Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 413 motorcycle riders and 38 motorcycle passengers were killed in accidents in our state in 2011. An additional 7,194 motorcycle drivers and 776 passengers were injured in the same year. Under Florida law, a seriously injured accident victim may obtain monetary compensation for the payment of all medical bills and costs, including those that will occur over the course of a lifetime as a result of the accident. A victim may also be compensated for the pain and suffering and emotional distress that arise from an injury and for lost wages if the injury causes absences from work. Because of rules that govern how compensation is determined in motorcycle wrecks, the severity of the injury plays a major role in determining the amount of monetary damages an accident victim will be entitled to recover. At Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, we focus on representing those injured in motorcycle accidents in South Florida and throughout the Treasure Coast. We are dedicated to seeking maximum compensation for our clients. To learn more, schedule a free consultation with us today by calling 1-800-299-8878 or filling out our online form.
Determining Your Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injury to the person driving the motorcycle and to any passengers. This is because the bike provides no protection from the impact of a crash. It is also very common for riders to be thrown off of the motorcycle when a wreck occurs. Tragically, the injuries that are sustained result not only in lifelong impairment, but also, in many cases, are fatal.
Among the most common injuries suffered in motorcycle crashes, according to a study by the Monash Injury Research Institute, are:
- Limb injuries – Forty-four percent of motorcyclists suffer injuries to the upper limbs in accidents, and 57 percent suffer injuries to the lower limbs.
- Facial injuries – These injuries occur in eight percent of motorcycle wrecks in which the drivers were wearing helmets with an open face. They occur in four percent of accidents in which motorcyclists are wearing full helmets.
- Broken bones – Fractures of the knee or lower leg are the most common motorcycle accident injuries, accounting for 28 percent of injuries to motorcyclists in non-fatal wrecks. Fractures of the forearm are also common and account for 17 percent of injuries.
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injury – Serious head injuries are suffered by four percent of all motorcyclists hurt in wrecks.
- Spinal cord injuries – This includes injuries resulting in paralysis or quadriplegia. These types of injuries often occur when the spine is damaged as a result of the motorcyclist being thrown from the bike.
- Back, shoulder and neck injuries – In addition to bone fractures, it is possible for the soft tissues, including the joints, ligaments and tendons, to be injured as a result of the force and impact of a motorcycle wreck.
- Chest injuries – Although these types of injuries are relatively uncommon, they tend to be severe in accidents in which the chest is affected.
- Amputation – Tragically, the limbs or body parts of a rider or passenger can be so severely damaged in a wreck that amputation becomes necessary.
- Road rash – This is a term for the abrasions or cuts resulting from the accident. These injuries affect 88 percent of motorcyclists involved in accidents.
Unfortunately, the Monash University study also indicated that wearing appropriate clothes does not lessen the risk of serious injury. Whether the wreck occurs in a speed zone or is a single- or multi-vehicle accident also has no affect on the likelihood that a motorcycle rider or passenger will be seriously hurt in a crash.
Take Legal Action If You Have Suffered Injury in a Florida Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accident injuries are expensive to treat. In some cases, you may not recover from the harm that you have suffered. You should not be responsible for the costs of these serious injuries if someone else was to blame for your accident. Although Florida’s no-fault laws limit your recovery to your own insurer for minor injuries, those who suffer serious harm can obtain compensation for medical bills and other losses, including pain and suffering and emotional distress. If you or a loved one was hurt in a motorcycle accident and someone else was to blame, including the driver of the motorcycle that you were a passenger on, you should contact an experienced Florida motorcycle accident lawyer right away. At Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, we have extensive experience representing clients in South Florida and the Treasure Coast who have been hurt in motorcycle crashes. We are not afraid to take on serious injury claims. We will seek compensation you deserve based on the extent of your injuries. Simply give us a call at 1-800-299-8878 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
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