What type of motorcycle accident injury did you sustain?
Helping you move forward after a neck, head or spinal injury
After a crash with a car or truck, it’s usually the motorcyclist who is most seriously injured. More than 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injuries like broken bones, deep cuts, internal bleeding, and, sometimes, death. Central Colorado has some of the most dangerous roads for bikers in the state, including I-25 and Nevada Avenue.
Wearing a helmet and protective gear can reduce the extent of your wounds, but it doesn’t prevent them. A biker wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to survive a crash than a biker not wearing head gear, however.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, you should consider having The Longo Firm, LLC, in Colorado Springs help you file your accident claim. We can deal directly with insurance companies and settlement negotiations, so you can focus on getting better.
Common motorcycle accident injuries
Among the many injuries for which you can seek compensation following a motorcycle accident, here are some of the most common ones:
- Cuts and lacerations. Nearly every motorcycle accident results in some cuts and scrapes. Lacerations are deep cuts and are also very common. This type of damage often happens when a biker gets thrown, crushed or dragged in a crash.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI). This is one of the most serious injuries that can result from a motorcycle accident. Traumatic brain injuries can completely change a person’s life, their attitude and their mobility. Severe TBIs can damage personal relationships and require the injured to have frequent medical care for the rest of their lives. The chance of sustaining a traumatic brain injury is reduced by wearing a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet and following speed limits.
- Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury caused by an impact to the head or a jolt. This can often result from a dooring accident, when a biker collides with an open car door or swerves into traffic to avoid a door. Concussions from dooring can be minor or severe, depending on the severity of the force of impact.
- Head injuries. Besides concussions and other forms of TBI, there are other head injuries a biker can suffer after a collision. Lacerations, contusions, or hematomas can result in the scalp or around the eyes. Facial fractures can also occur in the nose, jawbones and cheekbones.
- Broken arm, leg or wrist bones. Wrist bones are commonly damaged in a motorcycle accident as the rider instinctively extends his arms to protect his torso and head. This response can also lead to broken arm bones.
- Internal bleeding. It’s not always easy to recognize internal bleeding at the site of an accident. It is important to get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible after a crash. Even if you were treated by an EMT, a doctor may be able to catch internal bleeding that an emergency responder might have missed.
- PTSD or other mental health anguish. Motorcycle accidents are often traumatic. When people witness or are involved in terrifying crashes, their stress, anxiety, and depression levels often increase. If those feelings don’t go away and start to interfere with everyday life, you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
- Neck injury. Sometimes neck injuries take a few days to reveal themselves, other times they are painfully obvious. The sudden force of an accident can hurt delicate ligaments causing neck sprains and strains.
- Biker’s arm. This is a tingling or numbness in the arm(s) due to intense handlebar vibrations absorbed by the rider in the accident and over rough rides. The damage can be permanent if left untreated and can minimize mobility.
- Paralysis. Often a permanent injury, paralysis is the loss of the ability to move all or parts of your body. Surgery and years of physical therapy are often necessary in an attempt to regain mobility. Often, people suffering from paralysis never regain their full range of motion.
- Road rash and burns. A road rash burn is a skin injury that occurs when a biker’s skin comes into contact with the road. Road rash can require painful skin grafts or reconstructive surgery to treat, and there is a high risk of infection as well.
- Soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries refer to damage to the soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Muscle strains, torn ligaments, and contusions can all result from the high impact of a motorcycle accident.
- Spinal cord injuries. Spinal injuries are always serious. Usually caused by sudden, violent force, a spine injury can leave a person with decreased brain function and lost mobility or feeling throughout the body.
Take the first step. Get the lawyer who gets results.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s important that you get all the compensation you require to heal from your accident-related injuries and maintain your health for a lifetime.
Time and again, we’ve seen accident victims get larger payouts when they are represented by lawyers. This is because the insurance companies are not on your side. They don’t care what you need to recover after an accident. Their concerns are strictly financial.
Motorcycle accident lawyer Stephen Longo puts the insurance companies on notice - negotiate a fair and substantial payout or prepare to have a judge and jury order a larger award in court.
Recently, attorney Longo has won several large verdicts and settlements for clients that the insurance companies did not want to pay.
He got $700,000 for a client in a wrongful death claim that the insurance companies had rejected. He also got a nearly $300,000 verdict for a client when the insurance companies said they wouldn’t pay more than $30,000.
The Longo Law Firm, LLC, offers free case evaluations to accident victims and their loved ones. During your consultation, we will listen to the details of the accident, learn about what you need to make a full recovery, and guide you through your legal options.
Available on your terms – focused on your results
Attorney Longo understands that after a bad accident, money is usually tight. He represents many accident victims on contingency. This means that there is no retainer fee or hourly rate for you to pay. Our fee is calculated into your settlement or verdict and paid for by the insurance companies. We only get paid when we win.
Contact The Longo Law Firm, LLC, today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a trusted Colorado Springs attorney.