When motorcyclists are involved in an accident, they should seek medical attention. No matter how minor the injuries may appear at first, there is always the chance of a more serious injury, even if no symptoms are immediately detected.
Motorcycle accident attorney Brian Steed Tatum is very familiar with the types of injuries that occur following a motorcycle accident. He has years of experience in helping injured riders seek the compensation they deserve when suffering from serious—sometimes catastrophic— injuries that result from a motorcycle crash.
Injuries as a result of a motorcycle crash are usually serious. Because motorcycles are open vehicles, crashes are extremely dangerous for riders. The injuries include road rash and burns, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and death.
Road rash is common among motorcycle accident injuries. Protective clothing like jeans, boots, jackets, and helmets seldom protect a rider from road rash, which ranges from first-degree to third-degree road rash. First-degree road rash is a reddening and irritation of the skin. Second-degree road rash is a breaking of the first layer of skin, but it can still be treated with minor medical attention. Third-degree road rash, however, occurs when all layers of the skin break. This is the most serious type of road rash and can lead to infections if not properly treated.
Motorcycle crashes frequently result in fractures and broken bones. While some fractures may be minor and require only splinting or a cast, others can be more serious and require surgery to repair the broken bones. If severe, a broken bone can result in a permanent injury. In the most devastating of cases, bones are not only broken, they are crushed. In these instances, medical attention is essential to help prevent serious long-term damage.
During a motorcycle collision, often the rider is ejected from his or her bike. Subsequent spinal injuries may be minor with minimal pain and nerve damage, but more serious injuries to the spinal cord can result in temporary or permanent paralysis. Sometimes, spinal cord injuries can be repaired, but more serious accidents can result in the permanent loss of function.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a dangerous result of a motorcycle accident, especially if the accident occurs in a state that does not require riders to wear a helmet, like South Carolina. TBI often results in brain swelling or bleeding in the brain tissue. Even mild accidents can cause TBI if the rider is not wearing a helmet. Many symptoms of TBI include headaches, slurred speech, and loss of coordination, vomiting, and pupil dilation. Victims who suffer from TBI can have many longer-term effects including memory loss, speech, vision, and hearing problems, or problems with balance.
No one thinks about going out to ride their motorcycle and coming back home with a serious injury from a crash. However, if a motorcycle accident inflicts an injury on a victim, then having an experienced motorcycle accident attorney is very important to ensure that injured person receives the compensation he or she deserves.
The Tatum Law Firm has extensive experience in investigating the causes of motorcycle accidents and can help injured motorists seek compensation for their losses. We know the effects of motorcycle accidents can be devastating and long term, and so we are here to help. Our experienced motorcycle accident attorney Brian Steed Tatum will manage your case and pursue your claim effectively to ensure you are justly compensated for past and future medical bills, therapy, and past and future lost wages.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident where the loss of control of a motorcycle contributed to or caused the accident, please contact our office for assistance at (704) 307-4350 or reach out online for a free case evaluation.