Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
By Shane Kadlec on July 12, 2017
There can be no denying the thrill of riding a motorcycle on the open road. Unfortunately, the one disadvantage of riding a motorcycle is that they offer nothing in the way of external protection when riders are involved in motorcycle accidents. Even worse, innocent bikers often sustain horrific injuries that could have been prevented if the drivers of cars, trucks, SUVs, and other motor vehicles had simply been paying proper attention and shared the road as they were supposed to.
At the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec, we proudly represent motorcycle riders who were injured by the negligence of other drivers, helping them to obtain compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses and expenses. Shane R. Kadlec handles cases involving the full range of motorcycle accident injuries in the Houston, TX region. If you or a member of your family has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligent actions, or if you have tragically lost a family member in such an accident, Mr. Kadlec can provide you with the outstanding legal representation you deserve in your time of greatest need.
The types of motorcycle accident injuries described on this page represent just some of the types of injuries we have built cases on. Whatever type of injury you or your loved one has sustained, we urge you to arrange for an evaluation of your motorcycle accident case today.
Injuries Commonly Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents
The following injuries commonly suffered in motorcycle accidents are generally serious and are often catastrophic, requiring expensive care for up to a person’s lifetime. Mr. Kadlec has extensive experience in handling cases involving all types of motorcycle accident injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs):Brain injuries may produce symptoms immediately; however, they may not produce symptoms until weeks, months, or even years later. In the latter case, irreparable damage may be done by the time the victim seeks medical help. Traumatic brain injuries range in intensity from those that have temporary and relatively mild effects to permanent hemiplegia, a type of paralysis marked by loss of sensation in the arm, leg, and sometimes torso of one side of the body.
- Spinal cord injuries: There is really no such thing as a minor spinal cord injury, as even the least severe injuries are usually excruciating and expensive to treat. However, major spinal cord injuries are devastating. These include paraplegia, in which the injured victim experiences loss of movement and sensation below the waist, and tetraplegia, in which the injured victim experiences loss of movement and sensation below the neck.
- Head injuries: Common head injuries, even among bikers who wore helmets, include concussions, contusions, whiplash, and facial disfiguration.
- Road rash: Road rash refers to the abrasions suffered by motorcyclists when their skin slides on asphalt. In the most severe cases of road rash, all five layers of skin are burned away, down to the underlying layer of fat, making infection a real possibility. Immediate medical care is necessary.
- Wrongful death: Tragically, 464 motorcyclists and motorcycle passengers died in accidents in the state of Texas in 2015, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. This accounted for nearly 10 percent of the motorcycle accident fatalities in the nation that year.
Arrange for an Evaluation of Your Motorcycle Accident Case
To arrange for an evaluation of your motorcycle accident case, please contact the Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec today.