Statistics tell us that on average, driving or riding in a vehicle is most dangerous thing that most people will do each day; that is, unless they own a motorcycle. According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a motorcyclist is roughly 35 times more likely to become the victim of a fatal traffic accident, and are far more susceptible to serious traumatic injury than an individual traveling in passenger car.
Injuries suffered in these crashes can change a rider’s life forever, and can affect the lives of their loved ones as well. Some of the most common personal injuries experienced as a result of motorcycle accidents include:
Closed Head Injuries-A significant amount of serious motorcycle injuries could be prevented if more people chose to wear protective helmets while riding. Closed head injuries are usually caused by a victim’s head violently colliding with another vehicle, the pavement, or any other object that may be nearby at the time of an accident. The consequences of this can range from a concussion to extensive brain damage and this can destroy one’s ability to return to work or take care of themselves in the future.
Spinal Cord and Neck Injuries-Motorcycle accidents often involve striking or being struck by very rigid and unforgiving structures like steel and concrete. Compared to these things, a human being’s neck and spinal cord are extremely fragile, and are easily damaged. The most common result of this injury is partial or total paralysis.
Internal Trauma to Vital Organs-Like the neck and spinal cord, our organs are not able to withstand serious collisions with much harder objects. Internal trauma and organ damage is often something that accident victims must live with for the remainder of their lives, and usually requires medication and treatment in order to live a relatively normal life.
Broken Bones and Soft Tissue Damage-Compared to the injuries listed above, broken bones and soft tissue damage may seem minor, but these injuries can still have a significant impact on a person’s ability to work and maintain their previous way of life. In such cases, even injuries that are not permanent will take several months to heal, deleteriously affecting one’s ability to work and forfeiting much needed income in the process.
Our Chicago car accident lawyers have represented many clients throughout Chicago and Illinois who have been seriously injured in a accidents caused by another person’s negligence, and we have also handled lawsuits stemming from defective products and design faults. If you have suffered personal injuries because of someone’s reckless or careless actions, or if you are the survivor of a loved one who lost their life in one of these accidents, you need an experienced and dedicated legal team to fight for your right to compensation. Our lawyers are always happy to discuss a potential client’s individual situation and aid them in exploring their legal options; set up a free consultation to see what we can do for you.