When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, they don’t have the benefit of being protected by a steel frame, airbags, and other safety features. Motorcyclists are vulnerable on the road and can easily become the victims of serious injury if they are involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. When a motorcycle is involved in an accident, there are some common injuries that can result, including:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Under New York law, all motorcyclists are required to wear a helmet that meets federal safety standards. A failure to wear a properly fitted helmet will most certainly lead to a traumatic brain injury if you are involved in an accident. However, while a helmet will prevent or decrease the severity of many head injuries, you can still suffer a traumatic brain injury if you are wearing a helmet. Concussions are the most common form of TBI sustained in a motorcycle accident, but other injuries such as skull fractures and bleeding on the brain are also common.
The momentum caused by a collision can lead to the severe impact of a motorcyclist on the pavement. This impact can lead to serious bone fractures such as leg, arm, rib, and collarbone. Leg fractures are the most common type of bone breaks sustained in a motorcycle accident. This is because frequently, the motorcycle will fall over on top of the rider and cause a fracture.
Spinal Cord Injury
When the spinal cord is injured due to the impact of a crash, it can result in paralysis in the form of paraplegia or quadriplegia. These injuries are catastrophic and can cause life-long issues for the victim.
The blunt force trauma of a motorcycle accident can lead to damage to the internal organs. In addition, there can be a penetration injury where something sharp like glass or debris penetrates the body and damages the organs.
Contact a New York Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you want an experienced accident attorney on your side. For over 50 years, the attorneys at Bonina & Bonina, P.C., have been helping injured New Yorkers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.