statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
an estimated 93,000 people were injured in
motorcycle accidents during 2012. Motorcyclists are arguably the most vulnerable motorists
on the road, as their vehicles are inherently more difficult to see than
larger cars and trucks and provide riders with little protection in the
way of safety features. In addition, motorcyclists can easily be thrown
from their vehicles and sustain serious injuries when they come into contact
with ground or other vehicles or objects.
Individuals who are injured in motorcycle accidents that are caused by
the negligence of other drivers can often recover for their injuries and
other losses by filing a legal claim. Among the damages available in many
motorcycle accident cases include compensation for medical expenses, lost
income, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, and property damage.
In most cases, victims who retain legal representation obtain greater recovery
than those who choose to represent themselves, so anyone who has been
involved in an accident should call a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon
as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys,
call Goldstein & Hayes today at (404) 869-8600.
While motorcycle accidents are capable of causing an extremely wide variety
of injuries, some are much more common than others. Below is some information
about the more common injuries that motorcyclists sustain when they are
involved in accidents with motor vehicles.
Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries, which are also referred to as “TBIs,” occur when a jolt or
blow to a person’s head results in a disruption of normal brain
function. The most common form a TBI is mild concussion, which while often
self-resolving, can still cause serious medical issues and other complications.
In more serious cases, a motorcyclist that sustains a traumatic brain
injury may develop cognitive or physical injuries that may prevent him
or her from working or living independently.
Spinal cord injuries – Spinal cord injuries, or SCIs, are among the most serious type of injury
that a person can sustain. Because the spinal cord is responsible for
carrying messages between the brain and the rest of the body, an injury
to the spinal cord can result in serious medical issues including paralysis
and loss of sensation. Because of the tremendous forces that are often
involved in motorcycle accidents, spinal cords injuries are a very real
risk for people who choose to ride.
Bone fractures – While broken bones do not initially seem as severe as the injuries listed
above, they can nonetheless cause serious medical issues and require intensive
medical care. In some situations, a broken bone may be so severe as to
require expensive surgery to correct and may leave unsightly scarring.
In addition, broken bones often take months to heal and may result in
significant physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Soft tissue injuries and “road rash” – Soft tissue injuries are injuries to the tendons, ligaments, skin, muscles,
or other soft tissues in the body. While many people may think that these
kinds of injuries are generally not serious, they can cause significant
pain and other medical complications.
These are just a few of the injuries that motorcycle accident victims can
sustain. In many cases, victims will be able to obtain a significant settlement
or award from the responsible party or parties. Call Goldstein & Hayes
today to schedule a free consultation with one of our
personal injury attorneys in Atlanta, GA.