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10 Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Scene of a motorcycle accident with a red motorcycle down on the road after being hit by an SUV.

Many drivers may not fully understand the unique challenges faced by motorcycle riders on the road, such as their need for extra space and maneuverability. It's common for some drivers - and most insurance companies - to cling to outdated misconceptions about bikers being "risk-takers."

The truth is that most motorcyclists adhere to road laws, wear helmets (mandatory in Alabama), and prioritize safety. Accidents involving bikers are frequently caused by other drivers who fail to share the road responsibly.

On average, Alabama has about 80-90 motorcycle accident deaths per year. Throughout May, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month provides an opportunity to educate drivers about sharing the road safely and respecting the rights of motorcyclists.

At Dean Waite & Associates LLC, our Mobile motorcycle accident lawyers know that knowledge is power. By providing information about common motorcycle accident injuries, we hope to empower victims and their families to make informed decisions about their legal rights and options in the event of an Alabama motorcycle wreck.

Common motorcycle accident injuries

Unlike those in an enclosed vehicle, motorcycle riders are more exposed and vulnerable to injury in the event of an accident. As such, it's crucial to prioritize safety on the road. Here are the top 10 most common types of motorcycle accident injuries:

  1. Road rash occurs when a rider's skin scrapes against the road surface during a crash, resulting in abrasions and cuts.
  2. Fractures and broken bones. Motorcycle accidents often result in fractures and broken bones, such as arms, legs, ribs, and collarbones.
  3. Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), are common in motorcycle accidents, even when riders wear helmets.
  4. Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs). Motorcycle accidents can cause SCIs, resulting in paralysis or loss of sensation and motor function.
  5. Internal injuries, such as organ damage or internal bleeding, can occur due to the impact of a motorcycle crash.
  6. Soft tissue injuries, such as sprains, strains, and tears in muscles, ligaments, and tendons, are common in motorcycle accidents.
  7. Burn injuries. Motorcycle accidents involving fire or friction with hot surfaces can cause severe burn injuries.
  8. Facial injuries, including fractures, lacerations, and dental damage, are common in motorcycle accidents due to the lack of protection for the face.
  9. Amputations. Severe motorcycle accidents may result in traumatic amputations of limbs or extremities.
  10. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Motorcycle accidents can lead to psychological trauma, including PTSD, which can significantly impact a victim's quality of life.

Injured motorcycle accident victims may be entitled to compensation for medical bills (past, present, and future), rehabilitation costs, lost income, and disability benefits if the injury leads to long-term impairment. When motorcycle accidents are fatal, the victims' families may be entitled to compensation for loss of contribution, funeral expenses, emotional pain, and more. The best way to know how much your motorcycle accident claim or lawsuit might be worth is to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

How to share the road with bikers

As a driver, taking proactive steps to keep motorcyclists safe on the road is essential. Here are some tips to help you share the road responsibly:

Check Blind Spots

Motorcycles are smaller and may be harder to spot than other vehicles. Always check your blind spots before changing lanes or making turns to ensure there are no motorcyclists nearby.

Use Turn Signals

Signal your intentions well in advance to give motorcyclists time to react. Use your turn signals when changing lanes, merging, or making turns to communicate your movements effectively.

Maintain a Safe Following Distance

Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and motorcycles ahead of you. Motorcycles can stop faster than cars, so maintaining a safe following distance reduces the risk of rear-end collisions.

Be Cautious at Intersections

Intersections are high-risk areas for motorcycle accidents. Look carefully for motorcyclists when turning left or right, and yield the right of way to oncoming motorcycles when making left turns.

Avoid Distractions

Distracted driving is dangerous for all road users, including motorcyclists. Keep your attention focused on the road and avoid distractions such as texting, talking on the phone, or adjusting infotainment systems while driving.

Respect Motorcycle Lane Usage Rights

Motorcycles have the same rights to use lanes as other vehicles. Avoid encroaching on motorcycle lanes or attempting to share a lane with a motorcycle, as this can increase the risk of accidents.

Double-check for Motorcycles When Turning

Before making a turn, double-check for motorcycles approaching from the opposite direction. Motorcycles may be harder to see, especially at night or in low visibility conditions.

Be Mindful of Motorcycle Signals and Positioning

Pay attention to motorcyclists' signals and positioning on the road. Respect their right to maneuver within their lane and avoid sudden lane changes or aggressive driving behaviors that could startle or endanger motorcyclists.

Slow Down in Bad Weather Conditions

Reduce your speed and exercise caution when driving in adverse weather conditions, such as rain or fog. Wet or slippery roads can be particularly hazardous for motorcyclists, so give them extra space and time to maneuver safely.

Share the Road Respectfully

Treat motorcyclists with the same courtesy and respect as you would other drivers. Remember that they are vulnerable road users and deserve your attention and consideration to help keep them safe.

Injured in an Alabama motorcycle accident? Don't hesitate ... call Dean Waite!

Every year, Alabama experiences more than 1,500 motorcycle accidents, including about 80-90 fatal crashes. In all cases, motorcycle accident victims should consult with a trusted motorcycle accident lawyer to understand their legal rights and options for seeking compensation.

An experienced attorney can assess the circumstances of the accident, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and, if necessary, pursue a lawsuit to ensure fair compensation for the victim's injuries and losses.

If you were injured or a loved one died in an Alabama motorcycle accident, contact Dean Waite & Associates, LLC for a free case evaluation. We can answer your questions, explain your legal options, and help you decide next steps. A member of our team is available to hear from you 24/7. Contact us today.

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