As a Florida motorcycle rider, you probably never thought you’d be involved in a crash. Money is tight now that you’re out of work because someone hit you. Unfortunately, other aspects of life cannot stop because you suffered a motorcycle accident injury.
Your rent or mortgage is still due every month, and you must put food on the table for your family and gas in your car. In addition, you might start to see medical bills piling up. You’re in a stressful situation through no fault of your own. Someone needs to pay.
Suppose you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident in Florida because of another person’s negligence. In that case, you must take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family. Contacting Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon is the first step toward protecting your rights. Our Pensacola, FL motorcycle injury lawyers understand the stress and pain you and your family feel. For over 100 years, our firm has helped thousands of people injured by others recover financial compensation.
Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
Motorcycle riding is fun and exhilarating. But riding is dangerous as well. Drivers seem to be more careless than ever before. Their carelessness puts riders at risk. According to recent statistics, motorcycles in Florida represent only 3% of all registered motor vehicles in the state. Motorcycles only accounted for 2% of all auto accidents in Florida within the last five years. Notwithstanding, 17% of all motor vehicle fatalities within the previous five years involved motorcycle riders.
Motorcycles have enough power and maneuverability to avoid collisions if possible. But motorcycle manufacturers do not produce their bikes to survive a crash. As a result, riders will likely sustain severe trauma from striking another vehicle and hitting the ground.
Although the severity of injuries will vary depending on several factors, common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Head injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, concussion, skull fractures, and lacerations;
- Face and neck trauma like broken cheekbones, broken orbital bones, dental injuries, and eye damage;
- Thoracic injuries like broken ribs, broken sternum, and punctured or deflated lungs;
- Spinal cord injuries including paralysis, fractured vertebrae, and ruptured discs;
- Abdominal injuries including ruptured organs, bruised organs, and lacerations;
- Musculoskeletal injuries like broken bones, amputated limbs, torn muscles; and
- Skin injuries like scars, road rash, cuts, and bruises.
Motorcycle accident victims often sustain numerous injuries in a crash, even when wearing a helmet.
Does Age Play a Role in Motorcycle Accident Injuries?
Medical investigators performed a study of motorcycle riders hospitalized after crashes. The study looked at the type of injury the rider suffered in correlation to the rider’s age. The researchers limited the analysis to crashes in which the rider survived long enough for the hospital to admit them for treatment. Nonetheless, it is instructive.
The research suggests that older riders, i.e., those 40 years of age or older, ride larger and more powerful motorcycles than younger riders. However, older riders were more likely to wear a helmet.
The crash patterns were different for older riders too. Older riders showed they are more prone to rolling over and striking objects like bridge abutments, fences, and embankments. These crashes led to chest injuries such as deflated lungs and broken ribs. Researchers determined that the number of broken ribs correlates to a greater number of injuries to internal organs.
Despite wearing helmets more often, older riders are twice as likely to die from a head injury than younger riders. Additionally, older riders are more susceptible to suffering abdominal injuries.
Younger riders were more likely to be admitted to the hospital. However, younger riders are less likely to suffer a thoracic or abdominal injury. The difference might be explained by changes in an older person’s bone structure rather than the nature of the crash.
Injured in a Florida Motorcycle Accident? Contact Us
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We offer free, no-obligation consultations and never charge our personal injury clients any legal fees. We take cases on a contingency fee basis so our clients can get the most out of their settlement.