Common Types of Biker Accident Injury in Miami
Few things compare to the feeling of riding a motorcycle, and few places in the world offer riders the scenic beauty and fair weather Miami does. The sense of freedom that comes from cruising roads like Ocean Drive on your Ninja or the Florida Keys Scenic Highway on your Harley Davidson is one of the many reasons bikers are drawn to ride in the Sunshine State.
Freedom comes at a price, though, and for motorcyclists, the price is increased exposure and a higher likelihood of being injured in an accident.
If you or someone you know has been in a wreck, they need to speed with a Miami motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible!
Whether riding a Harley cruiser, a Kawasaki street-bike, or any other make of cycle, a biker always needs to be aware of his or her surroundings. No matter how careful a rider is, though, there is no accounting for the negligence of other motorists, especially during drive time in Miami. In fact close to ¾ of all biker collisions involve a passenger car!
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Here Are the Most Common Biker Injuries Our Attorneys See in Miami
One of the most common threads throughout all wrecks is road rash. These skin abrasions caused by the scraping off of layers of skin on pavement involve sharp pain and painful recovery. They can even require skin grafting in severe cases. It’s also vitally important to treat the wound with proper wound care techniques in order to prevent infection and scarring.
Broken Bones / Fractures
Broken bones are among the most common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents. While a broken arm, leg, or even clavicle (collar-bone) may not seem as severe as a head injury or paralysis, such breaks can lead to chronic, long-term pain. As this can lead to difficulty making a living and decreased quality of life, broken bones should be taken very seriously.
|Did you know? According to the National Institutes of Health riders over 50 years old are more likely to ride larger bikes, and were more involved in overturns or collisions involving striking highway poles, protective barriers and other structures?|
Injured Back and Neck
Thoracic injuries are the most common form of injury suffered by older bikers, according to the NIH. A wipeout at high speed can twist your body into positions that not even a contortionist can easily withstand. Lower back, upper back and neck injuries can be treated and can even completely heal these days with help from back physicians and surgeons, neurologists, pain management doctors, and chiropractors, but these injuries require a lot of therapy and can take years to heal. That is why you should try to get as much monetary compensation for your case as possible.
Shoulder and Rotator Cuff
Rotator cuff injuries are common in bike wrecks; unfortunately, they are not always given the attention such an injury deserves. Bikers, as a whole, are a tough breed, and some tend to shrug such injuries off as minor. The truth is, rotator cuff injuries left untreated can result in chronic, long-term pain.
Motorcyclists need to understand rotator cuff injuries are serious. They should be treated immediately, and often require time to heal. Riders who’ve sustained a rotator cuff injury should contact one of our motorcycle accident lawyers as quickly as possible.
If you or someone you love is injured in a motorcycle crash in Miami, contact our law office right away. You can ‘ask us anything’ about your particular situation whether your accident just happened or even if you have retained the services of another attorney and you have a case underway. We’d be happy to offer you a complimentary consultation.
The pain of injuries sustained in a wreck is hard enough to withstand. Don’t add to your stress by worrying about how to pay the medical bills, how to make up lost wages, and how to deal with the insurance company. Instead, contact our motorcycle accident lawyers. We will help you throughout your ordeal, from choosing the right doctors to dealing with the insurance claims to finalizing your Settlement.
Head and Brain Injury
Unfortunately, head and brain injuries are commonly associated with motorcycling accidents. Many motorcyclists still refuse to wear a helmet, even though helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69 percent and reduce the risk of death by 42 percent according to SafeRoads.org. Any wound to the head should be taken seriously and looked to immediately. What may seem a slight injury at first could wind up resulting in memory loss, concussion, and even severe brain trauma.
In the case of head or traumatic brain injury (TBI ), immediate medical attention and proper rehabilitation are a rider’s best hope of minimizing damage. Of course, such treatment is expensive. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney like Erik Alvarez can ensure you are awarded the compensation you or your loved one deserve, compensation that will mitigate the high costs of hospital stays and rehabilitation.
Spinal Injury / Paralysis
A spinal injury is life-altering, not only for the injured rider but for his or her family and friends as well. Paralysis such as paraplegia and quadriplegia require rehab, physical therapy, and often nursing care. Such services do not come cheap in Miami, or anywhere else. Bikers who suffer spinal injuries should work with an attorney like our own Rubn Chavez, who knows how to make sure such expenses are not be paid out-of-pocket.
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