If you are in an accident while you are out riding your motorcycle, you are likely to sustain more severe injuries than the driver of a car. Unlike other passenger vehicles, a motorcycle does little to protect those riding it. A heavy aluminum body does not surround it, and it does not have a seat belt. Moreover, most bikes aren’t equipped with safety features, such as lane change warning signals or backup cameras. As a result, there are many types of motorcycle accident injuries that you can suffer.
When you are hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you are entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. Let the experienced Ohio motorcycle accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
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What Are Some Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
Motorcycle accidents can cause a severe harm to your body. Below are some of the most common problems people experience after being hurt while driving their motorcycle:
Head Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries
While only riders under 18 are required to wear a helmet in Ohio, a helmet is the only thing that can protect your head when you’re on a motorcycle, and it has proven to be a beneficial piece of equipment. Protecting your head reduces your risk of a skull fracture or traumatic brain injury (TBI,) which can lead to permanent complications or death.
A 2016 study performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of a brain injury by 67 percent, and lessen the chance of death by 37 percent. Thus, wearing a helmet could save you from a severe head or brain injury that can be fatal.
Neck and Spine Injuries
A helmet can protect your head, but your neck and spine remain exposed and vulnerable in an accident. Injury to your spinal cord can interfere with its sensory functions. As a result, you may experience numbness and tingling in your limbs, or even paralysis.
When a motorcyclist is in an accident, they are often thrown from their bike and skid along the road. This contact with the rough pavement can shred even the most protective gear, which can result in road rash. The level of road rash severity depends on how much of your skin came in contact with the road. At its worst, road rash can cause infection, permanent scarring, and nerve damage.
Motorcycle drivers run the risk of losing a limb when they crash with a car or truck. Often, bikers also experience severe limb damage that will never heal. Therefore, their limbs must be amputated.
Biker’s Arm is another common type of motorcycle accident injury. It affects many motorcyclists who wreck their bikes. When a biker feels that they are about to be thrown from their bike, they instinctively put up an arm to shield themselves from the impact on the road. Because this arm receives the brunt of the contact, the biker can suffer anything from nerve damage to paralysis, or an even more severe injury.
Legs and Feet Injuries
Legs and feet often get damaged in an accident. Motorcyclists can suffer leg and foot injuries from road rash, or their legs and feet can get hurt if they collide with a car or truck. They can also lose control and accidentally tip their bike over on one side, pinning their leg underneath. Leg injuries can lead to broken bones, open wounds, or permanent disability.
While technically not an injury, there is a possibility that a motorcyclist may not survive a crash. In this event, you should contact a skilled attorney to see if a wrongful death claim is appropriate for your loved one’s case.
Legal Options for Injured Accident Victims
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to collect compensation through filing an insurance claim for:
- Medical Costs
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of family relationships or loss of consortium
Insurance companies often will give their clients lowball offers that do not come close to compensating them for what they have gone through. This is why you need a compassionate lawyer on your side. Our Ohio motorcycle accident attorneys can help you file your motorcycle injury claim and negotiate with the insurance company to help you receive the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.
Before mounting your bike, make sure you have taken every possible precaution to keep yourself safe. Choose a helmet that has been manufactured to meet or exceed federal regulations. Always wear your helmet, even if you’re just going around the block. Choose clothing made from durable, protective leather to reduce the chances of experiencing painful road rash. Remember that your clothing, helmet, and eye gear are the only protection you have against serious motorcycle accident injuries.
If you are involved in a wreck, try to take photos of the damage. Also, never assume you don’t need medical attention. You should go to the hospital and see a doctor, even if you feel fine. Injuries, especially internal ones, tend to show up hours or even days later. By that time, it may be too late to file an insurance claim to cover your medical bills.
Suffering From Motorcycle Accident Injuries? Call Us Today for Help
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we have seen numerous motorcycle accidents caused by negligent drivers. If you or a loved one suffer from one or more motorcycle accident injuries, you may be worried about how you will pay your mounting medical bills. Our team of attorneys can help seek compensation on your behalf.
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