Motorcycles are fun to ride on a nice and hot day, however, no matter how fun they are they are dangerous to their riders and passengers. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents tend to be some of the most traumatic and devastating accidents because the riders are more exposed and therefore less protected than someone who is in a car. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or have been in an accident involving a motorcycle you may be entitled to receive certain amounts of compensation for your injuries.
Motorcycle Accident in Edmond, Oklahoma
Motorcycle accidents happen all over the country on a daily basis, but when they happen close to home it reminds us just how important it is to be safe when you are on the road with a motorcycle. Recently a man was taken to the hospital in critical condition in nearby Norman after he was involved in a side collision with a vehicle. Sadly, this is not an uncommon story and anytime there is a motorcycle accident there is likely going to be severe and life threatening injuries.
Some common examples of ways drivers recklessly or carelessly cause preventable motorcycle accidents include:
Motorcyclists have received a bad reputation over the years for being careless when they are on the road. While their reputation as poor drivers may not always be supported, there are certain driving patterns that tend to lead to more accidents. Some of the most common reasons for motorcycle accidents are:
- Driving above the posted speed limit – Motorcycles leave their drivers and passengers exposed on all sides, and when drivers exceed the posted speed limits then there is a much higher risk that there is going to be an accident particularly when a driver is negotiating curves or tight roads with narrow shoulders, because motorcyclists don’t have the time or space to get out of the path of danger.
- Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light – this is a reason that motorcycle drivers cause and are involved in accidents. It is harder to see a motorcycle from a car, particularly a large truck.
- Failing to check side – view and rear view mirrors as necessary. All cars have a blind-spot, and in trucks, there are areas that no motorist should drive in, which are known as the no-zones. If a driver fails to check their mirror they might not be able to see that there is a motorcycle in the lane they are about to merge in, which can result in a motorcycle being sideswiped.
Whatever the cause of an accident may be, the end result is often the same: serious injuries, which take months or even years to heal from. It’s not uncommon for these injuries to result in permanent, lifelong disability, leading many accident victims to suffer from long-term emotional trauma and financial strain.
Common Motorcycle Injuries
According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the most frequently injured body parts after a motorcycle accident were the extremities, which accounted for (36%) of injuries, with a slightly higher proportion of these injuries happening to the upper extremities. The head/face/neck region accounted for 28% of all motorcycle injuries, of which, 9% were classified as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Finally, the torso was the next most frequent site with 24% of injuries. In addition to these statistics some common injuries caused by motorcycle crashes and collisions include:
- Road Rash – road rash, which is characterized as large skin abrasions, happens when a motorcycle driver is thrown across the cement or pavement. In order to clean these wounds and keep them from becoming infected they need to be debrided, which is incredibly painful, and also often leaves permanent scarring.
- Crush injuries – crush injuries are another common injury when there is a motorcycle accident. These injuries are more likely to happen to a leg, arm, hand, foot, or another part of the body is trapped beneath heavy debris. If the crushed area is too severely damaged or is deprived of oxygen for too long, the tissue may need to be amputated.
- Head injuries – Head injuries are some of the most severe injuries and the ones that are often times the least understood. These injuries are also known as traumatic brain injuries or TBI’s can leave a person paralyzed, with broken bones, or even result in death. In addition people can experience varying degrees of complications after a TBI such as:
- Difficulty speaking, reading, and/or writing.
- Loss of physical perception, such as perception of pain, temperature, or pressure.
- Full or partial paralysis.
- Chronic pain, such as chronic migraine headaches.
- Insomnia and other sleep disorders.
- Depression, anxiety, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Shortened attention span and difficulty concentrating on tasks or information.
There are many other injuries that can result from a motorcycle accident, and if you have been in an accident involving a motorcycle you should seek medical attention immediately.
If You Have Been Injured Don’t Wait – Call an Oklahoma City Car Accident Lawyer at Hasbrook & Hasbrook
The personal injury attorneys of Hasbrook & Hasbrook will fight hard in pursuit of the greatest compensation possible for you and your loved ones. To start exploring your legal options in a free and completely private legal consultation, call our law offices right away at (405) 698-3040.