Of all drivers on Maryland’s roads, motorcyclists are the most at-risk of suffering severe injuries in the event of an accident. While the most cautious motorcyclists wear complete protective gear and helmets and ride as safely as possible, they are still less protected than the drivers of passenger vehicles and big rigs.
During a crash, a motorcyclist may be directly hit by a vehicle or be thrown at full speed into the ground or another hazard. Should this happen, he or she can easily suffer major trauma. But what motorcycle crash injuries commonly occur?
- Brain Trauma: Even when wearing a helmet, a victim may suffer brain damage by having his or her head struck against the road or struck by a vehicle.
- Road Rash: Most commonly occurring in victims who do not have their bodies completely covered, this is a deep skin friction burn. Motorcyclists who fall on and slide across asphalt could have large portions of their skin severely scraped and torn by the road.
- Broken Bones: Motorcyclists can easily suffer multiple broken and fractured bones in a crash as their bodies are not cushioned at all by safety devices.
- Spinal Cord Damage: Should a motorcyclist’s spine be directly hit by a vehicle, he or she can easily suffer spinal cord damage. This is also possible if the spinal cord is compressed, stretched, or twisted in an unnatural manner, which can easily happen in the course of an accident.
- Paralysis: Damage to the brain or spinal cord can result in paralysis, but the impact of the crash on individual body parts can also damage nerves to the point of causing individual limb paralysis, as well.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash due to the actions of another party, the St. Mary’s County motorcyclist injury lawyers at Alpert Schreyer can help you find the compensation needed and deserved for recovery. Call our offices at (844) 632-7274 for a free case evaluation on your case by our skilled legal team.