The Most Common Motorcycle Collision InjuriesJanuary 2, 2015
In many ways, motorcycles are just like any other vehicle. However, as a result of a motorcycle’s size, design and lack of protection, motorcycle riders are exposed to a much higher risk of injury. Some of the most common types of injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents include the following:
- Head injury. While Maryland riders are required to wear helmets, head and neck injuries are still common. Such injuries can range anywhere from a concussion to a traumatic brain injury, characterized by headaches, coordination problems, loss of balance, dizziness and cognitive issues.
- Road rash. This type of injury happens when a motorcycle rider slides across the pavement after an accident. Road rash can be much more dangerous than it sounds, as it can lead to serious infection and nerve damage.
- Soft tissue damage. Soft tissue damage can occur anywhere in the body after a motorcycle accident, affecting the muscles, tendons and ligaments. This type of injury includes sprains, strains and whiplash.
- Spinal injuries. Motorcycle accidents can cause trauma to the spine, leading to tingling, numbness and even paralysis. Paralysis may be localized, affecting only one region of the body, or generalized, affecting the entire body.
- Broken bones. Arm and leg fractures are common after a motorcycle accident, as riders tend to use their limbs to try to brace themselves during a fall. If severe bleeding after a fracture is left unattended, it can be life-threatening.
If you or someone you know has recently been injured in an accident caused by a driver’s negligence, it may be possible to receive compensation. Contact the Maryland motorcycle accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. right away to learn about your options.