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Motorcycle Accidents Often Result in Severe Injuries

POV shot of a man riding a motorbike at night.

As the warmer weather arrives, motorcycle riding offers an exhilarating sense of freedom and adventure on Indiana's roads. However, riding comes with some risks, especially when sharing the road with negligent drivers. Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, which takes place nationally each May, is an important reminder for all vehicle drivers to watch out for motorcyclists and share the road safely with bikers.

Are motorcycle riders at risk of severe injury in a crash?

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to severe injuries in crashes than other motorists due to the lack of protective barriers. These injuries can have a devastating impact on your life, both in the short and long term. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident in Indiana, contact Glaser & Ebbs to see how our attorneys can help. You may be entitled to compensation, and we can help you fight for every dollar you deserve. Below, you'll find the most common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents.

Road Rash

Road rash occurs when the skin scrapes against the pavement in a motorcycle wreck, causing painful abrasions. Depending on the severity, road rash can range from minor scrapes to deep wounds that require medical attention. If not properly treated, it can also lead to infections.

Broken bones

Broken bones are common in motorcycle accidents due to the impact of a crash. The most frequently fractured bones include the arms, legs, and collarbones. In severe cases, surgery may be required to repair the damage.

Head injuries

Head injuries are among the most serious injuries motorcyclists can sustain. Even with a helmet, riders can suffer concussions, skull fractures, or more severe brain injuries that can lead to long-term cognitive and physical impairments.

Spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries can result in partial or complete paralysis, depending on the severity and location of the injury. These injuries are often life-altering and require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Internal injuries

Internal injuries, such as damage to organs or internal bleeding, are less visible but can be life-threatening. These injuries may not be immediately apparent but can lead to serious complications if not promptly addressed.

Soft tissue injuries

Muscle damage can occur due to the force of impact and result in strains, tears, or bruising. Severe muscle damage may require physical therapy or surgery to fully recover.

Biker’s arm

Biker’s arm occurs when a rider instinctively uses their arm to break a fall. This injury can cause permanent damage to the nerves in the arm and affect mobility and sensation.

Leg injuries

Leg injuries (e.g., fractures, cuts, and bruises) are common due to a motorcyclist's exposed legs. Severe injuries may involve extensive rehabilitation and can have a devastating impact on mobility.

Facial injuries

Facial injuries can occur when a rider’s face comes into contact with pavement or other objects. These injuries can range from cuts and bruises to more severe trauma, such as broken facial bones.

Tips to Share the Road Safely with Motorcyclists

Sharing the road safely with motorcyclists requires awareness, caution, and respect. Here are some essential tips to help drivers create a safer environment for everyone:

  • Stay alert: Constantly scan your surroundings for motorcycles, especially in heavy traffic and at intersections. Motorcycles are smaller and can be harder to see, so maintaining a high level of awareness is crucial.
  • Check blind spots: Always check your mirrors and blind spots thoroughly before changing lanes or merging onto highways. Motorcycles can easily be hidden in blind spots, making it vital to double-check before making any moves.
  • Use turn signals: Signal your intentions well in advance when changing lanes or making turns. This gives motorcyclists time to anticipate your actions and adjust their position accordingly.
  • Maintain a safe following distance: Keep a safe distance behind motorcycles to allow enough time to react to sudden stops or changes in speed. A good rule of thumb is to keep at least a four-second gap between your vehicle and the motorcycle ahead.
  • Respect lane usage: Motorcyclists are entitled to their own lane space. Do not attempt to share a lane with a motorcycle; always give them the full lane width.
  • Be cautious at intersections: Intersections are high-risk areas for accidents. Look out for motorcyclists when approaching intersections, and always yield the right of way when required.
  • Avoid distractions: Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions such as using your phone, eating, or adjusting the radio. Distractions can lead to accidents, especially with smaller vehicles like motorcycles.
  • Adhere to speed limits: Follow posted speed limits and adjust your speed according to road conditions. Speeding reduces your ability to react quickly to unexpected situations, increasing the risk of accidents.

Our motorcycle accident attorneys can protect your rights

Motorcycle accidents happen far too often in Indiana, and many motorcyclists are wrongly blamed. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, protect your rights and seek the compensation you deserve. At Glaser & Ebbs, we understand the unique challenges injured motorcyclists face. For over three decades, our lawyers have advocated for motorcyclists' rights in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and throughout Indiana.

Don't let negligent drivers and insurance companies take advantage of you. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We're committed to standing up for your rights, securing the financial compensation you need, and helping you through this difficult time.

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