During 2015, there was an eight percent (8%) increase in the number of motorcyclists killed in motorcycle crashes in the United States. Approximately 88,000 people were injured, and 4,976 riders were killed in traffic accidents that year. Sadly, motorcyclists and their passengers have very little protection in a traffic accident. The passengers in the other vehicle are protected by seat belts, air bags, the frame of the vehicle, and other safety measures. A motorcyclist and rider receive the full impact of the collision because they do not have a metal frame surrounding them or other safety measures.
Even though a rider can take precautions such as wearing a helmet, sturdy boots, riding gloves, and protective clothing, many thousands of motorcyclists are still injured each year in this country. In addition to the initial injuries suffered by the rider, he or she can suffer terrible complications from the injuries that compound the losses sustained by the rider.
Complications Arising from Motorcycle Injuries
Some injuries you sustain in a motorcycle crash can result in life-altering and life-threatening complications. Examples of complications that can develop from motorcycle injuries include:
- Head Trauma — Head injuries are common in motorcycle crashes. We strongly urge everyone to wear a helmet each time you ride your motorcycle. However, even though wearing a helmet can reduce your risk for a severe head injury, you can suffer severe head trauma with or without a helmet. Complications from head injuries include traumatic brain injury (TBI) leading to cognitive problems, social problems, and early-onset Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. Infections and nerve damage can also result from a brain injury.
- Road Rash — While many cases of road rash heal with time and minimal medical intervention, some cases of road rash can lead to serious infections and sepsis. In addition, road rash can result in scarring and disfigurement.
- Spinal Cord Injuries — Spinal cord injuries can result in partial or complete paralysis that can lead to blood clots, bed sores, and muscle atrophy. In addition, the person could experience circulatory and respiratory problems and the inability to control bodily functions.
- Loss of Limb — If a limb is severed in the accident or must be removed after the accident, the person could develop serious complications including blood clots, infections, pneumonia, and bed sores.
- Eye Injuries — Facial injuries are also common in motorcycle crashes. Some of the complications associated with eye injuries include increased risk for glaucoma and cataracts, retinal detachment, and partial or complete blindness.
Have You Been Injured in a New Orleans Motorcycle Crash?
If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash, you might have a valid claim against the other driver or another party. You may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, including compensation for future medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional suffering for permanent disabilities and complications.
Contact Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm for a free consultation and no-obligation case evaluation with a NoLA motorcycle accident lawyer. Call (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 or visit our website to learn how a New Orleans motorcycle accident attorney can help you.