Motorcyclists often have little or no protection in an accident, and because of this, 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents result in some kind of injury.
Motorcyclists can avoid accidents by riding safely, anticipating the conduct of other drivers, wearing protective gear, and carrying out a safety check of the motorcycle. Common injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents include:
This is the most common and the less severe injury that a motorcyclist may suffer. Protective clothing can prevent road rash to some extent, but getting thrown off may cause severe burns, lacerations, and abrasions.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A collision with another vehicle can throw off a rider from the motorcycle, causing serious head trauma, especially if the rider is not wearing a proper helmet. A serious blow to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury, which can lead to intracerebral haemorrhage or brain swelling. It is important to know that even a minor head injury can lead to a brain injury. If a person suffers a brain injury in a motorcycle accident, he or she may experience the following symptoms:
- nausea and vomiting
- slurred speech
- pupil dilation
- loss of coordination
Those who suffer a serious traumatic brain injury may also experience some cognitive changes and may have problems with learning, recognition, memory, and other cognitive functions. The victim may also experience some neurological problems such as hearing, speech, and vision problems. They may also experience weakness in a particular part of the body and may have walking and balancing problem.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
- tinnitus or ringing in the ears
- difficulty sleeping
- mood changes
- chronic headaches
- varying degrees of changes in vision, hearing, memory, concentration, and temperament
Spinal injuries are one of the most devastating types of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Getting thrown off a motorcycle or colliding with another heavy vehicle can cause serious damage to the spine and lead to partial or total paralysis. Even a minor injury to the spine can cause long-term problems and the patient may require long-term treatment and physical therapy.
Bring thrown off a bike or a collision can cause a fracture. Wearing protective clothing such as leather clothing and gloves may prevent fractures. Not wearing a full face helmet can lead to facial fractures as well.
Failure of a motorcycle rider to wear protective clothing and gear such as leather jacket, pants, boots, gloves, and of course, a helmet increases the risk of permanent scarring and disfigurement from contacting the pavement or roadway or from lacerations. A crush accident can even lead to loss of limbs.
Chicago Personal Injury Attorneys
If you get injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s recklessness, contact a Chicago motorcycle accident attorney from Willens Law Offices to receive legal help. We care and will listen to what you have to say so we can better serve you.