Motorcycle Injuries in Houston, TX
Most motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcycle operator. Sadly, however, motorcyclists are the ones who pay the highest price for another individual's errors. According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while motorcycles only represent 3% of registered vehicles in the U.S., motorcyclists accounted for 13% of traffic fatalities in 2007. In Texas, 375 motorcyclists died after being involved in an accident.
Approximately 80% of motorcycle crashes injure or kill a motorcycle rider, compared with 20% of passenger car crashes. If you have recently been victimized in a preventable motorcycle crash, then you are likely well aware of the stress that can accompany this accident. Due to the speed and lack of natural protection, motorcycle accidents can actually be the cause of some of the most harrowing types of accidents and can cause injuries that are painful and debilitating. If you have recently become a victim, it is in your best interests to secure the experienced representation that you need to help you obtain the maximum monetary compensation that you deserve.
Understanding the Different Types of Motorcycle Injuries
There are many different types of injuries that can be sustained in a motorcycle accident. These can range from mild to severe to even fatal; one thing that remains the same, however, is that if you didn't cause the accident, you shouldn't be forced to pay the price. At our firm, we are prepared to help our clients who have suffered from a wide variety of injuries.
Some of the most common injuries obtained from motorcycle accidents include:
- Brain Injuries - Due to the critical role that the brain plays in the everyday functioning of a person, even the most minor of injuries to the organ can cause serious, debilitating consequences. A brain injury could range from a contusion to a concussion, but rarely is it a cheap injury to receive treatment for.
- Spine Injuries - No matter whether the injury involves fractures to the vertebra, slipped discs, or a crushing injury, should damage be done to the spinal cord, the victim could suffer from the consequences for the rest of their life.
- Road Rash - This occurs when a person is ejected from the bike and thrown across the ground; the friction between the pavement and the victim can cause skin layers to be rubbed away—resulting in serious damage.
- Fractures - Bones are the structure that make up the human body, but they are also some of the most vulnerable parts. Should they be placed in the wrong positioning or should the wrong amount of pressure be applied, they can break. This is painful and can be inconvenient during the healing process.
- Loss of Limb - An accidental amputation is not only a painful injury, it is also an emotionally stressful one. It can be difficult for a person to hear that they have lost a limb, not to say anything about the logistics about moving forward.
- Paralysis - This is an injury that can leave the victim crippled for the rest of their life—with ever-mounting medical bills and a serious need for legal assistance in receiving comprehensive monetary compensation.
Road Rash: About the Injury, Treatment & More
One of the most common forms of injury is that which affects the most exposed area of the body: the skin. While motorcycle safety tips often mention wearing full body coverage, many motorcyclists choose to ignore this in lieu of a more comfortable and loose choice in clothing. This, unfortunately, leaves them vulnerable to sustaining road rash.
Road rash is typically caused by abrasion with the road and can affect the health of the bone. When an accident occurs, the motorcyclist is often ejected from their bike and is thrown across the pavement. This motion can cause significant friction - which can, in turn, cause layers of the skin to rub off. Depending on the speed, the angle of the throw and the amount of protection that the rider has on, this can even expose the bone.
Treatment for road rash is simple and usually involves cleaning the area with either mild soap or an antiseptic wash. It also usually requires that the area is covered and left to rest. In some cases, the road rash is so bad that it is considered a third-degree road rash and requires a trip to the emergency room. This could mean that antibiotics, dressings and pain medication are used in conjunction to help.
Protecting the Victims of Motorcycle Accidents
At Arnold & Itkin, we have proven we are successful advocate for the rights of victims; we are prepared to go the distance in our efforts to protect the best interests of our clients. If you would like to learn more about how we can help, do not hesitate to give us a call today! The sooner that your get our involvement, the faster that we will be able to help come up with the best course of action. You simply cannot afford to wait—so don't, call us today!.
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