Motorcycle riding is fun and exhilarating; there is no question that those who love the two-wheeled mode of transportation believe it’s the best way of getting from here to there – or anywhere! Savvy bikers also know that other motorists somehow seem to always fail to “see them on the road. With that knowledge and the fact that a motorcyclist has little to no protection against the elements while riding, experienced riders take safety precautions to protect themselves against careless drivers of cars, trucks, and buses.
It’s especially maddening, then, when a car or truck driver causes a motorcycle accident due to distracted driving, drunk driving or simply failing to follow the rules of the road (careless and reckless driving.) Accidents in Hudson, Middlesex, Union, and Essex counties often result in brain trauma, spinal cord injuries and other catastrophic injuries for the motorcyclist.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), spine, head or neck injury after a motorcycle collision, contact the skilled personal injury lawyers at Team Law today for sound advice about your legal options. We offer free consultations and there are no upfront legal costs to be paid by you or your family.
New Jersey law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet when riding. However, helmets and other safety precautions provide little protection for the biker in any type of motorcycle accident. This is simply because a motorcyclist isn’t surrounded by tons of steel, nor is a biker equipped with airbags and seat belts. On impact in an accident, a biker commonly either flies over the handlebars, gets dragged along the roadway or gets crushed between the bike and other vehicle. Head injuries, especially traumatic brain injuries, are the most common reason for wrongful death as well as permanent disability following a motorcycle crash in Irvington, Rahway, New Brunswick, Summit, Westfield and all across New Jersey.
TBIs are most often caused when the biker’s head hits the pavement or other stationery object. However, serious brain injury can result from the brain moving back and forth in the skull, too. This action can result in both minor and severe concussions, whiplash, and other extremely serious injuries (hemorrhages or hematomas which are serious brain bleeds) that often require surgeries, hospitalizations, rehabilitation and more.
It’s not uncommon for TBIs and other head injuries to leave the injured motorcyclist with lasting painful symptoms that will have a major impact on his or her quality of life. A TBI victim may be unable to walk, feed themselves, breathe without machines and otherwise live independently.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there are three levels of traumatic brain injury: mild, moderate and severe. As the labels suggest, an accident victim suffering from a mild TBI (also called concussion) may blackout for a very short period of time. They may have headaches, nausea, dizziness or blurry vision. With a moderate TBI, loss of consciousness could last up to a few hours. Other signs of a moderate level TBI include confusion and difficulty concentrating as well as other physical and behavioral challenges.
While some moderate TBIs result in permanent injuries for a motorcyclist, this is more common with severe TBIs. Coma is common, as is wrongful death. Survivors of motorcycle crashes with serious brain injuries may have trouble for the rest of their life with even the simplest tasks of daily living including eating, drinking, walking, etc. Sight and hearing may be severely compromised. Emotional and mental impairments are common with severe TBIs, as well.
If your spinal cord (or cervical spine – neck) is injured in a motorcycle accident, you can lose all feeling in your body below the injury. If the injury is in your mid to lower spine, you may experience paraplegia. This type of partial paralysis will prevent you from having any type of feeling and/or use of all or some parts of your torso, legs, and pelvic organs. If your injury occurs in the neck region or upper spine, you may very well lose all feeling below the injury. This is referred to as “complete paralysis” or quadriplegia. If this injury occurs, your entire body, including the torso, legs, arms, hands, feet, pelvic organs, etc., will be impacted.
Following any TBI or Spinal Injury, a Motorcyclist May Also Experience:
Team Law has several conveniently located offices throughout New Jersey, including West New York, Edison, Newark, and Orange, and we offer free consultations.
It’s critical to be examined by medical professionals immediately after a motorcycle crash. Even if you, the motorcyclist, are lucky enough to walk away from the accident, it’s important to note that brain, head, neck, and spinal injuries sometimes don’t become obvious until hours, days, weeks or even months after the accident.
However, in order to prove fault in an accident, which enables us to hold the other party responsible for your accident and get you the justice you deserve, we need to preserve any and all evidence as soon as possible following the crash.
Depending on the severity of the TBI, the injured person may have to undergo surgeries, physical therapy and counseling for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTS) and other emotional challenges following a serious motorcycle accident.
Treatment for TBIs and other serious motorcycle accident injuries can be extremely costly. In fact, a report put out by the National Foundation of Brain Research revealed that the average amount of money spent on caring for a TBI patient is about $151,000. With the cost of healthcare rising exponentially annually, the financial burden on the victim’s family may be staggering.
If the accident victim requires extensive surgeries and medical intervention and/or long-term care, your family will need financial assistance in paying for these medical necessities. Further, if your loved one is injured to the point where they can no longer earn a living, you may be entitled to money to cover medical treatment, pain and suffering, rehab and long-term care and lost future wages to pay for living expenses.
Contact Team Law right away so we can get started working on your personal injury case.
Many motorcyclists who are in accidents are not fortunate enough to survive the crash. Those who do often are forced to deal with the effects of a head, brain or spinal injury for the rest of their lives. They may be unable to work and earn a living and often unable to return to the quality of life they enjoyed prior to the accident.
We can help your family by pursuing maximum compensation for injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. We will hold the negligent drivers responsible for their actions and get your family the justice and damages you need, want and deserve. Call us today for a free consultation. There are no upfront legal fees and no out of pocket costs. We only get paid if we collect money for you.
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