All road users are at risk of an accident, but few are as vulnerable as motorcyclists. Even with the right protective gear, a minor collision can cause serious injuries – or worse.
Motorcycles are less stable than cars, and riders often go unnoticed by other drivers. As a result, most of these accidents are not due to rider error but rather are the results of inattention from other people on the road.
If you were in a motorcycle crash, then it is likely that you suffered some form of injury. Even a minor accident can cause serious physical harm and require expensive medical treatment.
At the Truman Law Firm P.C., we can evaluate your accident and determine if you have valid grounds for a lawsuit. A Las Vegas personal-injury lawyer from our firm can explain how the law relates to your case and help you navigate the legal process. Call us today at 702-821-1821 to schedule a consultation.
Until then, read on to learn four common motorcycle accident injuries:
- Broken Bones
Many motorcyclists who crash suffer broken bones. According to Ride Apart, bikers are particularly vulnerable to fractures due to the limited protection that boots, jackets and pants provide. Safety equipment can only do so much, which is why broken bones are among the most common injuries during motorcycle accidents.
- Head Injuries
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, helmet use is the most important factor in limiting the risk of head injuries from a motorcycle wreck. Without adequate head protection, bikers increase their risk of skull fractures and traumatic brain injuries. In fact, according to the IIHS, helmets are approximately 67 percent effective in preventing injuries to the brain.
- Road Rash
Road rash, or road burn, is an incredibly painful injury. While it is not often life threatening, road rash can cause debilitating pain and scars that are similar to fire burns.
In severe cases, riders may be permanently disfigured or disabled due to road rash. This typically occurs in accidents that happen at high speeds. The correct safety gear, such as a thick jacket and pants, can help limit your risk of suffering this injury.
- Spinal Cord Injuries
If a collision ejects a motorcyclist from his or her bike, then the risk of serious back or spinal cord injuries increases significantly. In severe cases, this may mean a life-limiting disability, and the rider could lose his or her ability to walk or perform daily activities. Crashes that happen at high speeds often result in complete or incomplete spinal cord damage, which may require ongoing treatment and rehabilitation.
It’s no secret that motorcyclists are vulnerable on Nevada roads, and just a moment’s inattention from another driver can cause a serious accident. If you were in a crash that was not your fault, then the Truman Law Firm, P.C. may be able to help. Call us today at 702-821-1821, and a Las Vegas accident attorney will meet with you to discuss your potential case.