Let’s go over some of the more common classes of motorcycle accident injuries.
1. Damage to the neck and spine
Riders who fail to wear helmets or who are otherwise improperly outfitted for the road tend to on average suffer more head and spine injuries than do operators who adhere to safety precautions. Spine and neck injuries can result in everything from death to brain damage to paralysis to loss of sensation to long-term motor, muscle, and nerve damage. It’s very difficult to treat spinal injuries, since nerve tissue does not regenerate easily; thus even minor damage can often lead to life-long consequences.
2. Head injuries.
There are two main classes of head injuries: closed and open injuries. These traumas can result in hematomas, strokes, permanent brain damage, damage to the brain stem, memory problems, loss of functions, and literally hundreds of other problems. It can be difficult to assess the long-term prognosis for patients who’ve been seriously injured in the head, given that seemingly stable patients may manifest problems months or even years after they’ve recuperated.
3. Injuries to soft tissue or bone.
Obviously, broken wrists, broken ankles, broken arms, and other breaks and sprains can occur after you’re thrown off a motorcycle traveling at any speed. However, in addition to suffering immediate bone and soft tissue injuries, you might later encounter secondary bone/muscle problems resulting from your injury, such as fibromyalgia, rotator cuff pain, and other chronic health issues.
4. General pain and suffering.
Accident survivors can often be psychologically scarred by their experiences. So called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can afflict individuals involved in even mild accidents and can require years of therapy to manage. Bruises, lacerations, scrapes, contusions, and other wounds may result from the direct impact of the crash or from the secondary traumas of accident rescue. Individuals may also suffer infections and illnesses while recuperating that can be directly attributed to their accident-weakened state.
If you or someone you care for has suffered a motorcycle accident injury, you have recourse available to you under the law. Find out more about what you can do to get compensated for motorcycle injuries on our website. Maryland motorcycle injury attorney Steve Heisler has been practicing personal injury law in Maryland since 1996 and has demonstrated remarkable skill dealing both with the technical aspects of arranging settlements and with the more personal aspects of client care. To set a free consultation with Steve Heisler, simply dial (410) 625-4878 now.
$5,500,000.00 - Steve represented a 33-year-old single mother of one whose vehicle was struck head-on by a construction truck in 2002. The client suffered life threatening injuries and was in a coma for six weeks. She required two months of brain injury rehabilitation. The client currently has serious permanent disabilities as a result of the accident including short term memory loss, impaired speech, double vision, and right side paralysis.
She is unable to return to her occupation as a dental hygienist or any other occupation. Steve Heisler and his associate Keith Kauffman negotiated a $5.5 million structured settlement at mediation. Should the client reach her life expectancy the payout increases to $9.5 million.
$250,000 - Steve represented the family of a 15 year old Anne Arundel County boy who was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree. The defendant driver was also killed. Another passenger survived the crash. The defendant driver had a $300,000.00 liability policy. Steve negotiated a $250,000.00 settlement for the family. The remaining $50,000.00 was tendered to the surviving passenger.
$800,000 - Steve represented the estate and family of a 45 year old man who was killed when the motorcycle he was riding struck a guardrail and he was catapulted down an embankment. The estate and family alleged that a vehicle in the lane to the immediate left of the man swerved into his lane and caused a collision. The defendant strongly denied any wrong doing. The case was settled at a settlement conference for $800,000.00.
$325,000 - Steve’s client, a 45 year old Sr. Program Manager, was struck by a work vehicle that failed to yield the right of way while turning left in front of the victim in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Steve’s client was thrown from his Harley Davidson and suffered multiple injuries resulting in two surgeries. Suit was filed and the case settled for $325,000.00.
$200,000 - Steve’s client, an elderly lady from West Virginia, was seriously injured when the car she was traveling in was struck by a negligent driver in Garrett County, Maryland. The lady suffered a broken back and detached retina. Steve negotiated a $100,000.00 settlement with the defendant driver’s insurance company and was successful in getting his client’s West Virginia insurance company to “stack” an additional $100,000.00 for a total settlement of $200,000.00.
$100,000 - Steve represented a five year old Eastern Shore boy who was struck by a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road while the boy was riding his bike. Steve's client suffered a traumatic brain injury and serious fractures which required him to spend an extended period of time in a rehabilitation center. The boy now has permanent brain damage. The case settled for the driver's policy limits of $100,000.00.
$95,000 - Steve represented a 36-year-old Cecil County man who was rear ended while stopped at a red light. The force of the impact was severe and his client’s vehicle was totaled. Steve’s client suffered a cerebral concussion, a C5-6 disc herniation, and a L2-3 disc protrusion. He received a 30% whole-body permanent disability rating. Steve settled the case with the insurance company for $95,000.00.