Injuries Common in Motorcycle AccidentsBy Stewart J. Guss on March 24th, 2017
Any type of traffic-related accident has the potential to cause serious injuries. However, certain types of crashes have a higher propensity for certain types of injuries. For example, a rear-end collision between two cars can often cause victims to suffer from whiplash. In addition, motorcyclists are particularly prone to a number of specific injuries if they are in a crash.
Head and Facial Injuries
Motorcyclists are not surrounded by a steel frame like other motorists and the impact of a collision often sends them flying off of their bikes. In the event of a rear-end crash, a motorcyclist can go flying directly into the pavement or into the back of another vehicle. The first part of the body to hit is often the head. Even with a helmet, such a head trauma can cause serious injuries including the following:
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken cheekbones or nose
- Broken jawbone
- Dental injuries
Many of these injuries require reconstructive surgery and may result in disfigurement.
When a motorcyclist is ejected from their bike, their immediate instinct may be to put their arms out to try to catch themselves. Often, the force of the impact is too great and their hands, wrists, or arms may shatter when they hit the ground. In addition, if a motorcycle falls on top of a rider, it can crush the bones in their legs. In some cases, the bones cannot be repaired and an amputation may be necessary, which will completely change the course of a motorcyclist’s life.
Sometimes, when a motorcycle turns over, a motorcyclist can go skidding across the pavement at a high speed. This can often cause severe friction burns, especially if they are not wearing thick and protective clothing. These burns can damage many layers of the skin and can require extensive medical care, including skin grafting.
Contact a Houston Motorcycle Accident Attorney for a Free Consultation
At the Houston law office of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney At Law, we understand how severely the above injuries can affect your life after a motorcycle accident. Our legal team will do everything we can to evaluate your situation, advise you of your rights, and help you through every step of the legal process. If you have been injured, please call to discuss your situation with a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer at 800-898-4877 today.