Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries: How Should You Be Compensated?

Motorcycle after collision
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018 motorcyclists were 28 times more likely to be fatally injured in a crash than drivers and passengers in other types of vehicles. At Thomas, Conrad & Conrad Law Offices, our attorneys have seen firsthand how serious injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can impact victims’ lives and are committed to helping you recover maximum compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.

Most Likely Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Head Injuries — One of the most common types of injuries sustained by motorcyclists, head trauma can cause skull fractures, concussions, traumatic brain injuries and death.

Spine and Neck Injuries — Injuries such as cracked vertebrae, herniated disks and paralysis can require lifelong medical treatment.

Road Rash — Motorcyclists often suffer injury to the skin on the arms, legs, shoulders, hips and face, caused by abrasion with road surfaces, gravel and debris.

Biker’s Arm — Many bikers use their arms to try and protect themselves, which can result in severe nerve damage and paralysis of the arms.

Burns — Parts of your body may come into contact with extremely hot components of your bike, such as the engine and exhaust pipe, and result in severe second- and third-degree burns.

Soft Tissue Injuries — Sprains, strains and other soft tissue injuries can cause serious damage to muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Broken Bones — Impact with a moving vehicle, roadway or other object can cause broken bones. When limbs are irreparably damaged, amputation may be necessary.

Internal Injuries — Punctured lungs, ruptured spleen, bruised kidneys and other internal injuries may occur when a motorcyclist is thrown from their bike.

Recovering Compensation For Your Injuries

These types of catastrophic injuries often require costly medical treatment such as hospital stays, multiple surgeries, physical therapy and ongoing home care. That’s why it’s vital to seek the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney who is well-versed in recovering maximum compensation in motorcycle accident cases.

There are several types of damages that may be awarded in motorcycle accident claims. Generally, compensatory damages like medical bills, lost income and property damage are easy to put a monetary value on, but damages such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship or consortium, and emotional distress are more challenging to determine.

Each case is unique, and many different factors are taken into account when determining compensation amounts, including issues of liability, the severity of your injuries and settlement value vs. trial value. For example, wearing proper protective gear such as a helmet, boots, gloves and pants can not only protect you from being seriously injured, it can actually affect the amount of compensation you receive. Failing to wear a helmet can allow the insurance company to argue that your injuries could have been prevented. A skilled personal injury attorney will look at all aspects of the accident and your injuries to determine the most effective course of action to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Contact An Attorney To Seek Compensation For Your Injuries

Our motorcycle accident attorneys will help you understand your rights and protect your interests to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Call Thomas, Conrad & Conrad Law Offices at 610-867-2900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.


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