It’s National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and ER Injury Attorneys is highlighting some of the most pressing issues that affect Las Vegas motorcyclists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are nearly 5,000 fatal motorcycle accidents every year in the United States. On top of that, over 80,000 crashes a year result in motorcyclist injuries. In this blog, our personal injury attorneys break down the most common motorcycle accident injuries and explain the legal options for injured riders after a crash.
#5: Neck and Spine Injuries
Injuries to the neck and spinal column are fairly common in motorcycle accidents. The severity of the injury may range considerably, from a sore neck that resolves within days to life-threatening paralysis. Motorcycle riders or their passengers may also sustain herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, or soft tissue damage to the muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments of the neck and shoulders.
Even whiplash can be debilitating, resulting in persistent pain, poor balance, vertigo, and dizziness. Neck and spine injuries may require physical therapy or surgical intervention.
#4: Head Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Head injuries are prevalent in car crashes involving a motorcyclist. While wearing a properly-fitted helmet can reduce the risk and severity of head injuries, they cannot stop head injuries altogether. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accident fatalities. Even when they don’t result in death, TBIs can lead to a host of lifelong physical and emotional disabilities. In addition to TBIs, motorcycle riders may also suffer injuries to the face, including road rash and lacerations, which can lead to permanent scarring or nerve damage.
The thorax, often referred to as the chest, is also vulnerable to injury in motorcycle accidents. Both external and internal thoracic injuries can prove serious or even fatal. Broken ribs, collapsed, punctured, or bruised lungs, or a torn aorta are possible consequences of this kind of trauma. Broken ribs can also cause other internal injuries to the abdomen, including damage to the kidneys, spleen, or liver.
#2: Upper Extremity Injuries
The upper extremities include the shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands. Upper extremity injuries are some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries in Las Vegas. Wearing safety gear like a motorcycle jacket may help protect you from some abrasions and lacerations to the arms, but many other injury risks are still present.
Common upper extremity injuries include fractures of the forearm, hands, and humerus, along with shoulder dislocations. Although upper extremity injuries are generally less likely to be life-threatening, treatment may require surgery or rehabilitation and result in possible loss of function.
#1: Lower Extremity Injuries
The most common motorcycle accident injuries often involve the lower extremities, which include the hips, legs, and feet. Fractures of the tibia and fibula (the bones in the lower leg) are the most prevalent, followed by pelvic injuries, injuries to the knee, femur fractures, broken ankles, and foot injuries.
Severe lower extremity injuries can be particularly debilitating, require extensive physical therapy, and result in chronic pain.
Legal Options After a Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident
After an accident, your first priority should always be taking care of your health and wellbeing. But when someone else’s negligence is responsible for your injuries—whether that be the driver of another car, truck, or motorcycle—it’s crucial that you understand your legal right to compensation.
You may be dealing with a lengthy hospital stay, multiple procedures or surgeries, and wondering how you’re going to pay for it all, especially if you can’t return to work. Filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s auto insurance is the first step, but it’s possible that what the car insurance company offers you is far less than what your case is worth. Some insurance companies may try to deny your claim altogether.
How ER Injury Attorneys Can Help
When insurance companies try to shortchange you, you need the assistance of a qualified Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney. The lawyers at ER Injury Attorneys have decades of experience negotiating fair settlements for personal injury victims both in and out of court. Our legal team is both compassionate and committed to securing the best possible outcomes for each and every client.
To find out more about filing a claim (and to claim your free, no obligation legal consultation), contact ER Injury Attorneys by calling 702-968-7500. For virtual assistance, get in touch with one of our LiveChat agents who are standing by. You can also request your complimentary case review online by filling out this form.