Motorcycle accidents unfortunately often lead to serious or catastrophic injuries. Unlike accidents experienced by a passenger in a car, a motorcyclist lacks protection from the forces and impacts involved. The motorcyclist lacks not only a protective glass and steel frame, but also many other vehicle safety features like a seatbelt, airbags, and crumple zones. The lack of a seatbelt also means that motorcyclists in an accident are often thrown from their bike thereby suffering additional injuries and traumas.
For more than 34 years the experienced and dedicated attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm have worked to protect motorcycle riders and their families. If we represent you, we handle everything including the police, the insurance company, the other party and any third-parties that may be involved.
Types of Injuries Common in Motorcycle Accidents
Every accident is different and therefore produces injuries of different types and of varying severity. Further, some collisions may result in causing a single condition, but most accidents result in some combination of injuries. Common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Whiplash – Whiplash injuries are perhaps the most common of all injuries caused by vehicular accidents. Regardless of whether you were in a car, truck, bus, or motorcycle accident whiplash injuries are common. Whiplash occurs when there is an extremely rapid acceleration or deceleration. These extreme forces can cause shearing of muscle and never tissue in the brain resulting in headaches, confusion, neck pain, back pain, and trouble with focus.
- Burns – Due to the inherent nature of a motorcycle, burn injuries are much more common than in other vehicular accidents. Riders may suffer friction burns from the road or burn themselves on the bike’s exposed exhaust components during a crash.
- Fractured or broken bones – Motorcycle riders are also more likely to suffer fractured or broken bones. These injuries can be simple or compound. A simple fracture occurs when there is a break in the bone but the skin is not punctured. A compound fracture occurs when there is a break in the skin that allows air and foreign contaminates into the fracture site
- Traumatic Brain Injury – Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most troubling types of injury because damage to the brain can cause changes in personality and impair your ability to function independently. Brain injuries can cause problems in nearly any conceivable sphere of your life. They can impact cognitive skills, communication skills, social abilities, focus, and cause emotional disturbances.
These injuries represent only a few of the conditions that can be caused or aggravated by a motorcycle accident. However, the most important thing to remember after an accident is to seek treatment. Following an accident, many people try to forego treatment due to pride or they simply have not yet realized the extent of their injuries of pain. Allowing a medical professional to perform diagnostic tests can rule out the presence of any life-threatening conditions following a severe trauma. Further medial attention can identify any areas where you may need assistance or therapy. Undergoing corrective therapies early improves your chances of a full recovery and can sometimes help minimize the amount of pain and suffering you experience.
Let us Handle Your Bucks County Motorcycle Accident Litigation
Suffering a serious or catastrophic injury can throw your life and plans into complete disarray. However, working with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can be the first step in putting the pieces back together and making you whole. For a free and confidential accident consultation call The Reiff Law Firm today at (215) 246-9000 or contact us online.