Why Are Motorcycle Accident Injuries So Severe?
Get the facts from an experienced Florida motorcycle accident lawyer you can trust
Motorcycle accidents in Florida often result in serious injuries, especially in accidents involving other drivers. When these accidents happen, the consequences can be overwhelming. Many injury victims must undergo extensive emergency medical treatment, including life-saving operations.
But that's often only the beginning. Additional surgeries are often common for injuries to the head and neck. Many injured bikers also require long-term physical therapy. If victims sustain serious, life-altering injuries, they might need to modify their home to accommodate their permanent disability. They may be paralyzed or be left in a vegetative state, which raises extremely difficult questions for the families of the victims.
Not knowing what to do after such a devastating accident can be completely overwhelming. The pressures injury victims and their families face aren't simply financial. Serious motorcycle accident injuries can be physically and emotionally exhausting for everyone involved.
Why do serious motorcycle accidents often happen?
Motorcycle accidents happen for any number of reasons, but one of the top factors in these crashes is driver negligence. Other drivers often say they don't see motorcyclists, which can lead to a potentially fatal head-on crash. Many drivers claim motorcyclists were in their blind spot as they changed lanes, causing a sideswipe accident. In many cases, drivers are distracted and not paying attention when they rear-end a motorcycle.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents we handle include:
- Texting while driving - Texting is against the law in Florida for all drivers. Even so, many drivers continue to text and drive, one of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes.
- Talking on a cellphone while driving - Numerous recent studies have found that simply talking on a cellphone while driving can be distracting, even if the driver is using a hands-free device.
- Speeding - When drivers go too fast, they don't have time to slow down and avoid crashing into a motorcycle.
- Drunk driving - Drinking and driving remains a common cause, despite repeated warnings about how dangerous drunk driving can be for everyone on the road.
- Reckless driving - Weaving in and out of traffic, passing without warning and following other vehicles too close often results in motorcycle accidents.
What are common motorcycle accident injuries?
The list of motorcycle accident injuries covers a wide range. Common injuries include:
- Road rash
- Muscle damage
- Biker's arm
- Leg injuries
- Brain injuries
You can learn more about each one of these injuries by clicking on the links below. Please also contact us as soon as possible if you or a loved one has sustained a serious motorcycle accident injury. A delay could affect the outcome of your case.
- What Is Road Rash?
- Accidents Involving Muscle Damage or Soft Tissue Injuries
- What Is Biker's Arm?
- Leg Injuries in Motorcycle Wrecks
- Brain Damage and Motorcycle Accidents
Why should I hire Attorney Miller to handle my motorcycle accident injury?
Case results truly matter at the Law Office of Scott M. Miler.
"I have devoted my entire legal practice to representing individuals who have been injured as a result of the negligence of others," Attorney Miller says.
We won't take a one-size-fits-all approach to your motorcycle accident injury. We'll take the time to learn more about your accident and what happened to you. We'll listen. Then we'll work with you to develop a unique strategy to your specific legal issues.
Road rash refers to an injury caused by abrasion to the skin from sliding on the road. Motorcycle road rash injuries often occur on the arms, especially in warm-weather states like Florida, where many motorcyclists wear short sleeved shirts while riding.
Insurance company adjusters may argue your road rash is a minor injury. We disagree. Like burn injuries, there are different degrees to the severity of road rash injuries. First-degree road rash injuries are minor and often don't require medical treatment. Second-degree road rash often describe injuries in which the skin breaks near the surface.
Third-degree road rash demands immediate medical attention because all five layers of the skin have been broken, which can lead to an infection.
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Accidents Involving Muscle Damage or Soft Tissue Injuries
In certain cases, road rash can be a form of soft tissue or muscle damage. But there are many other types of motorcycle injuries that can affect muscle or soft tissue. That's why it's important to seek immediate medical attention after a motorcycle accident.
Soft tissue refers to anything that isn't bone. This includes ligaments, tendons and muscles. Injuries to soft tissue might seem minor at first. But soft tissue injuries can be very serious. And without proper treatment, a person's medical condition can quickly get worse.
Surgical operations are sometimes necessary to address soft tissue injuries or muscle damage. People with soft tissue injuries also often need physical therapy for weeks or months as part of their recovery process. That's why it's important to take your injury seriously right from the start. We will look at the short-term and long-term impact of your injury.
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What Is Biker's Arm?
Biker's arm refers to nerve damage in the upper arm often caused by hitting the pavement arms-first while falling off the motorcycle. Such an injury can result in limited arm movement and even permanent paralysis in some cases.
Surgery and physical therapy can sometimes correct biker's arm. But there's no guarantee the nerve damage can even be fully repaired. That's why it's critical to seek immediate medical treatment. After getting medical attention, contact us as soon as possible to learn about your legal rights.
Attorney Miller can work with you and make sure your injury receives the attention it rightfully deserves. We can negotiate on your behalf, deal directly with insurance companies and even file a lawsuit if necessary. We will not rest until justice is served.
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Leg Injuries in Motorcycle Wrecks
Motorcyclists' legs, knees and feet have no protection from other vehicles when they crash into motorcycles. That's why leg injuries are among the most common motorcycle injuries. Some injuries are minor, such as cuts and bruises. Other types, such as broken femurs (thigh bones) or other leg fractures, can sideline victims for months. Many motorcycle leg injuries are possibly even life threatening.
In certain extreme cases, leg injuries sustained by motorcyclists can result in paralysis below the waist or the amputation of a leg or foot. Such severe injuries demand strong legal action. That's why it's critical you have an experienced, aggressive Florida leg injury lawyer on your side, protecting your rights.
Attorney Miller and his tough legal team have decades of experience and know how to get the job done right. That's why injury victims and their families throughout the Greater Orlando area routinely rely on us to get the money they rightfully deserve. Case results matter here.
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Brain Damage and Motorcycle Accidents
Head injuries that result in brain damage happen far too often to motorcycle accident injury victims. Some head injuries might seem minor at first. You might think you or a loved one simply has a mild concussion that will fade with time. But head and brain injuries can be dangerously deceptive. What might feel like a headache or a case of dizziness can turn fatal in a matter of hours.
That's why we recommend victims injured in any type of accident seek immediate medical attention. You may have a serious head injury and not realize the true nature of your condition until a doctor examines you.
Brain damage caused by a motorcycle accident can change an entire family’s life, forever. That’s why it’s important that you have an aggressive attorney on your side that can help your family receive the financial support you need for the near and distant future.
Seek immediate medical attention if you or a loved one exhibits any of the following symptoms of a brain injury:
- Memory loss
- Slurred speech
- Trouble walking