Any motorcyclist will tell you that riding a motorcycle is not only an efficient way to get from place to place, but it’s also an exhilarating activity.
With this sense of freedom, unfortunately, comes risk. With little in the way between your body and another car, motorcyclists often suffer severe injuries when involved in a motorbike crash.
Here are some of the most common injuries from motorcycle accidents we see in our practice.
Common Injuries Occurring in Motorcycle Accidents
The eight most common motorcycle injuries include the following:
- Road rash—Road rash is a most common injury because it happens in nearly every crash. Road rash refers to a type of trauma occurring when a motorcyclist slides across the concrete or asphalt, stripping away various layers of skin. In some situations of road rash, the road scraped the skin down to the bone, creating a severe leg injury or permanent scarring.
- Rider’s arm—When falling off a motorcycle, motorcyclists may land on their upper arms with their total weight or have their bike flip on top of them. The side effects of this injury result in severe nerve damage that causes reduced mobility or even paralysis.
- Head and brain injuries—Although motorcycle helmets significantly reduce the risk of head injury and a fatal injury, many riders still suffer from head and brain trauma after an accident. Common head and brain injuries include skull fractures, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries. This severe type of crash injury often results in damage that alters one’s way of life with long-term physical, cognitive, and behavioral impairment.
- Back and spinal cord injuries—When a rider suffers trauma to the spinal cord, devastating injuries usually result. Spinal cord injuries include torn ligaments, displaced vertebrae, herniated discs, and spinal cord damage. More severe injuries include temporary or permanent paralysis.
- Broken bones and amputations—Motorcyclists involved in accidents with speeding cars may suffer broken or crushed bones. These injuries often require extensive surgery and, in some cases, reconstruction. Amputations may also be necessary for more serious situations.
- Facial injuries—Although helmets protect a rider’s face, face and mouth injuries also commonly occur. Victims may suffer broken facial bones, missing teeth, vision loss, and other eye damage. These injuries affecting the face may result in a permanent change in appearance, causing psychological and emotional side effects.
- Chest injuries—Those landing on their chest after a motorcycle crash may suffer from chest injuries, including broken ribs, collapsed lungs, internal bleeding, and organ damage.
- Psychological injuries—Suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident is a traumatic experience. Many injured victims struggle with psychological injuries, including anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and clinical depression.
If you suffered any of these injuries, Texas law gives you the right to recover compensation from the liable party.
These severe injuries cause mounting financial stress while attempting to recover from your injuries.
We Know Texas Motorcycle Law – Contact a Top Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
The team at The Zimmerman Law Firm, P.C., has been fighting for central Texans’ rights since 1962.
With over 85 years of combined legal experience, our legal team has successfully represented thousands of Texans in personal injury and wrongful death matters.
Our attorneys know that preparing every serious injury or wrongful death case as if it will go to trial gives you the best chance for a favorable result—even when a settlement is reached.
We are committed to improving the lives of those in our communities and pride ourselves on helping injured victims recover from their injuries.
Contact The Zimmerman Law Firm today for a free case review to find out how we can help you.