Motorcycle accidents have a high risk of death, as the driver is exposed to the elements and the road, unlike a car driver. A motorcycle driver is 29 times more likely to be killed in an accident when compared to the mortality rate of car drivers. The injuries you experienced are likely severe and deserve compensation. Chicago is a no-fault state, where the driver who caused the accident is liable for the damages they caused. Your motorcycle accident attorney can increase your chances of receiving an accurate settlement amount that covers all of the damages you experienced.
You can receive help from dedicated attorneys who understand how tragic motorcycle accidents are. They can support you and file a claim on your behalf while you recover from your injuries. Contact the personal injury lawyers at Mike Agruss Law today for a free consultation.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists have a surprisingly high number of leg injuries. This is mainly because the legs are closest to the road when the motorcyclist gets into an accident. You may have experienced many other injuries. Here is a list of common personal injuries:
When you get into an accident, it is easy for the motorcycle to fling you forward or drag you across the road. When this happens, your skin comes into contact with the rough cement surface of the roadway. This causes “road rash,” where your skin can scrape across the ground and receive superficial cuts and skin abrasion.
You may have experienced broken bones in your chest cavity and thorax area. This is because your chest is exposed when you are knocked off your motorcycle. Chest injuries can happen when your chest hits the hood of the car, the ground, or other rough surfaces. You can also receive broken bones in your arms, legs, fingers, and toes. In a less severe situation, you may have fractures, though these are not any less painful.
Scars and Disfigurement
Injuries can result in deep wounds that go past the surface tissue. Sometimes accidents result in fires, where burn marks can cause permanent disfigurement of the body. When this happens, you may require surgery to help reduce scars or repair parts of your face that have been disfigured.
Traumatic Brain Injury
One of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury is a traffic accident. Brain injuries are considered some of the worst wounds to receive, as cognitive impairment can cause you to be permanently disabled. There may be nausea, vomiting, convulsions, and migraines because of a brain injury. The tissue of the brain can hemorrhage, bruise, or tear, leading to long-term consequences. Concussions can cause dementia, stroke, vertigo, depression, and other forms of brain damage that can be life-changing.
While this may not be a typical case, you may experience the loss of fingers, toes, hands, feet, arms, or legs. This is because your appendage may be trapped under your bike or the other vehicle or dragged across the ground. In other circumstances, body parts may get caught between vehicles or crushed under the weight. Sometimes surgery can cause amputation, as this can happen if you get a post-surgery infection. In the unfortunate chance that you have shattered bones or a severed appendage, you will have to get the affected body part amputated.
Spinal Cord Injuries
These injuries are challenging to recover from and can result in permanent damage. In addition, the area where the injury happened along the spinal column changes how it impacts you. A spinal cord injury can cause paraplegia, quadriplegia, and tetraplegia. These forms of paralysis can be permanent or temporary and happen when you receive a traumatic hit on your spine. The spinal column can be crushed, compressed, fractured, or dislocated because of your injury.
This less painful injury happens solely in the neck area. When you accelerate and decelerate quickly, the neck can rock forward and back so fast that it causes a severe neck injury. Whiplash neck sprains happen often and can come in combination with other injuries while on the road.
How to Prove Injuries and Who Is At Fault
As soon as you have been injured, you need to get medical treatment. Your doctor can review all of the wounds you have and let you know the extent of the damage. Then you can receive treatment and prevent your injuries from worsening. You can use your medical bills in your claim as additional proof for your case, along with pictures and a police report from the accident site. Your motorcycle accident attorney will use the information you provide to obtain a settlement. Call Mike Agruss Law now for a free consultation.