While many of today’s motorcycles are loaded with modern safety and comfort features, there’s no denying that a motorcycle rider is more likely to be injured after an accident than motorists in a car. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger car occupants.
It’s up to all drivers—whether they are driving motorcycles, passenger cars, or commercial trucks—to act responsibly on the road. However, if you have been the victim of a motorcycle crash caused by another person’s negligence, the guilty party should be held responsible.
Victims of motorcycle accidents can experience the same injuries as victims of car accidents, but motorcycle crashes are unique in a few ways. Here are some of the most common injuries motorcyclists face.
Motorcycle drivers and passengers are especially vulnerable to head injuries, particularly traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), if an occupant’s head strikes the ground or another vehicle.
It’s another reason why helmets should be warn at all times when riding a motorcycle: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% for riders and 41% for passengers and the risk of head injury by 69%.
When motorcycles are hit from the back, occupants are just as likely to experience whiplash as those in rear end car accidents. On the other hand, if bikers are thrown backward and hit the back of their neck, they could experience spinal cord damage—even while wearing a helmet.
Motorcyclists who contact the pavement during a crash can get what is known as “road rash,” an injury caused by scraping the skin. Road rash can be mild, but it can also cause severe injuries that are susceptible to infections and permanent scarring.
While you are considering pursuing an accident lawsuit or finding an experienced personal injury attorney to represent your case, you also need to focus on your recovery. Consider these tips as you are healing from your injuries.
If you were in a motorcycle accident, you should see a doctor—even if you think you’re fine. Symptoms of common crash injuries, such as whiplash, may not show up right away. Your doctor will ensure you don’t have any injuries or help you develop a treatment plan.
Pay attention to the instructions your doctor gives you about how to recover from your injuries. If you are referred to a physical therapist, go to your appointments. If you are prescribed medication, take it as directed.
Additionally, make a follow-up appointment so your doctor can assess your progress.
Getting plenty of rest is key to recovery. Sleeping well gives you energy, and your body needs energy to heal.
Motorcycle crashes are scary. You may find yourself experiencing anxiety, trouble sleeping, or other symptoms of emotional distress. Turn to your loved ones for support, and if needed, get advice from a therapist.
Recovering from a motorcycle accident is costly and time-consuming, and throughout your recovery, expenses are piling up. Medical bills, lost wages, and property damage are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to financial losses after a crash. That’s why you need an experienced motorcycle accident attorney on your side—to help you get compensation for these costs.
In most cases after a motorcycle accident, your insurance will cover many of your expenses. However, there may be deductibles you must pay before coverage begins. Some insurance policies also have limits to the amount they will pay—leaving you on the hook for potentially large portions of your medical expenses.
Additionally, insurance typically won’t cover you for lost wages, missed opportunities, or pain and suffering. Often, your injuries after a motorcycle accident bring a heavy emotional burden to you and your loved ones. Working with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help alleviate the worries that often overwhelm accident victims.
While you’re recovering from motorcycle accident injuries, you have enough to worry about. But, aside from your physical healing, you have piles of paperwork and medical bills, and you may be facing an uncertain future. You deserve someone to advocate for you—in court if necessary—and ensure that your side of the case is heard. You may be eligible for compensation for your losses.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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