Motorcyclists have little protection during collisions with large motor vehicles, as bikes lack seatbelts, airbags, steel frames, and crunch zones. When somebody hits a rider, or a bike strikes something else, the motorcyclist is exposed to the full impact of the collision. Often, given the speed and weight of the vehicles involved, motorcycle accidents result in significant and severe injuries. Manchester motorcycle riders should be aware of the range of injuries that may occur in the event of an accident.
Common Motorcycle Injuries
Common injuries that can result from motorcycle accidents are broken bones, road rash, brain injuries, bruising, whiplash, muscle strains, orbital injuries, and other injuries to the face. There have been cases with significant fractures, possibly requiring amputation, or even crush injuries that require significant surgeries and lengthy recoveries.
In treating motorcycle accident injuries, doctors will first do triage to stabilize the patient and make sure that they stop bleeding. At that point, they will make assessments as to the necessary level of care. If surgery is required, they will bring the patient into the surgery room, perform the operation, and then put them into rehabilitation, depending on the nature of the surgery.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a non-regenerative, non-congenital insult to the brain from an external force. It usually results from a violent blow to the head, or the brain shaking about in the skull, causing bruising. These injuries can possibly lead to temporary or permanent impairment of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functions with a diminished or altered state of consciousness.
A TBI can occur when the head collides with something hard, such as a road, bike, car, or tree. It could also result from whiplash from the neck. The brain is the most complex organ in the body, controlling all neurological functioning and other organs, but it is very fragile. A surgeon cannot operate on the brain the same way they can operate on a bone, and medicine does not work as well. This makes TBIs some of the most serious injuries seen in Manchester motorcycle accident cases.
Broken Bones and Skin Grafts
Broken bones can occur several ways, one of which is the rider colliding with an object. Broken bones can be very serious and can require rods or pins to heal properly. Sometimes fractures can result in loss-of-use, require revision surgery, or lead to arthritis.
One of the injuries that attorneys often see, especially in the nice spring and summer weather, is road rash, where somebody may be wearing shorts or jeans and is knocked down on their bike. This can cause injuries that, if serious enough, sometimes require skin grafts.
Manchester Attorneys Are Ready to Help After an Injury in a Motorcycle Crash
No matter the injury, personal injury lawyers are standing by to assist motorcycle accident victims. The medical costs in some cases can be substantial, and the faulty party may be held liable for damages. If you have suffered motorcycle accident injuries in Manchester, call now to see if an attorney can fight for your case in court.