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Five Common Motorcycle Crash Injuries

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California has one of the highest daily hospital costs in the country. As a result, the average injury-related hospital bill in the Golden State often exceeds $100,000. The injuries motorcycle riders often sustain vary in terms of severity. But these injuries always require extensive treatment and long recovery. Even then, these injuries are usually permanent, at least to an extent.

A San Jose motorcycle accident attorney obtains the money these victims need to pay these medical bills and replace other economic losses, such as property damage and lost wages. Additionally, these victims are usually entitled to compensation for their noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium (companionship), emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment in life.

Head Injury

Motorcycle helmets do not prevent all head injuries. Helmets usually don’t protect the forehead or neck.

Furthermore, the motion of a crash, as opposed to a trauma impact, often causes a head injury. Essentially, the skull is like a water tank. It suspends the brain in cerebrospinal fluid. So, when people fall, their brains smash against the insides of their skulls.

At extremely low levels, such action stimulates brain activity. Pacing or walking help some people think. At higher levels, like a fall off a motorcycle, the effects can be deadly.

Internal Bleeding

Collision-related head injuries are often difficult to diagnose. Many doctors assume the victim is in shock from the accident. Likewise, internal injuries are hard to diagnose as well. Emergency responders are understandably so preoccupied with external trauma injuries that they may overlook internal injuries.

The same forces which propel the brain into the skull also cause internal organs to bump and grind against each other. These organs have no protective skin layers. So, this motion often causes profuse bleeding.

Broken Bones

Unlike head injuries and internal bleeding, broken bones normally aren’t life threatening. However, these injuries are usually permanent. These victims sustain such serious broken bones that doctors typically use metal parts, like screws or pins, to set them. As a result, these victims often must undergo long term physical therapy. Even then, some permanent lost function is usually inevitable.

Biker’s Arm

When people fall, they naturally extend their arms to break their falls. If the fall is a stumble on the sidewalk, this reaction sometimes prevents serious injury. If the fall is off a motorcycle, this reaction often causes serious injury. The nerves in the brachial plexus area snap and cause permanent paralysis.

Road Burns

After these victims fall, they usually roll on the pavement. That secondary injury usually causes a serious road burn. Once again, these wounds are usually not life threatening. But they are also medically incurable. Rest is the only treatment. Until the road burns heal, which could be several weeks, the victim is essentially immobile. Road burns are also among the most painful motorcycle wreck injuries.

Reach Out to a Dedicated Santa Clara County Lawyer

There are only two types of motorcycle riders: Those who have gone down, and those who will go down. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in San Jose, contact Solution Now Law Firm. We routinely handle matters throughout the Bay Area.

Resource:

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3217554/

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