Although there are fewer motorcycle riders on the road than drivers, they are at greater risk for injury because they lack the protection that drivers have. Crashes involving motorcycles and other vehicles account for 56 percent of motorcycle accident deaths.
- Head/brain injuries: Brain injury from a motorcycle accident is a leading cause of accident-related fatality. Non-fatal brain injuries can leave the victim with permanent changes to their physical and mental abilities. Treatment and rehabilitation for this type of injury is expensive and can leave you with high medical bills.
- Muscle/soft tissue damage: Trauma can cause tears in ligaments, tendons and muscles. Muscle damage from a motorcycle collision can be permanent and may seriously affect the quality of life. An accident can also cause severe injury and sometimes do damage to the eardrum.
- Fractures: If you collide with another vehicle or get thrown from your bike, this can easily result in broken bones in many parts of your body. Hip fractures and facial fractures are the most common forms of this type of injury.
- Road rash: This injury occurs when a motorcycle rider slides or is dragged across the road, sometimes causing clothing to be scraped away. If the rider is not wearing protective clothing, the injury may cause severe damage to the skin. This can also lead to more serious damage, such as skin infections, irritation and surface nerve damage.
- Leg, knee and foot injuries: Although these types of injuries may not have a fatal outcome, however, these injuries can lead to permanent disability. In addition to broken bones, these parts of the body can suffer severe bruising, large cuts and road rash.
- Biker’s arm: This happens when a rider’s bike lands on his or her arm. A rider may suffer permanent nerve damage or loss of some or all limb function due to the force created in this type of injury.
A serious motorcycle accident can leave you and your family with overwhelming medical expenses. It can also mean that you are unable to work now and possibly in the future. If you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle collision and you feel that the other driver was at fault, you should contact a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. At Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC, we have the knowledge and the experience to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at (312) 644-0444 for a free, no-obligation consultation.