Even motorcyclists who wear helmets and protective gear can still sustain serious injuries in an accident. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries include burn injuries, broken bones, and road rash, but bikers can suffer many other conditions from a collision.
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle crash caused by another person, you’ll need an attorney who knows how to get the compensation you need to treat your condition. A Zanes Law, we’re familiar with all the injuries one can sustain in an accident.
Let’s learn more about the injuries you might be dealing with and how to get the damages you need to recover from them.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries You Can File a Claim for
Since motorcyclists don’t have the metal walls of a car to protect them, getting in an accident can lead to a number of severe injuries, all of which require medical attention. If you’ve been hit by a car or another motorcycle while riding, you could be facing expensive medical bills for any of the following conditions:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck injury
- Facial fractures and disfigurement
- Broken bones
- Internal complications
- Organ damage
- Road rash
These injuries can be incredibly painful, expensive to treat, and may even lead to permanent conditions that stop you from working and earning a living. Fortunately, an experienced attorney will know what it takes to get you compensated for one of the abovementioned motorcycle accident injuries.
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Head Trauma Is the Most Common Motorcycle Injury
According to a study of 4,200 motorcycle accident victims, head injury was by far the most common outcome. That being said, head injury is an umbrella term that can refer to several different types of trauma.
If you’ve suffered a head injury in a bike crash, it’s important to hire a lawyer who is familiar with the following types of head trauma:
If you’ve been diagnosed with one of the above-mentioned conditions, you’ll likely have to cover thousands of dollars worth of diagnostic testing, treatment, surgery, and ongoing medical care bills. You shouldn’t have to foot the bill for injuries caused by another driver. Contact an attorney today to pursue an insurance settlement.
Take Road Rash Seriously
Road rash refers to an area of the body where skin has been scraped off after coming into contact with a paved surface. Some forms of road rash may improve with at-home treatment, but others require medical attention.
Road rash is also an exceedingly common injury among motorcycle collision victims. The problem is many accident victims mistake it for scrapes or cuts. When road rash is overlooked, it can lead to serious health issues, such as irritation, infection, and even nerve damage.
If you’ve suffered a friction injury that you believe to be a minor scrape, it’s best to play it safe and see a doctor. A physician can determine whether you need more intensive medical care. Once a doctor has treated you, make sure you contact an attorney. They can file a claim to get your road rash medical bills reimbursed.
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Fatal Motorcycle Accident Injuries
According to the National Safety Council, motorcycle collisions account for 14% of all fatal traffic accidents nationwide. Motorcycle fatalities also increased by 11% from 2019 to 2020. If you ride a motorcycle, brushing up on safety tips and always wearing a helmet can help you avoid serious injuries and death.
Sadly, taking protective measures can only help so much. We offer our deepest condolences if someone close to you has passed away in a motorcycle crash. Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be extremely challenging, but a successful wrongful death lawsuit can give you the financial breathing room you need to deal with your loss.
A wrongful death attorney can pursue compensation for the following losses:
- Inherited medical bills
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of services
- Mental anguish
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of consortium
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How to Stay Safe while Riding a Motorcycle
Serious and life-threatening accidents can upend your life in the blink of an eye. If you ride a bike on a regular basis, it’s important to practice motorcycle safety. There are a few measures you can take to prevent serious and fatal motorcycle accident injuries, such as:
- Wear protective gear, including a helmet
- Inspect your motorcycle before riding
- Obey traffic laws
- Wear reflective clothing
- Avoid riding in inclement weather
- Be observant of your surroundings and other vehicles
- Don’t tailgate
- Take a motorcycle safety course
Taking these simple safety measures can greatly reduce your risk of injury. That said, no matter how safe you are, crossing paths with a reckless driver can still lead to a collision. If you’ve been injured in a crash caused by a negligent driver, reach out to an attorney today.
Don’t Wait to Seek Legal Counsel
If you’re dealing with a painful and debilitating auto accident injury, you might decide to wait until you recover to take legal action. Waiting to hire a lawyer is highly inadvisable, as some cases may be subject to Arizona’s statute of limitations.
If you need to file a lawsuit to receive compensation, you’ll have to comply with ARS § 12-542. According to the statute, all motorcycle accident lawsuits must be filed within two years of the collision date. Failure to abide by the statute could leave you without compensation. Contact an attorney ASAP to get your suit filed before the deadline.
Contact a Motorcycle Attorney from Zanes Law
At Zanes Law, our attorneys are familiar with all of the common motorcycle accident injuries. They’ll be able to assess your losses and pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, decreased earning ability, motorcycle repair costs, pain and suffering, and mental distress.
We’ll work hard to get the money you need to return your financial, physical, and mental well-being to the way it was before your collision. Contact our team today to schedule a free consultation and find out if you’re eligible to file a claim.