Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Helping Bikers Recover Maximum Possible Damages

Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. represents motorcyclists in the New York City metro region and surrounding suburbs. Our attorneys have a reputation for aggressively pursuing the maximum amount of money and benefits for our clients. We have an equally strong reputation for treating our injured clients and their families with genuine compassion. Our New York City motorcycle accident lawyers can help you recover the money and benefits you are entitled to.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

A motorcyclist has virtually no protection if his or her head hits the pavement during an accident. A helmet helps minimize brain damage and reduce risk of death, but brain damage is still common, despite helmet use. Even what medical professionals refer to as “minor brain damage” can result in permanent loss of memory, cognition, sensation and motor function. Severe brain damage may require 24-hour life-long care.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Automobile and motorcycle accidents are the number one cause of spinal cord injuries. This devastating injury occurs when the motorcyclist is thrown for the bike and hits the pavement or a hard object. Spinal damage has life-long repercussions, including paralysis, loss of sensation or organ dysfunction to the area of the body below the damaged vertebra. Depending upon the area and extent of damage, a spinal cord injury may result in quadriplegia, paraplegia or partial paralysis and loss of functionality.

Road Rash

A motorcyclist sustains road rash when the skin is literally burned off by the friction of the pavement. The condition is painful and can lead to serious complications and infection. In addition, road rash tends to cause serious scarring.

Crush Injuries and Amputations

Crush injuries or amputation may occur when the bike lands on top of the rider or the rider gets caught between the bike and another object, such as a car or concrete barrier. Sometimes the damage from a crush injury is so severe that medical amputation is necessary.

Motorcycle Fatalities

The latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report estimates that motorcycle accident deaths were 26 times those from car crashes per mile traveled in 2013. Head injury was one of the most common causes of biker fatalities. Sadly, many bikers who were killed were not wearing a helmet, which is 37 percent effective at saving the life of a motorcycle accident victim and 67 percent effective at preventing brain damage, according the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Wearing the Right Gear to Prevent Injuries

Wearing the appropriate gear is one of the easiest and most important steps you can take to prevent injuries while riding your motorcycle. A helmet is required in New York for all motorcyclists. You should also don long abrasion-resistant pants, a long-sleeved abrasion-resistant jacket, gloves, boots and goggles whenever you ride.

The lawyers at Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. encourage all riders to protect themselves while on the road.

Maximize Funds for Your Motorcycle Accident Injuries

To recover money damages for injuries you sustained in a motorcycle crash, call Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. at 1-877-737-4806. We maintain five locations in Manhattan, the Bronx, Deer Park, Jericho and White Plains. Your case evaluation is free and we handle your claim on contingency fee basis, so you pay no money unless we win your case and get you the money you deserve.

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