Motorcyclists tend to suffer more lower-extremity injuries than upper-extremity injuries in wrecks. Although injuries to the upper body are generally more serious, as head and chest injuries tend to be more fatal, injuries to the lower part of the body are still serious and can involve complications, infections, and even amputations.
Some of the more common lower-body damage motorcyclists suffer in crashes include:
- Pelvic fractures. When the pelvic bone is fractured, it can result in either a stable or unstable pelvic injury. Serious bleeding and surgery often accompany pelvic fractures.
- Hip injuries. Injuries to the hip that occur in motorcycle crashes include fractures and dislocations.
- Knee injuries. Motorcycle crashes can result in tears to the ACL, MCL, PCL, and meniscus, and fractures of the knee cap or knee joint.
- Leg injuries. These injuries can include fractures of the tibia, fibula, and femur. Unfortunately, fractures of the femur (the larger leg bone) can result in severe blood loss and even an infection in the bone, which may lead to an amputation.
- Foot, ankle and toe injuries. Motorcyclists can suffer broken bones of the foot, toes, or ankle during a motorcycle accident.
While some injuries to the lower extremities are moderate, other injuries are severe and may result in hospitalization, amputation, and even death. Although most lower-extremity injuries aren’t fatal, many leg injuries result in impairment and disability. As a result, motorcyclists may need expensive surgeries and ongoing medical care. Not only should innocent motorcycle accident victims be compensated for their medical bills and injuries, but they should also collect compensation for their lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and other damages.
If you or a loved one suffered any type of upper- or lower-extremity injury in a motorcycle crash due to a driver’s negligence, it is important that you focus on your physical recovery and let an experienced injury attorney handle your financial recovery. To find out how we can help you, call us for a free consultation at (301) 942-9118.