San Diego Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorney

Accidents involving motorcycles tend to produce more serious injuries since the driver is more vulnerable after a collision. The more serious the injury, the more costly the medical care, and the more demand for rehabilitation services. According to a recent insurance company survey they found crash victims suffer a range of minor bruises and fractures to life-long debilitating injuries.  

The most common injuries other than bruises called “road rash” are broken bones. When a car and motorcycle collide the impact can cause a broken arm or leg, fractured ribs, ankles and wrists. In fact 23% of all motorcycle claimants suffer multiple fractures. These types of injuries can result in serious complications arising from infections, and often require time off work for recovery.

Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs in 18% of all motorcycle injuries. It results when a person’s head suddenly and violently hits an object. Symptoms can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. A person with a mild case of TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes, could have a headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking.  A person with a moderate or severe TBI may show these same symptoms, but may also have a headache that gets worse or does not go away, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, an inability to awaken from sleep, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, and increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation. TBI can result in permanent disability, loss of income from the inability to work, and crippling medical bills from years of on-going treatment.

Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries occur in 10% of motorcycle crashes. These by far are the most complicated, life threatening, and expensive injuries to treat. Spinal cord damage results in either paraplegia or quadriplegia. These types of injuries require around the clock care, expensive medical equipment, intensive rehabilitation and medical services, and life-long financial support as these victims rarely are able to work again.

While it’s vital that a rider exercise real vigilance, even the most careful one can get into trouble on the road. Often, the assumption is that if a collision or accident occurs, the motorcyclist is at fault. Research shows this is not always the case. Drivers turning left in front of an oncoming motorcycle account for 40% of all deaths. Most of these accidents could have been avoided if the motor vehicle driver had used reasonable care. If your loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, consulting an experienced personal injury attorney can help determine if you have a wrongful death claim. You may be eligible to recover lost wages, final expense, loss of consortium, and more.     

Because these types of injuries require extensive, and in some cases, long-term medical attention, a motorcycle personal injury lawyer will not typically settle an injury case before the full extent and permanency of your injuries are known. There are many factors that go into determining the full value of your claim. The financial considerations include lost wages, medical bills, loss of enjoyment of life, long-term disability, the cost of future medical care, and damage to your property. It is always in your best interests before accepting a settlement offer to consult with an expert in California motorcycle personal injury law.


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