Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident Injuries

The 2012 Traffic Safety Facts, provided by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, provides that in 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed [1] in motor vehicle traffic accidents, an increase of 7 percent from the 4,630 motorcyclists killed in 2011. There were also 93,000 motorcyclists injured during 2012, a 15 percent increase from 81,000 in 2011.

Common Injuries Caused by Jacksonville Motorcycle Accidents

Oftentimes the injuries sustained to the driver and passenger of a motorcycle accident can be severe including the following:

  • Orthopedic Injuries: This injury type refers to broken/fractured bones as well as strained muscles and torn ligaments or tendons.
  • Closed-Head Injuries: Refers to a head injury that doesn’t have a visible laceration or external wound, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), brain stem injury, subdural hematoma, or in the most serious cases, brain death. Closed head injuries are prone to misdiagnosis as the symptoms may not occur immediately. The most common injury from motorcycle accidents is a head injury, which includes a concussion and even brain damage. While a concussion can range anywhere between mild to severe, brain damage is not only debilitating but can also be fatal. Any sort of contact to the head should be closely monitored. To protect from such injuries, a helmet should be worn. While this sounds basic, a helmet can mean the difference between living another day and dying on the pavement.
  • Spinal Injuries: In instances of partial or full paralysis, the cost of physical therapy and other spinal cord medical treatment[2] will be intensive and on-going. Therapy can quickly drain a person’s finances if they are not properly represented by a Duval County motorcycle accident attorney.
  • Psychological Trauma: Cognitive side-effects such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common among motorcycle accident victims.
  • Road Rash: Road rash is any injury sustained from a rider caused from sliding across the pavement after a motorcycle accident. A rider can fly over the handlebars due to the impact, and the concrete rubs on any exposed skin as the body skids across the pavement. Sometimes if the clothing is thin enough, the pavement can scrape away through the layers of clothes, reaching to the skin underneath. This injury is not just a cut, scrape, or a simple bruise; it can also lead to more permanent damage such as skin irritations, infections, and even surface nerve damage. In incidents where road rash becomes a prevalent injury, it is important to have it professionally cleaned and treated by medical professionals who may provide antibiotics to avoid infection. To avoid the instance of road rash in the event of an accident, protective measures can greatly lessen the injury. No injury can be completely avoided, but the proper steps now can possibly save a life. Jeans by themselves will not protect from injuries sustained by skidding on the pavement, though there are specific motorcycle jeans to wear while on the road. Other protective garments include kneepads, gloves, and jackets. Leather is considered by many to be the best material to guard against road rash.
  • Leg Injury: Another common injury from motorcycle accidents involves injuries not only to the leg but also to the knees and feet. When these types of injuries occur, it will most likely not have a fatal outcome; however, the injury could grow into something worse if not permanently disabling. Injuries to the lower extremities include shattered or fractured bones or knees. Legs or feet can become broken, and injuries will more often than not include scrapes, large cuts, or road rash due to skidding, and even severe bruising can occur. Protective leather clothing, as well as kneepads, can be worn. Even protected, severe injuries may occur. Long pants, motorcycle boots, and safe driving are all methods of proactivity against unsafe chances on the road.

Contact a Jacksonville Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you, a significant other or any other loved one was involved in a motorcycle accident and sustained injuries, it is important to speak to a Jacksonville motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Eric S. Block, PLLC, our team of highly skilled motorcycle accident attorneys have helped many victims obtain the recovery they deserve for their injuries and related losses. Please call our office at (904) 853-1380 now for a free confidential consultation or contact Eric S. Block directly on his cell phone at 904-607-8888.

References

[1] http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/812035.pdf

[2] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-cord-injury/basics/treatment/con-20023837

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