Motorcycle accidents in Baltimore are frequently more severe than accidents between cars. After all, motorcyclists are vulnerable during a crash and are therefore much more likely to suffer serious or life-threatening personal injuries during an accident. The nature of these injuries can lead to hospital bills and other legal damages that threaten your financial security, in addition to your physical well-being, so having a personal injury attorney from the law office of Gilman & Bedigian at your side can be crucial.
Out of all of the injuries that you can suffer during a motorcycle crash, a head injury is among the worst. Unfortunately, because motorcyclists are so close to the trauma of the collision and are so prone to being thrown from their bikes, head injuries are common. Many of these injuries—especially if they happen in a high-speed crash—can be fatal, life-threatening, or permanently debilitating.
Worse, though, is the fact that you could be barred from recovering compensation for some of these head injuries, even if you were not at fault for the crash, thanks to Maryland's law of contributory negligence. While most states reduce the amount that you can recover in a motorcycle accident based on how at-fault you were, Maryland prevents you from recovering if you were found to have contributed to your injuries, in any way. For motorcyclists who suffered a head injury in a crash but who were not wearing a helmet during the collision, this can prevent them from getting any compensation for the horrific injuries they have suffered.
A less severe, but far more common, injury suffered by motorcyclists during a crash is road rash. This is a severe skin abrasion that amounts to a burn injury and happens when a biker lands on the pavement and then slides along it. The friction that this creates can tear away a biker's clothing—even protective clothing—and damage the skin underneath. In some cases, road rash can be so severe that it penetrates the skin, damages the muscles underneath it, and even harms the nerves in the immediate area.
Unfortunately, the potential harms of road rash are not just limited to the immediate aftermath of the crash and the possibility of scarring. Your skin acts as the leading defense mechanism against invading bacteria and viruses, so once it has been broken, the chances that you develop an infection increase dramatically. Keeping the area clean is essential to making sure a road rash injury does not develop into something far worse.
Perhaps the most common injury that bikers suffer in motorcycle accidents is broken bones and fractures. After all, motorcyclists are in the immediate path of oncoming vehicles and other objects and do not benefit from much, if any, of the sorts of protection around them that car occupants can count on. As a result, bikers are frequently hit directly by objects like car parts, light posts, or the ground during a collision, and each one of these impacts can come with enough force break bones.
Another extremely common injury in motorcycle accidents is a leg injury or lower body extremity injury. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), out of all of the motorcycle crashes that result in a hurt biker, 47% of those crashes led to the biker suffering an injury to a lower body extremity. This included injuries to their feet, ankles, shins, knees, legs, hips, and pelvis, as well as some severely painful and debilitating injuries like a broken femur or pelvis. Some of these injuries were severe enough that amputation was the only medically feasible answer.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Not all injuries in a motorcycle accident are physical. There are also numerous ways for bikers to suffer emotional or mental pain and anguish, as well. One of those is post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
The memory of a severe motorcycle accident can be enough to plague the mind of a biker for years after the incident. This is especially true if the accident led to severe injuries that prevent you from living your life to its full potential, or if the injuries have physical reminders of the accident, like scars or disfigurements.
Another non-physical injury that is not uncommon in motorcycle accidents is chronic pain. In some cases, severe injuries can continue to hurt even after the recovery process has reached its normal end. This is especially true if the injury impacted a motorcyclist's nervous system, like in a spinal cord, neck, or head injury. However, even relatively lesser injuries like broken bones can cause the kinds of nerve damage that are often associated with chronic pain.
Chronic pain injuries quickly become complex because there may not be a solid medical answer for it. This makes it nearly impossible to treat, but no less debilitating.
Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
Finally, the worst injury that biker can suffer in a motorcycle accident in Baltimore is death. When compared to car occupants, motorcyclists have a fatality rate that is 28 times higher, per vehicle mile traveled.
This is where Maryland's wrongful death statute comes into play. By giving the family of a deceased motorcyclist the standing to sue for his or her injuries in the bike crash, a wrongful death claim can compensate the living victims for their losses.
Baltimore Motorcycle Crash Attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian
These are just some of the injuries that you or a loved one can suffer in a motorcycle crash in the city of Baltimore or the rest of the state of Maryland. Frequently, the costs associated with these injuries surpass tens of thousands of dollars and lead to negative repercussions that are felt years after the crash.
Having a skilled personal injury attorney can make a big difference in the outcome of your case and the compensation you can recover. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian online for the legal help you need to get the compensation you deserve.