The number of people who enjoy riding motorcycles has grown immensely over the past couple of decades. It is estimated that there are approximately 8.6 million registered motorcycles in the United States, more than double what there were just 20 years ago. Although riding can be an enjoyable pastime, it is also one of the most dangerous, with a high risk of accidents and an even higher risk of catastrophic injuries and death in those crashes.
Motorcycle accidents often occur due to a combination of factors, such as high speeds, lack of protective barriers, and the vulnerability of the motorcyclist. The resulting injuries can be devastating, affecting not only the physical well-being of the victims but also their emotional, financial, and social aspects of life.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
One of the most common catastrophic injuries in motorcycle accidents is traumatic brain injury (TBI). The head is particularly vulnerable in these accidents, and even with the use of helmets, the force of impact can cause severe brain damage. TBIs can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including cognitive impairments, memory loss, mood swings, and even permanent disabilities. Rehabilitation and long-term care may be necessary to manage the effects of a TBI.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are another frequent consequence of motorcycle accidents. The impact of the crash can cause fractures or damage to the vertebrae, leading to partial or complete paralysis. These injuries often result in a loss of sensation and motor function below the level of the injury, severely impacting the victim’s mobility and independence. Rehabilitation, adaptive devices, and ongoing medical care are typically required for individuals with spinal cord injuries.
Internal injuries are another common but dangerous result of crashes. The forceful impact can damage internal organs, resulting in internal bleeding, organ rupture, or other life-threatening complications. These injuries often require immediate medical intervention, including surgery, and can have long-term health consequences.
Severe fractures and limb injuries are frequent injuries sustained in motorcycle crashes. The lack of protection leaves riders susceptible to direct impact with other vehicles or the road surface. Fractures can range from simple breaks to complex compound fractures, requiring surgery, extensive rehabilitation, and potential long-term disability. Limb injuries can lead to amputations or permanent impairments, necessitating prosthetic devices and comprehensive physical therapy.
Contact a Joliet Injury Lawyer for Legal Assistance
The catastrophic injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents not only result in physical pain and suffering but also lead to emotional trauma and psychological distress for the victims and their families. The financial burden associated with medical bills, ongoing treatment, rehabilitation, and lost wages can be overwhelming.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a crash, call Schwartz Injury Law at 708-888-2160 to schedule a free consultation with one of our dedicated Cook County motorcycle accident attorneys.