Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Driving a motorcycle can be exhilarating. However, these two-wheeled vehicles offer very little, if any, real protection. There are no airbags, no seat belts, and no covering around you. This can leave you and any riders vulnerable to other vehicles on the road in addition to common road hazards such as potholes and ice. The more you prepare yourself for an accident, the less likely you may involve yourself in one. Taking time to learn about known perils that face motorcyclists on the roads could save your life and the life of others.
Injuries that Can Pose the Biggest Threat to Motorcyclists
It is approximated that at least 1 in 2 motorcycle accidents are the result of another driver in a car. Sadly, it is often the riders of the motorcycle that are injured the worst. As a motorcycle accident lawyer, we have helped clients win settlements after suffering the following.
Head and Brain Injuries – Not all states require motorcyclists to wear a helmet, and some riders choose not to even though it’s the law. Not wearing a helmet is the leading reason why a rider loses their life. Even when a rider is wearing a helmet, there is a chance that he or she will sustain head or brain trauma. It’s very important you choose a DOT certified helmet and that you do not use one that has already been in an accident.
Neck Injuries – Striking the back wheel of a motorcycle can cause a rider to suffer whiplash. If the biker is thrown back off their bike, they could land on their skull and suffer a severe neck injury, damage to the spinal cord, or paralysis.
Road Rash – When you are not wearing proper safety clothing, such as motorcycle armor, you may be at more risk for experiencing road rash. This happens when at least one area of the body moves along the pavement, causing abrasions that could be on the surface or very deep. Infection, scarring, nerve damage, or the need to undergo skin grafting is possible when you get road rash in an accident.
Feet and Leg Injuries – Feet and leg injuries are very common in motorcycle accidents. This is because there is a high chance that the bike will fall on top of the rider. Due to their exposed lower extremities, broken bones, torn ligaments, laceration, amputation, severe bruising, and scaring are possible.
Arm Injuries – When a rider is launched through the air, they may naturally put their arms out in front to brace their fall and minimize the impact to their head. Broken bones, nerve damage, tissue injuries, and shoulder injuries could result.
Before you purchase a motorcycle it is essential you take ample time to learn how to maneuver it in all common conditions. You should understand how to break and what your blind spots may be. In addition to a helmet, protective clothing, eye protection, pants, and closed toe shoes or boots should be worn at all times.
Ultimately, you cannot control other driver’s on the road. If you were driving your motorcycle safety, but injured in an accident after being struck by a car, consider calling a Woodland Hills motorcycle accident lawyer today.
Thank you to our friends and contributors at Barry P. Goldberg for their insight into personal injury claims and things to know about motorcycle riding before you get a bike.