Because motorcycle riders are not protected by the structure of their vehicles, bikers are likely to suffer serious injuries in a motorcycle accident. This is particularly true in an accident in which a motorcycle collides with a larger and heavier vehicle such as a car or truck.
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that an estimated 1.2 million people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries between 2001 and 2008. More than 34,000 motorcyclists suffered fatal injuries in accidents during the same time period.
When a driver’s negligence or recklessness leaves a motorcycle rider with serious injuries suffered in an accident in Missouri or southern Illinois, that driver should be held accountable. The injured motorcyclist may have the right to pursue compensation from that driver for medical bills and other losses the accident has caused.
The motorcycle accident lawyers at The Cagle Law Firm in St. Louis help seriously injured motorcycle accident victims obtain the compensation they need and deserve. Use our online contact form today to set up a free consultation about how we can help you. Or you may reach us seven days a week locally 314.276.1681.
Serious Injuries Are Common in Motorcycle Accidents
The CDC says the number of motorcycle -related deaths have increased by 55% since 2000. Motorcycle crashes killed 4,502 people in 2010.
In Missouri, State Highway Patrol statistics show 81 fatal motorcycle crashes in 2011 killed 82 people, and 1,893 additional motorcycle accidents caused personal injuries to 2,166 people.
The CDC study said more than half of all nonfatal motorcycle accident injuries treated in emergency rooms were to the leg / foot (30 percent) or head / neck (22 percent).
In addition to severe fractures of the femur (leg bone), motorcycle accidents can cause fractures of other bones in the leg or feet, severe cuts and bruises, and amputations of the feet and toes.
Severe head and neck injuries include traumatic brain injury (TBI) and damage to the spine or spinal cord, which may cause paralysis. Both TBI and paralysis are serious injuries that typically limit the patient’s life and result in steep medical and personal care expenses long after a motorcycle accident.
Additional injuries cited by the CDC include:
- Upper trunk injuries (20 percent). Injuries to the chest can result in broken ribs or sternum (chest bone) as well as damage to internal organs like the heart and lungs. In some cases, the sharp broken ends of bones can pierce organs in the abdomen.
- Arm and hand injuries (18 percent). In addition to broken bones and amputations of the arms and hands, one of the most common causes of a closed brachial plexus injury – damage to the network of nerves that conducts signals from the spine to the arm and hand – is a motorcycle accident, according to the United Brachial Plexus Network. This kind of trauma can leave victims unable to use their arms, hands or fingers.
- Lower trunk injuries (8 percent). The impact of a motorcycle crash can injure internal organs such as the liver, stomach, spleen and kidneys, or break the pelvis. A blow to the lower trunk can tear or rupture the diaphragm, which is the muscle that stretches across the bottom of the rib cage and helps with breathing.
Upper and lower trunk injuries may also include back and spinal cord injuries, which, depending on their severity, may cause paraplegia (paralysis that affects one or more limbs) or tetraplegia (or quadriplegia, which is paralysis of larger areas of the body, including multiple limbs and the trunk or neck).
Contusions (bruises), lacerations (cuts), sprains, strains, tears and other serious soft tissue injuries are also frequent in motorcycle accidents and can happen anywhere in the motorcyclist’s body. More serious soft-tissue injuries can result in profuse bleeding, which can lead to shock if not stopped quickly, or disfigurement, which may require multiple surgeries to repair.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a motorcycle accident in Missouri or southern Illinois, an experienced personal injury lawyer from The Cagle Law Firm can help you. Obtaining the compensation your injuries and recovery will require in the coming months and years will require the knowledge and skills of experienced motorcycle accident attorneys who can develop and pursue a solid legal claim on your behalf.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Injury Attorney in St. Louis
The Cagle Law Firm’s injury lawyers help motorcyclists who have suffered serious injuries in accidents in the St. Louis metropolitan area and throughout Missouri and southern Illinois obtain the compensation they deserve. We conduct thorough investigations of motorcycle accidents to determine the full costs of the serious injuries our clients have suffered and then aggressively pursue claims through negotiation or litigation.
Contact The Cagle Law Firm today toll free 1.800.685.3302, locally 314.276.1681. We can set up a free initial consultation to explain your legal options for recovering compensation for the serious injuries you have suffered in a motorcycle accident.