Motorcycle Accidents Lawyer in Conway, SC
Motorcycle accidents tend to be more severe than some other car wrecks and personal injury cases. Why? Motorcyclists and riders on mopeds are more exposed and therefore more vulnerable than any other type of driver on the roads.
Because there is no protective barrier such as in a car, accidents involving a motorcycle tend to result in more severe injuries for the motorcyclist and a higher rate of fatalities.
To compound the problem, there is always the danger that jurors will blame the motorcyclist solely because they were riding a motorcycle even when the blame lies with the negligent driver who should have been more vigilant. The truth is that motorcycle accidents are not always preventable by the rider, the at-fault driver is liable for all damages that were the consequence of their negligence, and you should not settle for anything less than full and fair compensation from the at-fault driver and their insurance company.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries and Compensation
Full compensation for a motorcyclist’s injuries caused by a negligent driver may include extensive medical treatment, hospital stays, surgeries, rehabilitation, and, in some cases, long-term care.
The injured rider may lose their income during their recovery. Fatalities are far more common in motorcycle crashes and, when this happens, the surviving family may bring a wrongful death action to hold the negligent driver accountable and to recover full financial compensation for their loss.
One of the more serious injuries that a motorcyclist can suffer is traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI can result from a motorcycle crash even if the rider is wearing a helmet; however, wearing a helmet does decrease the chance of TBI. TBI can result when an object forcefully strikes the head or when the skull is punctured by an object.
TBI has long-lasting effects that may last for the rest of the injured person’s life, including a decrease in cognitive and physical abilities and emotional upheaval. Full and fair compensation following a TBI must take into consideration future care, treatment, and surgeries that the accident victim may need over their lifetime.
Other injuries that are common in motorcycle crashes include:
Road rash. When a motorcyclist is knocked from their bike and slides on a paved road, the skin can literally be ripped from their bodies wherever their body touches the pavement. It is extremely painful, may require surgery and skin grafts, and may result in permanent scars.
Internal injuries. The sheer force of an impact in a motorcycle crash can cause internal organs to be damaged or punctured by objects, which often leads to internal bleeding.
Spinal cord injuries. The spinal cord is a delicate and critical part of the human anatomy. When it is damaged, it can require multiple costly surgeries, and it can result in full or partial paralysis that the accident victim must live with for the rest of their life.
Broken bones. The severity of an impact on a motorcyclist’s body often results in broken bones and sometimes multiple fractures. Broken ribs are common and may in turn pierce internal organs leading to further damage.
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If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, we are on your side. Contact Johnny Gardner Law today to find out how we can help.