What Causes Motorcycle Accidents and What are the Most Common Injuries?
It’s a sobering fact, but in many motorcycle accident cases, the other driver or drivers involved never even saw the motorcyclist they collided with before the crash.
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented clients in hundreds of Illinois motorcycle crash cases, and the most frequent accident types we work with include:
- Blind spot collisions
- Lane-sharing accidents
- Lane-splitting collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Failure-to-yield crashes
- Accidents at intersections
- Motorcyclists traveling too fast around a curve
Most motorcycle accidents result in serious injuries to cyclists, who are less protected and more vulnerable than occupants of passenger vehicles. In some cases, our clients were unaware how badly injured they were until after they had undergone extensive tests and examinations at a hospital.
Injuries Frequently Sustained by Motorcycle Crash Victims
The most common motorcycle accident injuries experienced by the biker include:
- Traumatic brain injuries – Motorcyclists who wear helmets can still suffer serious head trauma from a crash, and those without helmets can experience life-altering traumatic brain injuries. Any crack or damage to the skull can result in a concussion or life-threatening brain injury that will require immediate medical attention.
- Spinal cord injuries – Even minimal damage to the back or neck can cause a permanent injury to the spinal column that can lead to complete or partial paralysis. Nearly all accident victims with a spinal cord injury require full-time care for the remainder of their lives. The lifetime costs of providing continuous care can be staggering if the victim requires ongoing assistance with daily activities, additional surgeries, and access to durable medical equipment.
- Muscle and tissue damage – Catastrophic motorcycle accidents often result in permanent muscle and tissue damage.
- Bone fractures – Without the protection of a vehicle enclosing them, motorcycle riders will often instinctively reach out in front of themselves to lessen the impact when crashing to the ground. This movement can break or shatter bones in the hands, fingers, arms, shoulders, or lower extremities.
- Severe leg injuries – Laying the bike down during a motorcycle crash can result in severe leg injuries where the skin is ripped away from the bone, which may also fracture.
- Severe road rash – Even a short slide across asphalt, pavement, or concrete following a motorcycle crash can result in severe road rash, where exposed skin is removed from the arms, legs, back, head, or hands. Victims, especially those wearing thin clothing, can suffer road rash and other injuries including bruises, scrapes, and cuts that produce permanent skin damage, exposing them to infection, nerve damage, and skin irritations that require ongoing treatment including powerful antibiotics.
- Disfigurement – Many motorcycle crash victims suffer permanent disfigurement to their face, neck, shoulders, arms, chest, back, or lower extremities as a result of lacerations, burns, or broken bones that leave scars. Others might require amputation of a limb. The disfigurement and disability that results can lead to serious long-term depression in accident survivors.
- Fatalities – Many motorcycle riders are killed in accidents that were not their fault. Some victims die at the accident scene while others succumb to their injuries in the emergency room or even months after the crash.
Timing is Everything When it Comes to Making Statements in Accident Cases
Most statements from injured victims are obtained by police, insurance adjusters and investigators in the hours and days immediately following a crash.
While it might seem like a good idea to share information while the incident is fresh in your mind, these statements may be taken at an inopportune time, when you are distracted by your immediate medical needs and not completely focused on the questions being asked of you.
Moreover, you might not be aware of the full extent of your injuries in the several days following a collision. Superficial or soft-tissue injuries which might be causing you extreme pain might be masking more significant orthopedic injuries that have yet to be diagnosed.
If you give a statement and fail to mention an injury or downplay the significance of it, it could come back to haunt you during a case deposition or at trial.
As attorneys who have represented thousands of people injured in car, truck, motorcycle and bicycle accident cases across Illinois, we strongly discourage injured persons from voluntarily giving statements to insurance companies until you have discussed your case with an attorney who can advise you of the implications. These statements tend to do more harm than good when it comes to resolving cases for full and fair value.
Do You Need Help Recovering Compensation for Damages Related to an Illinois Motorcycle Accident?
If you have any questions about your injuries or medical care arising from an Illinois motorcycle accident, we invite you to contact our personal injury law firm for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Our firm has obtained millions of dollars on behalf of crash victims and their families to compensate them for their medical expenses, household bills, lost wages, loss of future earnings, pain, suffering and emotional strain, and we can help your family too.
We accept all personal injury cases, wrongful death lawsuits, and motorcycle crash claims through contingency fee arrangements, meaning that if we are unable to secure financial compensation on your behalf, you owe us nothing. All information you share with our law office remains confidential.