Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Due to daily traffic congestion on the roads, an increasing number of people now prefer to commute on motorcycles instead of cars. Motorcycles are easy to drive through heavy traffic and are more cost-efficient than cars. As these vehicles burn less fuel, motorcyclists are able to save significant amounts of fuel on a daily basis. Besides these factors, many people find riding a motorcycle a thrilling experience.
Riding a motorcycle may seem convenient and fun, but we often fail to see the risk that comes with it. It’s an unfortunate fact that hundreds of people incur serious injuries and some even lose their precious lives in motorcycle accidents annually in the State of Louisiana.
Statistics show that:
- In 2006, 95 people died in motorcycle accidents in the state.
- Motorcycle wrecks make up 8 to 10 percent of all traffic accidents in Louisiana.
- In 2015, 1,951 motorcycle crashes occurred in Louisiana, and 80 of them were fatal.
Survivors of motorcycle accidents often suffer serious injuries, which may require costly surgeries (multiple in some cases) and a very long recovery time. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries are:
1. Head Injuries
Since motorcycles don’t have a solid metal exterior like cars, motorcyclists without helmets are at a high risk of head injuries, such as concussion and brain damage. A concussion can range from mild to severe, but brain damage can be fatal in many situations. Did you know that traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents? Apart from that, a severe brain injury can also cause a permanent disability.
2. Neck Injuries
Closely related to head injuries, neck injuries are also quite common in motorcycle crashes. A neck injury can leave the victim paralyzed. These injuries may include a broken collar bone and whiplash.
3. Broken Bones
As motorcycles usually topple over during accidents, riders are thrown far away from their bikes. Sometimes, they may even hit pavements. This can result in broken legs, hips, feet, arms and wrists. It can further lead to disfigurement and permanent nerve damage, which may require intensive surgeries and medical treatments.
4. Muscle Damage
Unfortunately, muscle damage that occurs anywhere in your body can become permanent after a motorcycle accident. As most riders are not properly geared and their muscles are not well protected, the end result is often paralysis, which can inhibit them from performing their daily routine.
If you have sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle accident caused due to someone else’s negligence, then contact our office today. We will fight your case aggressively and get you a fair and full compensation for the injuries, losses, pain and suffering incurred. Our goal is to help you gain the financial security that you need to pay off your medical bills and move forward with life.