When motorcyclists are involved in accidents they often come down on one of their knees. Because knees are one of the first body parts to break riders’ falls, knees often end up with serious damage after motorcycle crashes.
Due to the impact involved in motorcycle wrecks, knee injuries are often far worse than a simple bruise or scrape. In addition to external wounds, bones can be broken and ligaments can be torn. One type of knee injury that motorcycle operators sustain in wrecks is an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear.
How Can Motorcyclists Tell If Their ACL Is Torn?
One sign of an ACL tear is being able to limp away from the crash site only to be told by medical professionals that nothing is broken. If a rider is in serious pain and has a visibly swollen knee that is very weak, it is quite possible that he or she suffered an ACL tear. Some other signs of a torn ACL include an inability to put weight on the injured leg without pain and an inability to stand or walk.
If your knee is in pain following your motorcycle wreck but you were told nothing is broken, you may need an MRI to confirm internal damage, such as an ACL tear. When the ligament that supports the outside of the knee is torn, an injured person will generally require arthroscopic surgery, physical therapy, and time off of work to rest and heal.
If your knee injury was the result of another driver’s negligence, you need to make sure you get the most compensation possible for your injuries. Because insurance companies want to close your injury claim quickly and pay you as little money as possible, it is a good idea to talk with a lawyer or at least request a free copy of our report, 10 Tips to Get the Maximum Compensation After a Maryland Accident.