Motorcycle Crash Injury Types
If you have ever been in a motorcycle crash, or know people who have, you are probably already aware that there are many different ways you can be injured. Motorcycle accident injuries have overlap with other injuries from different types of vehicles, but can also have injuries that are fairly specific to a motorcycle rider.
No matter the nature of your injury after a motorcycle crash, contact Friedland & Associates today if your crash was caused by another person, a faulty piece of machinery, or anything else that was beyond your control. You may be entitled to additional damages beyond what an insurance company will initially offer, and when you are represented by a motorcycle accident lawyer from our Fort Lauderdale firm, you can be confident that we are fighting for everything you deserve.
Read more below about different types of injuries, and contact us immediately to schedule an initial consultation where we will discuss your accident, injuries, and rights to compensation.
Common Motorcycle Injuries
Bone Breaks and Fractures
It is no surprise that broken bones are common injuries in a motorcycle crash. These injuries are also common in car crashes, but are even more common on motorcycles because the rider is more likely to come in direct contact with the object they are colliding with. Broken legs are extremely common, as a rider extends their leg instinctually as they are falling off of the vehicle.
Road rash is a severe skin abrasion similar to rug burn. It happens when a rider hits the pavement and skids, and the exposed skin is ripped open on the pavement. Road rash is a big reason why leather is a popular choice for motorcycle riders. If a rider is not properly protected when hitting the ground at high speed, they can sustain serious permanent injuries.
Head injuries, while common in all accidents, are even more common in motorcycle crashes. Since a ruling in 2000, Florida has not had a universal helmet law, which unfortunately has led to an increase in head injuries during motorcycle crashes. Even though not legally required, a helmet is always a good idea.
Spinal Cord Injuries
When a motorcycle rider hits the ground during an accident, a spinal cord injury is a very common consequence. These injuries could range from something minor, like a compressed disk, to a life-altering injury like paralysis. If you have the slightest suspicion of an injury to your spinal cord, seek extensive medical attention immediately, as the injuries can sometimes be onset.
Brain damage is a collective term for any number of serious and life-changing injuries that can result from a motorcycle crash whether or not the rider is wearing a helmet. High-speed impacts can cause concussions, loss of consciousness, or permanent cognitive damage from personality changes to decreased brain function, and even coma or death.
You May Deserve Compensation For Your Injuries
In the case that your accident was the fault of another party, you may be entitled to compensation beyond what the insurance company will initially offer you. Therefore, it is important that you discuss your situation with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer at our Fort Lauderdale firm to understand your options.
We will work with you to determine what you are truly owed, and work directly with the insurance company to negotiate a settlement, or fight for your rights during a full trial if necessary. Schedule your initial consultation today.