Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents

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Whenever you go for a motorcycle ride, you must wear the proper protective gear. However, even with the right protection, an accident can result in serious or even life-threatening injuries. Here are some of the most common injuries from which motorcyclists suffer. 

Biker’s Arm

One of the most common injuries that can occur from a motorcycle crash is called “biker’s arm.” This is an injury that impacts the arm when a motorcyclist instinctually positions his or her arm to protect them when they realize that a crash is occurring. While it can help to protect other parts of the body it generally causes very serious damage to the arms. 

The severity of the impact on the arms can result in nerve damage or even paralysis of the arms. Because biker’s arm often impacts the median, ulnar, and radial nerves, as well as the brachial plexus, the arms can also experience a temporary or permanent loss of feeling or movement. However, not only can biker’s arm occur when a motorcyclist places his or her arms out for protection, but also when he or she unintentionally lands on them after the crash.

A serious aspect of biker’s arm is that a motorcyclist may not even know that they are suffering from such an injury for days or even weeks afterward. This is because symptoms sometimes take a while to present. Luckily, doctors are often able to diagnose you with biker’s arm before you are even aware. This is why it’s important to seek medical attention right away.

Facial injuries – Despite helmets, facial injuries commonly occur in motorcycle accidents. Such injuries include everything from lacerations to eye injuries and should be taken seriously.

Neck injuries – The face isn’t the only place on your upper body that is commonly injured in motorcycle accidents. Often neck injuries can occur that cause issues with the soft tissue or even the bones. This can result in long-term pain and suffering. 

Spinal cord injuries – You can also suffer an injury down your spine. Spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents. This is because an injury to the spinal cord can sometimes result in partial or total paralysis, leaving the motorcyclist in a wheelchair. 

Road rash – Road rash is also a common occurrence. It results from a rider rubbing his or her exposed skin on the ground. Road rash can be very serious and sometimes even requires skin grafts to heal. 

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) – TBIs can result from hitting your head during a motorcycle crash. The impact can cause your brain to swell or even bleed. Be aware of the symptoms of a TBI and seek medical attention immediately if you hit your head. This is very important as they sometimes take weeks to develop symptoms, such as headaches, slurred speech, memory issues, and dilated pupils, among others. 

Emotional distress – While we often talk about the physical injuries associated with motorcycle accidents, sometimes some of the worst injuries can’t be seen. Many riders who experience a serious motorcycle accident (with or without severe physical injury) can end up with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can impact your daily life and often requires regular therapy. 

MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those in NM Who Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

If you have a loved one that has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, it can be devastating. It can be hard enough fighting to recover without the added expenses. However, you should never have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. 

At MPJ Law Firm, we have a deep understanding of motorcycle accidents and understand the effect that being involved in one can have on many aspects of your life. The lawyers at MPJ Law Firm will always act in your best interest. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

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