[Content Updated 04/14/2021] Many types of motorcycle accidents can result in life-threatening injuries. I am Los Angeles motorcycle lawyer, Michael Ehline. Los Angeles has some of the most dangerous intersections and causes of many motorcycle crashes. Below I will discuss the top three catastrophic injuries caused by motorcycle accidents and lesser-known motorcycle rider injuries. Learning about injuries and their causes is a great way to avoid riding incidents altogether. So you should use this information gathered by legal experts to help you develop a safe riding plan.
Top Three Motorcycle Related Injuries Are:
First and foremost, the brain acts as the nerve center for the whole body. In any case, helmets, as we learned with CTE, and the NFL, do little to prevent many types of brain damage. Typically, when a rider is tossed back and forth like a rag doll, the brain bangs around inside the cranium. And even though the brain can heal itself, head injuries can result in severe, permanent, detrimental residuals. Our aggressive, above-board firm handles all three of these types of injuries as part of its caseload. Read more, or call us now on our 24-hour injury hotline.
The foremost on the list of lousy head wounds are traumatic (TBI) and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Penetrating head wounds are also unavoidable but are often mitigated and stopped by a fitting motorcycle helmet and eye protection. Helmets are good at preventing or lessening skull fractures. By and large, motorcycle helmets also help to avoid road rash and friction burns on the head.
And head protection helps prevent lost skin and hair during a traffic-related crash. Most of all, helmets allow your head to remain in the fiberglass, D.O.T. approved cocoon. But even with a helmet, you can still suffer a severe brain injury or head fracture.
TBI and MTBI have various symptoms like:
Although helmets can afford some protection against skull fractures and brain protrusion, not much is given. First and foremost, spine injuries and broken bones go hand in hand with cycling mishaps. Second, launching from a bike means you’re going to be propelled into the pavement or some object. As this is happening, the body becomes contorted as it flails around. So you can see how a person could get torn up. (Read more here about motorcycle brain injuries). As a result, no riding gear can stop the bones from breaking or the spine from twisting.
By and large, the next on our list of catastrophic motorcycle accident injuries are spine injury. (Motorcycle-specific spine injury discussed in detail here). Presently these cases range from simple whiplash to serious spinal cord injuries. Typically the mechanism of injury involves a twisting or hard impact on the discs or connective tissue. Nerves get pinched off, severed, or crushed. No doubt, this can spell curtains for a healthy life.
Moreover, symptoms can range from numbness to persistent pain to total and extreme immobilization. In some cases, arthritis may develop in the motorcycle accident victim’s joints, coupled with terrible Facet Joint Syndrome. In any case, these injuries are called tetraplegia or quadriplegia. But when only legs become paralyzed, you have a medical condition known as paraplegia.
Both types of conditions can mean the total or partial loss of bowel control, incontinence, etc. Although experiments with cell regeneration currently remain ongoing, no known treatment for paralysis exists. However, disc replacement surgery has prevented pinched nerves from being severed. But this is a precarious treatment and still experimental in some cases.
If you’re lucky, your spine is safe, and you merely suffered scrapes or bruising. More likely is that you will have broken something. Medically, this is called a fracture. Fractures (discussed in detail here) are another serious injury that often results from a motorcycle spill. When a rider gets thrown from a bike, broken bones come with the territory. A fracture could be one where the cracked bone penetrates the skin. Or it could be snapped but inside the skin. Regrettably, either type of break can be medically severe and require surgery.
Of course, patients will need long-term physical therapy, along with titanium screws, to hold it all together. Presumably, a cast, sling, crutches, and convalescence would be required. Even then, a full recovery remains guarded. All too often, traffic collisions involving motorcycles culminate in catastrophically injured cyclists. Sometimes the rider plays a role in bringing about the calamity. Still other times, it is wholly the fault of a negligent driver or road repairer.
Only the victims and families truly understand the devastation associated with motorcyclist injuries. Afterward, knowing who to call for legal help in this darkest hour is as important as the surgeon for your brain injury. A dedicated, compassionate lawyer can help reset your broken case like a doctor can help cast and heal a broken bone.
Finally, when a wrongful death lawsuit is involved, dealing with the send-off and mourning drains you. No one can mend a broken heart. And the emotions of losing a loved one make it almost impossible to handle a potential lawsuit without an excellent and understanding attorney. For example, who do you deal with at the insurance company/defendant’s offices to get your claim started and administered? You read below. That’s how—related Injury: Rider’s bone.
Hark, do not despair. The expertly trained team of motorcycle lawyers at Ehline Law Firm are riders. First and foremost, we are the ambassadors of the injured. From here on, if a devastated survivor or heir of a deceased rider employs us, we go the extra mile. Accordingly, we work to achieve remarkable windfalls like settlements or verdicts. In any case, seeking and getting justice is the end game.
Also, you deserve a motorcycle lawyer who doesn’t treat you like a file. It would help if you had lawyers who will treat you like a friend. In any case, that’s exactly who we are and what we do. If you would like a no-risk and free legal consultation from an attorney who rides, call us right away. Don’t sleep on your rights, no matter how sad or depressed you are. Just like you are there for your loved ones in this hour of need, Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys Los Angeles, APLC, is here to serve you. You must call now at (213) 596-9642. We have convenient locations in Torrance, Carlsbad, and Marina del Rey. Look us up!