Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Car drivers are often at fault for motorcycle accidents, while it’s the riders who typically suffer the most serious injuries.

If you are facing one or more common and serious injuries from a motorcycle accident, the at-fault driver should be responsible for your bills. Their insurance company is protecting their own interests, not yours – but an experienced attorney can significantly increase your odds of receiving maximum compensation.

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Common Injuries Suffered in South Carolina Motorcycle Accidents

The chances of getting hurt on a motorcycle seem higher than ever.

According to national data, the deadliest months for motorcyclists are traditionally June – October, with August usually being the most dangerous month. The good weather brings riders out, and some of the most popular rides — like US 17 which runs down 220 miles of South Carolina’s coast— see a spike in crashes and injuries.

We urge you to seek medical attention after any kind of significant fall or crash. Here are some symptoms that should especially make you take notice if you’re thinking about toughing out your motorcycle accident wounds:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Confusion/Memory Loss
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness/Numbness
  • Sudden Sleepiness
  • Discolored Skin
  • Insomnia
  • Tinnitus (a ringing in the ears)
  • Swollen Abdomen
Tip: The most common way for a biker to get into a wreck is when a car coming the other direction turns left. Keep a watchful eye.

To try and prevent injuries from ever occurring, here are some reminders on protecting yourself from other people on the road:

Drive defensively by staying out of blind spots, riding staggered, and wearing correct protective gear.

Tip: A rhyme that’s stood the test of time: Dress for the slide, not the ride.

Unfortunately, injuries can occur due to another’s carelessness and negligence, no matter how defensively you try to drive. If you, or a loved one, have been hurt, seek the full compensation you may be entitled to.

Our experienced team of South Carolina attorneys is ready to help you. Call 1-866-900-7078 now to get your free case evaluation ($750 value).

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries and Trauma

Motorcycle wrecks can result in many different types of injuries – from internal injuries that require surgery and pose a risk of serious complications to nervous system injuries like spinal cord damage, which could lead to a permanent loss of mobility.

Riders are around 5x more likely to be injured in an accident than occupants in the car they got into a wreck with, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Motorcyclists are also about 37x more likely to sustain fatal injuries. These stark numbers may not get the attention they deserve because of the popular misconception that bikers don’t ride safely.

Motorcycle riders understand the risks involved and that it’s important to ride defensively and safely. Unfortunately, accidents happen often due to someone’s negligence. When they do, the injuries can be severe or even fatal. Our attorneys have seen a variety of serious injuries when handling motorcycle accident cases, and we have the knowledge and experience to help you.

Head Injuries From a Motorcycle Wreck

Head injuries can be severe and life-altering and are possible in accidents even when head protection is worn.

A permanent disability from a head injury may result in a reduction in income for the rest of the victim’s life on top of expensive medical bills and hospital care that can last weeks, months, or even a lifetime.

The following are examples of head injuries we have seen in motorcycle accidents:

  • Concussions
  • Brain damage
  • Skull fractures
  • Short- or long-term memory loss
  • Chronic headaches
  • Amnesia
  • Dizziness

Head Injuries From a Motorcycle Accident

Even a “small” brain injury from a motorcycle accident can be catastrophic. Please wear a helmet. Unfortunately, even if you take all the right steps, you can’t always avoid being injured by another’s negligence.

Head injury cases can be complicated in South Carolina. Every motorcycle accident head injury is unique and presents special challenges for a victim. In head injury cases, the expertise and insight of neurologists, neurosurgeons, and neuropsychologists may be needed to determine the extent of the victim’s impairment. In addition, a life-care planner and/or an economist may be needed to project the future cost of medical treatment and loss of current and future earnings.

Contact a South Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer who can help you fight for all the compensation you may be entitled to. For a free case evaluation, call 1-866-900-7078 today.

Hand and Arm Injuries from a Motorcycle Wreck

The impact of any type of serious injury, including arm injuries, can be far-reaching. Most jobs and many everyday tasks such as cooking and basic hygiene require the full use of hands, arms, and fingers.

In a motorcycle accident, riders and passengers may automatically use their arms to brace for impact. Naturally, the arms, wrists, hands, and fingers receive the brunt force of impact, particularly when the heavy motorcycle lands on any of these parts. Broken bones, fractures, sprains, and strains can result in medical bills and lost time from work. This type of motorcycle arm injury is so common it is often referred to as “biker’s arm” or “rider’s arm.”

