As the weather starts to warm up, you’re more likely to see additional motorcycles on the road. Unfortunately, we all know that riding a motorcycle comes with a greater risk of injury should you be involved in an accident.
With many drivers being distracted or not looking for approaching motorcycles, there will be accidents. And, when you have a motorcycle versus a vehicle in a collision, the motorcycle rider is typically going to sustain more severe injuries than if he or she was in a vehicle.
If you’ve been injured in a Kentucky motorcycle accident, it’s important to contact a knowledgeable Louisville motorcycle accident attorney who can assist you. In the meantime, here is a look at some of the more common motorcycle accident injuries.
Even in minor collisions, a motorcycle rider can be thrown from their bike and slide across the pavement. Any time exposed skin makes contact with the pavement, it can scrape away layers of skin. In more severe accidents where a rider is wearing full protective gear, a hard impact can rip through clothing and cause road rash injuries. There can be long term issues with road rash, like infections and surface nerve damage.
Broken or fractured bones are quite common in a motorcycle accident, as the rider’s leg often makes contact with the vehicle. You could have a shattered leg or foot, which can cause permanent damage. Wearing proper safety equipment can help protect you some, but the sheer force of an impact can still result in fractures and broken bones.
In some accidents, a motorcycle rider can face significant burns from gas tank spillage that interacts with something else. 3rd degree burns that require skin grafts are not uncommon in a collision involving a motorcycle rider and vehicle.
Spinal Cord Injuries
If your spinal cord is damaged in an accident, you can be permanently paralyzed, and this may require you to be in a wheelchair for the rest of your life.
Even if you are wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, there is still a risk of facial injuries. Severe accidents may result in facial disfigurement or a broken jaw that needs surgery. These can cause lifetime problems as well.
Head Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries
One of the most common and most severe injuries to motorcycle riders is the risk of brain damage. Wearing a helmet can greatly reduce the risk
of fatality in a motorcycle accident, but there is still a chance you could have major head trauma. Injuries to the head can range from a mild concussion to skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that can cause permanent damage.
Retaining a Louisville Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, it’s important to speak with a Louisville motorcycle accident attorney right away. Contact Harville Law Offices, PLLC today at 502-276-8036 to schedule an initial consultation.
Let one of our skilled motorcycle accident attorneys help you through this difficult time and get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.