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.