Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Indianapolis

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A motorcycle might be a fun ride, but riders are at high risk of motorcycle accidents. Every time a rider gets on the road, they expose themselves to several road hazards and negligent drivers who might cause a crash. What’s worse, motorcycles have no covering like cars to shield a rider or passenger from injuries or death.

No wonder over 5,000 motorcycle riders died in accidents in 2019. Those fortunate enough to survive a motorcycle collision suffer different types and degrees of injuries. This article looks at some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries in Indianapolis. Contact our Indianapolis motorcycle accident lawyers Stewart|Phelps|Wood Injury Lawyers for information on the legal options available to a motorcycle crash victim.

What Are the Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries in Indianapolis?

The Indiana State Police constantly advise motorcycle riders and vehicle drivers to practice safety on the roadway. However, despite the safety tips shared by the law enforcement agency, accidents still happen. Sometimes, due to the motorcycle rider’s fault, and at other times, due to external factors.

Irrespective of the cause of the accident, a person involved in a motorcycle accident would suffer one or more of the injuries discussed below.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A motorcycle rider sustains this injury when there’s significant trauma to the brain. For example, a motorcyclist can suffer a TBI when their head strikes a hard surface forcefully, when the head is shaken back and forth forcefully, or when the skull suffers a puncture wound. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends wearing helmets to prevent this injury.

However, a person wearing a helmet might still suffer a TBI if the headgear is not sturdy enough to withstand the crash’s impact. This is why the NHTSA recommends that motorcyclists wear helmets with the U.S. Department of Transportation sticker. Furthermore, a person with a TBI requires immediate medical attention to prevent long-term brain damage.

Road Rash 

Also known as a road burn, this injury occurs when the skin is dragged along the roadway. It is common when the bike skids with the motorcyclist on top before resting. It is also common in auto-motorcycle collisions when the motorcyclist is trapped beneath a car before it stops. Road rash occurs on any part of the body but is more consistent with the arms, legs, or back.

While road rash is not fatal, it is incredibly painful, and the victim may need a skin graft. In other instances, a severe road burn could result in permanent scarring. As such, it is crucial to treat road rash immediately after a motorcycle accident. You can treat minor road burns using disinfectant lotion, bandages, and antibiotics. But it is best to see a doctor to rule out internal injury.

Fractures/Broken Bones 

Auto-motorcycle collisions often eject the motorcyclist from the bike onto the roadway. When the motorcycle rider hits the ground, the part of the body struck absorbs the force of the fall. If the force is too much for the body to take, it might cause a bone break or fracture. Broken bones in motorcycle accidents are more common in the limbs. Wearing protective clothing and ankle-length boots helps to minimize fall impacts.

Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)

The spinal cord is one of the most sensitive and important parts of the human body. Trauma to the back when the rider hits the ground could cause the bones and discs in the spinal column to shatter or get displaced. Urgent medical care is needed to avoid the long-lasting effects of a spinal cord injury. However, despite getting immediate medical attention, a motorcyclist who suffers an SCI might still end up totally or partially disabled. This largely depends on the injury severity and spinal location.

Internal Injuries 

A motorcycle accident may result in internal injuries, that is, organ damage. It could also cause internal bleeding if a blood vessel is punctured, but there is no outward injury. Internal injury symptoms do not manifest immediately. So, it’s possible to treat physical injuries and neglect internal bleeding. This is dangerous as an undetected internal wound is life-threatening. Thus, ensure you request X-ray imaging of your body after a crash if you are coherent enough to do so.

Let Expert Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Help You!

Indiana law allows accident victims to get compensation from the at-fault party. So if you did not cause the motorcycle collision, you could recover damages from the person who did. At Stewart|Phelps|Wood Injury Lawyers, our legal team will fight on your behalf to get you what you deserve. We work on a contingency fee basis and will demand no upfront fee. So call today to schedule a free case review.

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