Motor bike accidents almost always involve an injury. There just isn’t any protection to the rider of a motor bike that can defend against all injuries. A helmet and jacket may cut down on the severity, but when a bike is hit by a larger vehicle, the bike and thus the biker lose. There are a variety of different injuries a motor bike driver can face.
Bike accident claims for back injuries
The most common of injuries in a motor bike accident are back injuries. These are also usually the most serious, often resulting in paralysis, due to spinal cord damage. These types of injuries are quite often permanent in nature and change the person’s life in numerous ways.
Forearm injuries in bike accident claims
When a motor bike is toppled over, which can happen in even a less severe accident, the rider instinctively puts out their arm to stop from falling. This results in bruising, scrapes, muscle damage and even bone fractures. It can affect the forearm as well as the shoulder, hand and wrist. In some cases the driver may put out both arms and have injuries to both.
Leg injuries in bike accident claims
As the driver is forced off their motorbike in a collision, their legs can get caught up in the fight between the motor bike, pavement and vehicle colliding with them. This can cause fractures in the hip, leg, ankle and foot. Scrapes, bruises, damaged muscles and nerves in the leg can also result from a bike accident.
Bike accident claims for head injuries
Head injuries, although usually lessened by the use of a helmet, are not always avoided even with one. If the collision is severe, the brain can be damaged just from the severe motion, even if not banged against the pavement. Sometimes this damage is treatable but often permanent brain damage occurs. Damage can case speech impairments, memory losses, loss of motor function, blindness, and many more potentially life-changing and life-threatening issues.
Psychiatric issues in bike accident claims
A common psychiatric injury caused by a traumatic event is “post traumatic stress disorder” (PTSD). During a harrowing motorbike accident, the person can experience shock, severe fear and a feeling of defenselessness. They can experience difficulty concentrating and/or sleeping. It can be difficult to refrain from reliving the trauma over and over again, resulting in panic attacks. These attacks may affect every facet of one’s life, including work and relationships with family, co-workers and friends.
Multiple injury bike accident claims
The most likely scenario is a combination of these injuries. Being in a motor bike accident will likely be horrific in nature. Even the luckiest of accident victims will likely have lost some skin to the pavement and have to deal with some psychiatric trauma as a result. In the worst cases, it is not the rider that suffers the pain; it is the family that has lost their loved one.
If you or someone you know has experienced a motor bike accident, call our helpful advisers at Accident Advice Helpline find out about the personal injury claim process. We can help you get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to chat to us today.
Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: David Brown