In addition to bicyclists, the summer months also bring out motorcyclists. Kansas’ highways (especially in the more rural area) are best experienced by motorcycle (not to mention, the wind is a great way to keep cool on hot summer days. But just as motorcycling can be fun and exhilarating, it can also be dangerous. Because of the construction of motorcycles and the manner in which they are ridden, motorcyclists are more likely to suffer certain injuries than the occupants of a passenger car. These injuries include:
- Pelvic injuries: Of course, a motorcyclist rides a motorcycle by straddling the bike. A sudden stop or collision can cause the bike to slam against the rider’s pelvis and/or legs, causing broken bones or serious bruising. Aside from being painful, these injuries can result in significant mobility challenges. Not only this, if a motorcyclist’s reproductive organs are not sufficiently protected, pelvic injuries can result in serious damage to these body parts as well. These injuries can negatively impact the person’s ability to procreate or engage in physical relations with others.
- “Road rash”: When a motorcyclist is thrown from his or her motorcycle and skids across the road or other hard surface, the motorcyclist can suffer severe abrasions to any exposed skin. Even skin that is covered by clothing can skill be affected if the clothing is not thick enough or made to protect against skid-related injuries. These severe abrasions are most commonly referred to as “road rash.” “Road rash” is much more serious than the “rug burn” children often suffer during play. Road rash can damage skin and muscle tissue and require extensive and multiple surgeries to repair.
- Amputation/Loss of limb: When a body part or appendage becomes trapped or crushed between two hard surfaces, that body part may become amputated. For example, a motorcyclist may attempt to swerve to avoid a collision with a car only to have his or her leg trapped between the motorcycle and the car. Amputations are (obviously) serious injuries that can permanently impact the life of the victim. Expensive prosthetics can help the victim experience some measure of normalcy, but the victim many never be as active as he or she was before the amputation.
- Traumatic brain injuries: Motorcyclists are at a significant risk of suffering a brain or head injury in a motorcycle accident. This is why government agencies and rider advocacy groups strongly encourage riders to always wear a properly-fitted and approved helmet any time they ride. A traumatic brain injury – even a mild one – can require medical attention and treatment. More serious brain injuries can result in the victim requiring constant care and attention (which imposes a physical and financial burden on the victim and his or her family).
What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident
When you have been involved in a motorcycle crash, your first concern should be obtaining immediate medical treatment for your injuries. Because of the seriousness of many motorcycle injuries, obtaining prompt treatment is necessary in order to minimize the harm you might otherwise suffer. Once medical assistance has been summoned, you can then worry about taking photographs of the scene of the accident and your injuries as well as making obtaining the contact information for the other driver involved and any witnesses.
Because many injured motorcyclists do not have the time or resources to investigate their own accidents, it is important that you obtain legal representation as soon as possible. Kansas Personal Injury Lawyer Michael R. Lawless can assist you in obtaining compensation after a motorcycle accident caused by another person. Call his office today at (800) 734-3771 to discuss your motorcycle injury case.