What are Common Injuries from Motorcycle Crashes?
Lafayette Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Explains Your Legal Options
Unlike most other vehicles, the design of a motorcycle offers very little protection to riders in the event of a crash. As a result, a motorcyclist may sustain severe personal injuries in any kind of accident. These injuries may include trauma to the head, spine or limbs, which could have serious, long-lasting effects on the rider’s life. If another vehicle, such as a car or truck, causes a crash with a motorcycle, then wrongful death may result. While a motorcyclist cannot always prevent accidents, especially if the negligence of another driver is to blame, you can take steps to minimize your risk when riding. Additionally, if you or a loved one is hurt in a motorcycle crash, you may be able to collect compensation from the at-fault party for your injuries and other damages.
At Galloway Jefcoat, LLP, our personal injury attorneys have been representing injured motorcyclists since 1996. A motorcycle accident lawyer from our law firm can investigate your crash to determine who is responsible and represent your insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit. We serve residents throughout Louisiana from our law offices in Lafayette and Lake Charles. If you have questions about motorcycle accidents and injuries, we can answer them in a free initial consultation.
What are the Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
Motorcycles lack airbags, protective shells and other safety features which protect drivers of other vehicles. Therefore, some of the most common personal injuries that result from motorcycle accidents include:
- Broken bones. Some of most common results of a non-fatal motorcycle crash are leg and foot injuries, often broken bones. Serious fractures may take months to fully heal or can cause lifelong disfigurement and/or disability.
- Lacerations. If a motorcyclist is thrown from a bike during a crash, he or she may sustain serious cuts and lacerations to any exposed body part. These are not only painful, but they may result in ongoing limitations such as muscle damage or even wrongful death from serious blood loss.
- Traumatic brain injury. The consequences of a brain injury may include paralysis, cognitive changes or limitations and wrongful death.
- Spinal cord injury. Trauma to the back or spine during a motorcycle crash can cause permanent paralysis.
- Wrongful death. The speed and force of a motorcycle crash caused by a negligent driver may result in the wrongful death of a rider. In these cases, you may be able to get justice for your loved one in a wrongful death claim.
What Can I Do to Avoid Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcycle vs. car accidents typically result from negligence on the part of the vehicle driver. Often, negligent drivers fail to check for oncoming motorcyclists or may violate a rider’s right of way. Therefore, it is not always possible to prevent a crash while riding. However, you can take steps to reduce your risk of serious personal injuries. These safety measures include:
- Wear a helmet. Louisiana’s universal motorcycle helmet law requires all riders to wear head protection at all times.
- Wear protective gear. Your head is not the only body part that is vulnerable in a motorcycle wreck. Sturdy boots, gloves and a durable jacket as well as sturdy pants can protect you from serious scrapes and lacerations. Bright colors can also help ensure that other drivers see you.
- Drive defensively. Avoid riding in other motorists’ blind spots and stay alert for cars and truck drivers who may not notice you. You should also leave a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you in case of an emergency stop.
- Avoid bad weather. Rain and snow can make roads difficult to navigate on just two wheels. Additionally, poor weather makes it harder for other motorists to see a rider, which can cause more motorcycle accidents.
Hurt in a Motorcycle Crash? Contact a Lafayette Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If a negligent driver caused your crash, a motorcycle accident lawyer from our law firm can help you seek compensation for your personal injuries and other damages. We have a record of success with motorcycle accident claims. Past clients include residents across Calcasieu Parish, Sulphur and the surrounding areas. Contact our offices in Lafayette or Lake Charles to schedule your free initial consultation today.