Injuries from a motorcycle ride are worse than car accidents. Riders speak of painful “road rash,” the result of bare skin sliding on concrete. Burns happen when the rider comes in contact with the engine, manifold, or exhaust, and can be severe, leading to pain, damage, and infection. But these are not the worst injuries from a motorcycle accident.
Accidents on a motorcycle are much more dangerous because of the inherent lack of protection a driver gets from a passenger vehicle. Fatalities are common, especially when riders choose not to wear a helmet and other basic safety gear. Survivors may be left with injuries that have long-lasting repercussions.
The Most Serious Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents
Falls and crashes involving a motorcycle can lead to severe injuries such as:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Head and Neck Injuries
- Spinal cord and back injuries, such as herniated and slipped discs
- Thoracic area injuries (trauma in the chest and ribcage)
- Facial injuries, including disfigurement, skin infections, and nerve damage
- Bone breaks, fractures, and crush injuries, especially in the lower extremities
- Internal bleeding and injuries
- Damage to muscles, tendons, and cartilage, especially to the upper and lower extremities
- Psychological trauma, including PTSD and other emotional damage
These injuries can be life-threatening. They can leave the rider with a considerable recuperation and impact their quality of life. Those who suffer head trauma and TBI from an accident may no longer be able to work or live independently and need assistance for the rest of their lives.
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
Call 911 following a crash or have someone call for you. Even if you believe you were not injured, or believe it’s just a minor road rash, it’s vital to get medical attention after a motorcycle accident. You may not realize that you are hurt, particularly if you have internal bleeding or injuries. “Wait and see” allows injuries to become worse and possibly fatal.
Preventing And Mitigating Accident Damage
You can’t control how others drive, only your own riding. These guidelines can help you lessen the impact of a motorcycle accident
- Always wear a helmet
- Drive safely and defensively
- Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles
- Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Regular motorcycle maintenance for optimal safety and riding
- Ride a motorcycle that’s appropriate for your own experience and skill level
- Ride posted speed limits and obey the rules of the road
- Take motorcycle education and safety training
- Wear appropriate gear, including long pants and boots
After an accident, speak with a motorcycle accident attorney to discuss your case and options to recover compensation for your injuries.
CONTACT A DALTON MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to understand your rights and know where to turn for legal help. Joshua J. Smith, Attorney at Law is here to provide you with professional legal assistance and compassionate client service. With over 20 years of experience, our team is well-equipped to handle any type of motorcycle accident case.
Since founding our practice, we have been privileged to serve the good people of Georgia, particularly in Dalton and the surrounding towns such as Cohutta, Varnell, Eton, Tunnel Hill, Chatsworth, Rocky Face, Rossville, and Crandall. We also can assist folks from Calhoun, Fort Oglethorpe, Canton, Cartersville, Cannon Heights, Rome, and Woodstock.
Contact Joshua J. Smith Attorney at Law by calling us at (706) 217-2095 or following out our contact form.