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All road accidents can potentially cause severe injuries, but motorcycle accidents are some of the most catastrophic.

A motorcycle’s lack of safety features makes bikers more vulnerable to severe harm, including broken bones, road rash, and internal injuries.

A significant injury to an organ or blood vessel typically causes internal bleeding. Sadly, severe internal injuries from motorcycle accidents can be life-altering.

In some cases, internal bleeding caused by trauma stops without medical intervention. However, severe bleeding can be life-threatening.

If you or a loved one suffered internal injuries in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else, we can help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.

Our experienced attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, will defend your legal rights and ensure that negligent parties are held liable.

Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation.

Internal Injuries from Motorcycle Accident

Internal Injuries After a Motorcycle Accident

Damage to the organs or blood vessels can lead to an internal injury, which can then cause internal bleeding.

The two primary causes of this injury are:

  • Blunt Trauma: This trauma occurs when the body hits a blunt object, crushing or tearing the vessels inside and causing them to bleed out of the circulatory system. Blunt trauma can be caused by car accidents, assaults, and falls.
  • Penetrating Trauma occurs when a foreign object pierces the body and creates holes in one or more vessels. Leading causes of penetrating trauma include gunshot wounds, stabbings, and colliding with sharp objects.

Most Common Types of Internal Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents

Almost all organs are susceptible to this injury. The most severe sources of bleeding inside the body include the following:

  • Hemothorax: Chest injuries, including broken ribs, can lead to bleeding around the lungs or hemothorax (blood accumulation in the pleural space). 
  • Hemopericardium and Cardiac Tamponade: A severe impact on the chest can cause bleeding around the heart. In the hemopericardium, blood quickly fills the pericardial cavity. Cardiac tamponade, a condition wherein blood compresses the heart, can quickly cause death.
  • Hemoperitoneum: Trauma to the abdomen can damage the organs, vessels, or arteries around it, which can cause bleeding inside the peritoneal cavity. 
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage: Head trauma can cause bleeding in the brain or between the brain tissue and the skull. These “brain bleeds” can be life-threatening without immediate medical treatment.

Signs of an Internal Injury

Internal injuries are more challenging to spot and diagnose. Possible signs of an internal bleed in the chest or abdomen include:

  • Chest pain
  • Pale and clammy skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Abdominal pain
  • Extreme thirst
  • Dizziness
  • Discolored skin
  • Blood in urine
  • Black, tarry stool
  • Extremely low blood pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting

 Signs of an internal bleed in the head can include:

  • Weakness or numbness
  • Headache
  • Tingling 
  • Change in vision or hearing
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of balance
  • Speech difficulties
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of consciousness

Seek medical attention immediately if you notice these signs in an accident victim.

Bleeding can lead to organ failure, severe internal blood loss, and other potentially fatal complications when left untreated.

How Can Motorcycle Accidents Cause Serious Internal Injuries?

Motorcycle crashes tend to be more devastating than other vehicle accidents due to the following reasons:

  • Lack of Safety Features: The primary reason motorcycle accident victims are more susceptible to injuries is the lack of standard safety features on a motorcycle, such as seatbelts, a cabin, and windows. Motorcycle riders are more likely to get ejected from their vehicle, collide with hard surfaces, and get crushed by heavy objects.
  • Less Stability: A motorcycle’s two wheels offer less stability than passenger cars. Even the most careful rider can suddenly lose control if the road is uneven, slippery, or riddled with debris. 
  • Less Visibility: Due to their size, other vehicles may have difficulty seeing motorcycles on the road, increasing the risk of an accident. Larger vehicles, such as trucks and buses, have wider blind spots and can cause fatal injuries in a motorcycle crash.

Other Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Internal bleeding is not the only severe injury in motorcycle accidents. Victims can also suffer:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries: Aside from brain bleeds, blunt force trauma to the head can lead to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), such as concussions, contusions, and diffuse axonal injury. 
  • Decelerating Trauma: A deceleration injury occurs when a person comes to a sudden halt, and the organs shift inside due to the sudden change in momentum, potentially leading to organ damage. Deceleration trauma is common in high-speed accidents, such as motorcycle crashes.
  • Fractures: Motorcycle riders are more vulnerable to broken bones in accidents due to the lack of protection. Fractures can range from mild or clean breaks to complicated open fractures.
  • Spinal Cord Injury: Blunt force trauma to the back can damage the spinal cord and surrounding vessels. Depending on the severity, spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis. 
  • Neck Injuries: A neck injury can consist of a broken or sprained neck, a pinched nerve, or whiplash. 
  • Road Rash: A motorcyclist can hit the pavement when ejected from their motorcycle. Road rash occurs when the skin gets scraped off by a hard surface. 

Any of these injuries require immediate medical attention to avoid severe complications. 

The Cost of Motorcycle Injuries

A serious injury is not only traumatic, but it can also come with significant financial burdens, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Disability expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reduced quality of life

Moreover, a motorcycle crash can lead to other expenses, such as motorcycle repairs, increased insurance premiums, ongoing medical care, and legal fees.

What to Do if You Get into a Motorcycle Accident

A motorcycle accident can be traumatic, and you might not know what to do due to panic or shock. It helps to be aware of these steps in case the unthinkable happens:

  • Seek Immediate Medical Attention. Call medical assistance to the accident scene, even if you think you don’t have any injuries. Untreated internal bleeds or organ damage can be extremely dangerous without prompt treatment.
  • Call the Police. Law enforcement will help you and others involved in the accident.
  • Watch Out for Symptoms. Internal or non-visible injuries can take days or weeks to manifest into physical symptoms. Seek prompt medical attention if you experience changes in your physical state, such as significant physical pain or sudden bleeding from orifices.
  • File a Legal Claim. If another person caused your accident, you can take legal action. The negligent party could be liable for your injuries.

Talk to Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today

A motorcycle accident can lead to many devastating injuries. However, internal bleeds are some of the most severe and require immediate medical attention.

When left untreated, bleeding can cause serious damage to organs and become potentially fatal.

You deserve financial compensation if your motorcycle accident was caused by someone else. The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC attorneys can hold negligent parties accountable for your injuries through a personal injury claim.

Contact our law office at (888) 424-5757 for a free legal consultation.

All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team will remain private under an attorney-client relationship.

Our personal injury lawyers handle all accepted motorcycle crash cases on a contingency fee basis. This agreement ensures you don’t have to pay our legal fees unless we win your case.

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