Motorcycles are fast, maneuverable, and allow riders and passengers to enjoy the outdoors while getting from place to place or just cruising around. Unfortunately, these same characteristics expose motorcyclists to significant injury risks. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcyclists suffered an accident injury rate almost five times that of passenger vehicle occupants.
Motorcycle accident victims often sustain extremely serious injuries, many of which result in long-term medical issues, ongoing healthcare costs, and other significant—and compensable—losses. The following information discusses some common injuries. For more information or to discuss the specifics of your motorcycle accident with a lawyer, call our office today.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Even when victims wear helmets, traumatic brain injuries are potential outcomes in virtually any motorcycle accident. These serious injuries take place when head trauma causes the brain to rattle around within the skull or when an external object penetrates the skull and causes damage to the brain. These injuries can even take place in the absence of contact with the head if the head snaps back and forth hard enough to cause the brain to hit the inside of the skull.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can take place when an impact causes damage to the spinal cord or spinal column. In a motorcycle accident, either the initial impact with another vehicle or a secondary impact could potentially cause serious spinal cord injuries. Because the spinal cord is responsible for allowing the brain to communicate with the rest of the body, any damage to it can cause devastating results, including complete and permanent paralysis below the injury site.
Serious Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries commonly result from motorcycle accidents and can include bruises, lacerations, contusions, sprains, and strains. When serious, these injuries can require surgeries to correct and may leave victims with long-term complications like an impaired range of motion, disfigurement, and chronic pain. In some cases, sufficiently serious soft tissue injuries may warrant the surgical amputation of the damaged body parts.
Call the Hughey Law Firm Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Charleston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If the negligence of another person injured you in a motorcycle accident, you may recover compensation for your accident-related losses, including your medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. The attorneys of the Hughey Law Firm will discuss your accident with you at no cost to you and let you know whether we believe that you have a legal claim. Should you choose to allow us to represent you, we will not collect any legal fees unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
To schedule your free case evaluation with a Charleston motorcycle crash lawyer, call us today at (843) 881-8644 or send us an email through our online contact form.