Serious Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Serious Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents

Written by Malman Law, reviewed by Steve J. Malman.

If you suffered a serious injury in a motorcycle crash, you will likely need extensive medical care and experience lasting symptoms. It is important to get legal help so you can seek the compensation you deserve for your losses. 

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, motorcycle accidents accounted for less than one percent of all crashes in 2018, the latest year the department has statistics. However, motorcycle fatalities accounted for 11.5 percent of all fatalities in that same year. In addition, motorcycle crashes resulted in injuries to 2,266 people at least. While many people believe that motorcycle safety on the roads is improving, these accidents and fatalities remain a problem for all motorcyclists.

If you suffered injuries in a crash, contact a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer right away. 

What are the Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents?

Even when someone survives a motorcycle crash, they still might face a lengthy recovery time from serious injuries. Some of the more common injuries to motorcyclists include the following:

  • Broken bones: Broken bones are common in motorcycle crashes because of the lack of proper protection for riders who are exposed during a collision. Unlike motor vehicles that have drivers and passengers in a protective cage, riders are out in the open and often suffer broken bones from even low-speed sideswipe accidents but may have several bones severely crushed when they are thrown off their motorbike.
  • Traumatic brain injuries: Even in cases where a motorcyclist is wearing a proper helmet, they are still at a much greater risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) than regular car drivers. TBIs can and often do cause serious emotional, physical, and financial burdens that can affect the injured motorcyclist for the rest of their lives.
  • Road rash: Road rash is a type of injury that occurs when a motorcyclist skids across the hard ground while their skin contacts the pavement. This type of injury causes tears and burns on the skin, which is not only extremely painful but may also require surgery for treatment and repair. Road rash may also lead to disfigurement, damage of the nerves, and chronic pain. 
  • Spinal cord injuries: Spinal cord injuries are common in motorcycle accidents, especially those accidents that involve high speeds or in any accident where the rider has been thrown off the motorbike. Spinal cord injuries are extremely serious and can cause paralysis or severe, intolerable pain besides forcing the victim to be out of work for a long time. Being out of work for a long time means the injured person also loses income and their livelihood is changed significantly, making it critical that they seek and get proper compensation for their injuries.

Call Chicago Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

At Malman Law, we have a team of motorcycle accident lawyers who can help you seek and obtain the compensation you deserve. Once we review your case, we will tell you exactly what our strategy will be to maximize your prospect of receiving full compensation for your injuries. When we are done with the process, you should be satisfied with the results we obtain for you in making sure you have enough money to pay all your medical bills, to replenish your lost income, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer today for a free consultation.

Steve Malman

Malman Law’s founder Attorney Steven Malman has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, truck accidents, car accidents, premises liability, construction, and workers’ compensation cases in Chicago, IL.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by President and Founder, Steven J. Malman who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a personal injury attorney.

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