The Angell Law Firm, based in Atlanta, GA, recently published a blog post titled ‘What are Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?’ The post talks about some of the most common injuries people sustain due to motorcycles and aims to help keep them more informed on the subject in general.
Riding motorcycles, for motorcycle owners, is an enjoyable experience that brings excitement to the rider’s life. Motorcycles, however, are not the safest of vehicles, and the fact that they are far less stable than cars means that one is more likely to be involved in an accident when riding a motorcycle. In a crash, motorcyclists are more likely to be seriously injured due to the fact that they lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to die in a traffic collision than passenger vehicle occupants, and they are also five times more likely to be injured. 14% of all traffic fatalities involve motorcyclists.
If one finds themselves in a motorcycle accident, there are a number of different injuries that one is likely to endure. Road rash is one of the most common injuries, which bikers sustain when their skin comes in contact with the pavement — and it is particularly common among bikers due to the fact that there is often nothing between the biker and the road. Sometimes, an accident may cause the rider to be thrown off their bike, which causes them to slide across the roadway and scrapes away the skin. This results in road rash. Road rash may require serious medical treatment, including skin grafts and so on. Debris can get stuck in the open wound when the skin is scraped away, and this can result in a very serious infection as well.
Motorcyclists frequently experience brain injuries. While many bikers wear helmets while riding their bikes, a helmet may not always offer total protection. “If your head comes into contact with the pavement, possible injuries range from lacerations to concussions to something much worse,” says the blog post. “Brain injuries often have life-long consequences, such as impacting the ability to speak, walk or other vital functions to daily life. Brain injuries often result in the need for extensive rehabilitation and expensive long-term healthcare costs. Injuries to the head and neck make up nearly 25% of all injuries that result from motorcycle accidents.”
Leg injuries are another type of injury that motorcyclists are likely to experience. After studying over a million injuries, the CDC found that almost 30% of motorcycle injuries occurred to the lower extremities. The legs are the closest body part to the ground when one rides a motorcycle, and they are usually the first thing to hit the pavement in an accident. Leg injuries are some of the most severe as well. Bikers who experience accidents may find themselves unable to walk, which can seriously affect their life. This leaves them looking for Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys who can fight to get them the compensation they need to survive with their injuries.
The spinal cord is more exposed on the back of a motorcycle than inside a car. “If you survive a motorcycle crash, spinal cord injuries may be the most severe injury possible,” the blog post says. “If your head hits the pavement, you might suffer a traumatic brain injury, but you could also suffer a spinal cord injury. Helmets will protect your head, but unfortunately, do not protect much against spinal cord injury because there is still an impact on the neck. Helmets may actually shift some of the risks from the head to your spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries often result in paraplegia or quadriplegia, which can be temporary or permanent. Spinal cord injuries almost always involve significant long-term costs, both in terms of healthcare and lost wages.”
Whatever injury one faces, it is important to have a good personal injury attorney to help one get the compensation they need and deserve. The Angell Law Firm has represented a number of people in cases involving personal injuries, and the firm’s attorneys have a great deal of skill and experience which can help ensure that their clients get the compensation they need. Learn more about The Angell Law Firm online through their website and other resources.
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