With the warmer summer temperatures, more and more motorcycles are taking to the streets and highways. Despite the enjoyment that may come from being out on the open road, there are risks that may result in serious injuries in a motorcycle accident.
If you or a loved one was seriously or fatally injured as a result of another individual's negligence, compensation may be available. Contact a Monongalia County personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.
Common Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Injuries on a motorcycle tend to be more serious. They may result in devastating consequences, including disfigurement, scarring, and permanent disability. One type of injury that riders may suffer is broken bones. This may happen when a rider is thrown from their bike, or if the bike skids limbs may be crushed underneath.
Wrist, arm, leg, and pelvis fractures are most common. These breaks may become more complicated when the bones pierce through the skin, damaging ligaments and tendons. Nerve damage may also occur, leading to weakness or paralysis. Crush injuries to the limbs may also be severe enough to require amputation.
A head injury is another possible type of injury suffered in a motorcycle accident. Of course, the risk of this type of injury being severe or life-threatening is significantly higher when the rider isn’t wearing a helmet. But even with a helmet, head trauma is possible, ranging from mild to severe. In some cases the rider may sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
A mild TBI could cause a brief loss of consciousness, vomiting, and headache. But in some cases it may even result in permanent brain damage, leading to amnesia or changes in personality and behavior. Brain injuries may even put the victim into a coma. There may be complications that impact an individual long-term or even for the rest of their lives.
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