Motorcycle riders lack the same safety protections that vehicle occupants have, which is one reason why so many motorcycle accidents result in catastrophic injuries.
Even seemingly minor accidents can be severe. Common motorcycle injuries involve head injuries, fractured or broken bones, road rash, spinal cord injuries, and more.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Motorcycle riders often sustain serious to catastrophic head injuries, which can be significantly worse if you’re not wearing a helmet.
Riders cannot always prevent traumatic brain injuries, even when wearing a helmet. However, the risk of more severe injury happens when a motorcycle rider is not wearing one.
When someone sustains a brain injury in a motorcycle accident, they often have physical and cognitive defects.
Some brain injuries can benefit from surgery; however, many people have permanent damage.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is very sensitive, and any injury tends to be catastrophic.
Spinal cord injuries often occur when a motorcycle rider lands on their back or neck.
In other cases, a rider is pierced by an object or pinned under the motorcycle, causing damage to the spine.
Depending on what part of the spinal cord is damaged, victims can be left paralyzed.
Some people cannot walk again, while others may not be able to move their arms or even speak and eat on their own again.
Internal organ damage and internal bleeding are also common in motorcycle accidents.
If a doctor doesn’t diagnose the injuries timely, they can be fatal. Internal bleeding is not visible, which is what makes it extremely dangerous.
Internal damage can come from blunt-force trauma, such as something hitting the body but not penetrating the skin, or it can occur if something sharp punctures the skin.
Lacerations and Road Rash
If a motorcycle rider is not wearing protective gear, the risk of lacerations and road rash can increase.
Some riders drop their motorcycle or fly off during the impact, causing them to slide across the ground.
Road rash can happen on any part of the body, but the most common areas are the arms, legs, and back.
Road rash can be serious, especially if not taken care of quickly. There’s a risk of infection and scarring.
Broken Bones and Fractures
During an impact, it’s not uncommon for motorcycle riders to fall from their bike.
When they hit the ground, their body may land in an unnatural position.
The rider can sustain a fracture or break in the bone. Ankle injuries are common as riders don’t always wear high ankle boots.
Leg fractures are also common motorcycle crash injuries, especially if a motorcycle pins the rider during a collision.
Legal Assistance for Alabama Motorcycle Accident Victims
When you are involved in a motorcycle injury accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you could benefit from a skilled personal injury lawyer.
Fob James Law Firm has years of experience helping injured victims just like you.
Our priority is to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
We take fewer cases than other Alabama personal injury firms because we believe in giving each client the full attention their case deserves.
We offer a free consultation, so there is no obligation when you meet with our legal team.
To learn more about how we can assist you, contact Fob James Law Firm today.