A motorcyclist laying on the hood of a car after impact with his arm outstretched.

What Is Biker’s Arm?

Similar to whiplash, injuries from biker’s arm can range in severity and may not show up for days or even weeks later. Injuries range from temporary nerve damage to broken bones, permanent loss of the use of arms, hands, and fingers, and amputation in some cases. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, get immediate medical treatment to try and minimize the damage.

Symptoms of Biker’s Arm

Biker’s arm injuries can affect a variety of nerve pathways, including the brachial plexus in the upper arm, the median nerve, the radial nerve, and the ulnar nerve. Damage to these nerves during an accident can cause loss of feeling and movement – sometimes permanently. Symptoms of biker’s arm may include:

  • Minimal or no control of shoulder and elbow muscles
  • Inability to wiggle fingers
  • Lack of feeling in arms or fingers

Treatment for Biker’s Arm

In many cases, biker’s arm can be treated, but the sooner the better. Some possible medical treatments include physical therapy, special exercises, massage, chiropractic care, analgesics, and sometimes surgery. These types of injuries can take a long time to heal. Other times, nerve damage is so severe some people never fully recover.

Lengthy treatment can be expensive, time-consuming, and may require time off work. You may be coping with excessive medical bills, loss of income, and the prospect of long-term care and rehabilitation. That is why financial difficulties after a motorcycle accident or other auto accidents are not all that uncommon.

Tip: Loose asphalt, grass clippings, potholes, and bad weather can easily result in you being ejected from your motorcycle.

After an accident, gather info, seek medical care, and contact an attorney. Do not leave the scene or admit fault.

Leg Injuries From a Motorcycle Wreck

When someone is injured in a motorcycle accident, they can sustain any number of serious injuries, including leg injuries. Leg bones that are susceptible to breaking or fracturing include the femur (thigh bone), the fibula, and the tibia (below the knee).

A leg injury can range in severity. In a less serious case, a rider or passenger may sustain bruises, cuts, and scrapes or may have to deal with swelling and pain that last temporarily. More serious leg injuries can result in a permanent loss of mobility. Victims often cope with deep lacerations, broken bones, and fractures, and are sometimes unable to work for weeks, months, or even permanently.

Riders also may sustain damage to their knees, ankles, or feet.

Amputation After a Motorcycle Accident

In some cases, a rider or passenger may have to undergo amputation of a limb. This abrupt change in physical capacity can cause the victim serious life-long consequences. They may have to give up their job or their routine daily activities. Expenses that accompany these types of life-altering injuries can quickly drain a bank account.

If you’ve suffered a serious injury to your leg or another body part, the insurance company will tell you what they consider fair. In light of the long-term ramifications, any attempt at fair compensation can only come after poring over your medical records, accident reports, potential loss of income, and other crucial information to try and calculate complete potential recovery for all harms and losses.

Road Rash From a Motorcycle Crash

Road rash is one of the most common injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents. Road friction against your vulnerable skin at speed can be excruciating, debilitating, and even deadly.

Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death

If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle wreck, our hearts are with you. Filing a wrongful death suit may help you get a measure of justice.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin

Losses related to motorcycle injuries include skyrocketing medical bills, expenses related to lengthy rehabilitation, loss of wages due to time off from work, pain and suffering, and more.

With such high stakes involved in a serious motorcycle accident, it’s important if you’ve been injured to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to learn about your rights. Our attorneys are skilled at determining possible South Carolina motorcycle accident liability and passionate about helping clients pursue maximum compensation under the law.

Since 1997, our attorneys have helped our clients achieve remarkable results – more than $1.8 billion total for more than 65,000 people. And counting.1

Some of us at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin are motorcycle riders and enthusiasts, too. We understand what you are going through. Let us listen to your concerns and show you the options you may have to help get your life back on track.

Your initial conversation is free, and we don’t collect any attorney’s fee at all unless we recover compensation for you. Guaranteed.2 

If you, or your loved one, have been injured in a South Carolina motorcycle accident, call 1-866-900-7078 today for a free case evaluation.


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