Biker’s Arm and Other Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Sep 15, 2017 Motorcycle Accidents

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

During a motorcycle accident, the motorcyclist and their passengers only have their gear to protect them from injuries. If they come into direct contact with the ground, a stationary object, or another vehicle, they will likely experience a catastrophic injury.

One of the most common injuries that result from motorcycle accidents is known as biker’s arm. Read on to learn more about what biker’s arm is, as well as what other motorcycle injuries the Ohio motorcycle accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have seen in their clients.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW or contact us for a free case consultation.

What is Biker’s Arm?

Biker’s arm arises during the initial impact of a motorcycle crash when a motorcyclist uses their arms to try and protect themselves. When their arms take the brunt of the force of impact, paralysis of the arms and nerve damage may occur. If a motorcycle falls onto a motorcyclist’s arms in an accident, biker’s arm may also arise.

This injury has the potential to affect the brachial plexus in the upper arm, and the median, ulnar, and/or radial nerves. Damage to these nerves often results in temporary or even permanent loss of feeling and arm movement.

Many times, the symptoms of biker’s arm are not initially apparent. An injured motorcyclist may feel the symptoms of this injury days or even weeks following the crash. For this reason, it’s imperative for motorcyclists to visit a doctor right after an accident, even if they feel normal. After a comprehensive medical evaluation, a doctor may inform them that they have biker’s arm or another serious injury.

Other Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Although biker’s arm is widely seen in motorcycle accidents, there are a number of other common motorcycle injuries that may occur. Some of these injuries include:

  • Road Rash– When a motorcyclist slides across the pavement in an accident and concrete rubs on their exposed skin, they may be left with road rash and require skin grafts.
  • Neck Injuries– Neck injuries may affect the soft tissues and skeletal parts of the neck. They often lead to long-term pain and suffering.
  • Facial Injuries– Lacerations, traumatic eye injuries, and facial amputations are all examples of common facial injuries that stem from motorcycle crashes.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries– Spinal cord injuries can leave a victim paralyzed from the waist down and in a wheelchair for the rest of their lives.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries– A severe blow during a motorcycle wreck can lead to traumatic brain injury (TBI), and cause brain hemorrhaging or swelling. Severe headaches, convulsions, slurred speech, dilated pupils, and changes in cognitive memory ability are all symptoms of TBI.
  • Emotional Trauma– Motorcycle accident injuries can also be emotional. It’s common for victims of motorcycle accidents to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and require counseling for years to come.

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Call Kisling, Nestico & Redick

If you’ve sustained biker’s arm or any other injury in a motorcycle accident, you should call the Ohio motorcycle accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick right away. We’ll determine who should be held accountable for your injury, and we may be able to help you secure compensation for your damages.

Call us at 1-800-HURT-NOW, or contact us for a free case consultation today.