often severe. At our Stockton, CA law firm, Shore, McKinley, and Conger, LLP, we work with motorcycle accident victims to help them obtain just compensation for the extensive damages caused by motorcycle accident injuries.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Any car accident has the potential to cause serious personal injury. However, automobiles and trucks are designed with safety features that are intended to minimize injuries in the event of a car accident. Seatbelts and airbags can significantly decrease the severity of injuries.
Unfortunately, motorcycle drivers cannot rely on such safety measures. Motorcycles are not equipped with these safety features, nor do they have a protective steel frame. Instead, motorcycle riders only have their helmet and protective gear to keep them safe if an accident occurs. It is no surprise then that the personal injuries suffered during a motorcycle accident are often traumatic. Below are the most common types of motorcycle accident injuries:
- Head and neck injuries: The most common type of motorcycle accident injury from is a head injury. The head protects the most important organ in the body - the brain. If a head injury occurs, the brain is also at risk. Even a minor concussion can have serious, long-term consequences. Neck injuries are also common in motorcycle accidents. Neck injuries can result in temporary or permanent paralysis.
- Spinal cord injuries: Many motorcycle riders are thrown off their bike during an accident. The impact of this could result in spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries can cause severe nerve and muscle damage. The most serious symptoms of a spinal cord injury include paralysis below the location of the injury.
- Broken bones: It is common for a motorcycle driver to be thrown from the bike when an accident occurs. In other cases, the driver may be pinned by their bike. In either case, broken bones are a real danger. Depending on the severity of the break and which bones are broken, these injuries can take several weeks to heal.
- Road rash: Road rash is a term used to describe severe scraping and bruising that develops when a motorcycle rider slides across the concrete. Road rash can damage exposed skin or can even damage skin that is covered with a thin layer of clothing. Road rash can cause complications such as infection and surface nerve damage.
Aside from the physical repercussions of these injuries, each is bound to result in costly medical expenses and, possibly, the need for long-term care. Our attorneys take into account the emotional, physical, and financial damages of motorcycle accident injuries to ensure our clients are justly compensated for the full extent of accident damages.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle or car accident, an experienced attorney, such as those at Shore, McKinley, and Conger, LLP can fight to obtain compensation for damages. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and find out how our experienced team of personal injury attorneys can be of assistance.