Common Injuries After a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents kill or severely injure individuals more frequently than any other type of crash, resulting in immense amounts of suffering and financial damages. As such, it’s vital that any motorcyclist involved in an accident, no matter how minor, seeks immediate medical attention. Failing to do so could result in exponentially increased hospital bills, pain, and debilitation if delayed-onset accident injuries go unnoticed, so don’t risk it.
Despite not technically being legally required for Arizona bikers of 18 years of age or older, the importance of motorcycle helmets can’t be overstated. Motorcycles lack the protective carriages, seatbelts, and airbags that larger vehicles sport, transferring the onus of safety exclusively onto a motorcyclist’s choice of protective equipment. As such, traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and other head-related injuries are extremely common among motorcyclists who choose not to wear helmets, and proportionately less so among those who take their safety seriously. Head injuries are also often accompanied by spinal cord damage, which can range from causing minor whiplash to total paralysis.
Damage to Limbs and Extremities
Thick padding is to the body what a motorcycle helmet is to the head. Gloves, durable pants, joint pads, leather coats, and similar layers of durable, padded riding gear are vital to protecting one’s fragile skin and internal organs and can help riders somewhat avoid or mitigate common injuries such as:
- Cuts and bruises, though often laughed off as minor, shouldn’t be ignored. Cuts can grow infected, and bruises often look extremely similar to or are accompanied by other injuries such as internal bleeding, broken bones, and other such wounds.
- Road rash, experienced by bikers who tumble and skid along a rough road, is incredibly susceptible to infection due to the likelihood of dirt and debris being caught within large swaths of lacerated skin. Even if bikers avoid secondary infection after the fact, scarring and disfigurement is a common result.
- Biker’s arm refers to a steady buildup of nerve damage sustained by bikers who frequently fall or get into an especially severe crash, especially if accompanied by infections and fractures. Over time, nerve damage can result in chronic pain, loss of sensation, and partial or total paralysis of the arm, permanently rendering a victim unable to bike.
Compensation for Arizona Motorcycle Accident Injuries
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you’re likely going to need fairly extensive medical treatment to mend your wounds and prevent infections, which tends to become rather costly rather quickly. With the help of an Arizona motorcycle accident attorney, you can pursue a claim through the at-fault driver’s insurance company, ensuring that you receive complete compensation for your motorcycle repair bills, lost wages, medical expenses, suffering, and other such damages, giving you peace of mind while you focus on recovery.
Give ELG a call today at (623) 321-0566 to talk to a legal professional with specialized experience in the field of motorcycle accidents, and get all of your questions answered in a no-pressure, compassionate environment. We can help you determine whether or not a lawyer is right for you, empowering you with the knowledge necessary to pursue a successful claim regardless.