The high speeds, heavy vehicles, and lack of protection in motorcycle accidents can lead to debilitating injuries, including but not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions and brain bleeding
- Broken bones throughout the body
- Skin abrasions caused by severe friction
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Back injuries, including slipped disks
- Internal bleeding
- Open wounds
- Ligament damage
- Severed limbs
These are only some of the physical injuries that a motorcycle driver could endure. Many of these injuries may not be apparent at the time of the crash, as adrenaline can hide the symptoms of injuries for days or weeks. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention after a motorcycle accident even if you feel fine.
In addition to the physical damage, emotional damage in the wake of a crash might cause depression, mood swings, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Any of these injuries can be devastating on their own, and the resulting medical bills can lead to staggering debt for years to come.
In 2014, 4,295 motorcyclists died as a result of an accident in the United States. That year, South Carolina lost 121 riders.
Wearing a DOT approved helmet can reduce the severity of motorcycle accident injuries and the chances of death, but cannot erase them. You could still be injured in a motorcycle crash even if you take every precaution. If you are hurt, speaking with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help you determine your legal options.