Common Injuries from Motorcycle Wrecks
Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating activity that is unlike any other. To feel as if you are one with the road rather than separated from it can do wonders for your senses and your soul. Unfortunately, the same freedom that underlies that experience is the main reason that the majority of motorcycle accidents involve serious injuries or fatalities. Not having the protection of a large metal cage, airbags, or seatbelts typically means that riders and passengers are vulnerable to being ejected onto the ground – and into the path of other vehicles.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a motorcycle wreck, you need a highly skilled and qualified attorney on your side. The LA motorcycle injury lawyer Chris J. Roy, founder of the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm, is dedicating to protecting the rights of those people whose lives have been affected by motorcycle crashes. With nearly three decades of experience, Chris is a trusted advocate who knows how to investigate the situation and assemble a case to secure maximum compensation. He has handled numerous motorcycle-related crash claims and takes pride in helping accident victims in Alexandria, Pineville, Rapides Parish, Grant Parish, and throughout Central Louisiana. Find out how he can help you by calling 1-318-487-9537 or filling out a case evaluation form.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death. NHTSA reports that, per vehicle mile driven, a motorcyclist is five times more likely to suffer an injury in an accident than a passenger in a car and 26 times more likely to die. A seven-year study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed over 1.2 million people who were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal, motorcycle-related injuries, and found that more than half of the injuries were to the leg/foot (30 percent) and the head/neck (22 percent). Other commonly injured areas were the “upper trunk” (chest, shoulder, back), arms and hands (from catching falls), and the “lower trunk” (hips and pelvis).
Many bikers are hurt when they put their hands out to stop themselves from falling, leading to fractured wrists, arms, and shoulders. Even low-speed crashes can cause motorcycles to fall over, landing on the rider and crushing his or her leg. One study determined that the most commonly broken bones in the lower extremity suffered in a motorcycle wreck are the tibia (shin bone), fibula (calf bone), and the femur (thighbone). In the upper body, it’s the radius and ulna (forearm bones) which are the most commonly broken, followed by the humerus (the bones that runs from the shoulder to the elbow). Broken bone injuries carry a risk of arthritis, infection, and nerve damage.
Head Injuries/Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Many avid motorcyclists argue that helmets cut down on the freedom of their riding experience. While a helmet can reduce the effects of wind on your eyes and ears, more importantly, research consistently reinforces the conclusion that a helmeted rider who gets into a wreck has a better chance of surviving than one who is unhelmeted. Helmets are estimated to be about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries and approximately 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths. Brain injuries can result in a host of cognitive and behavioral problems, including loss of coordination, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, abnormal aggression, and slurred speech. They can also be extremely costly to treat, requiring long-term care or therapy.
Wearing protective equipment can help reduce the severity of “road rash” – the abrasions sustained by a biker from sliding on the asphalt. Milder cases of road rash may heal with over-the-counter treatment, but third-degree cases require immediate medical attention. These painful third-degree injuries mean that all five layers of skin have been peeled away, leaving the underlying tissue and fat exposed. As these injuries are highly susceptible to infection, delaying treatment for a third-degree case of motorcycle road rash can result in permanent damage.
You Need A Personal Injury Attorney
Motorcycle wrecks can be extremely traumatizing, and it is important to focus on healing. Addressing legal and financial issues may not be at the top of your to-do list, but gathering and preserving evidence as soon as possible after the accident will improve your chances of receiving the compensation to which you are entitled. That’s why it’s critical to retain solid legal representation who will make sure the evidence is properly obtained for use in court. Only an attorney experienced with motorcycle accident injury claims should be trusted to handle your case.
Central Louisiana motorcycle crash lawyer Chris J. Roy, Jr. seeks to ease the financial, mental, and physical burden that the litigation process can add by consistently communicating with you, as well as handling the complicated details. While the Chris J. Roy, Jr. Law Firm is large enough to supply the necessary resources, it is also small enough to provide the individual attention that your case deserves. Chris will carefully examine all possible avenues for compensation to make sure you get the best recovery possible. A trusted advocate, Chris has handled numerous motorcycle-related crash claims and takes pride in helping accident victims in Alexandria and throughout Louisiana. For help with your legal claim, contact the firm today for a free initial consultation by calling 1-318-487-9537 or filling out a case evaluation form.