Motorcycle Accident Injuries in California

Legal Protection from a Long Beach Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Motorcycle accidents are much more dangerous than other types of motor vehicle accidents because bikes offer much less protection to its riders. Cars have airbags, seatbelts, steel frames, and other safety measures to protect its occupants, yet motorcycles have nothing. Regrettably, these accidents are often caused by negligent car or truck drivers who fail to spot motorcycles.

If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident and are facing hefty medical bills for your injuries, then you should seek compensation. To make sure you do it right, a Long Beach personal injury attorney from the Overett Group can help walk you through the claims process and protect your rights against greedy insurance companies.

Types of Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Injuries from a motorcycle accident are almost always severe and many riders are even killed from the impact. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have estimated that injuries cost around $12 billion each year, because they usually require multiple surgeries and long-term care. Here are some common injuries that a rider may incur from their accident:

Traumatic Brain Injury: If drivers are thrown from their motorcycle, then there is a good chance that their head may get hit. The force of the blow can allow the brain to be dislodged from the skull, or cause the skull to shatter. This may cause concussions, severe headaches, and even loss of cognitive or motor skills. While rehab may restore a person's former abilities, losses may be permanent.

Road Rash: Riders that drive with exposed skin can undergo serious abrasion from the pavement if they get into an accident. Even those that wear sturdy clothing may have it ripped or torn during a collision, which can allow the skin to be scraped. These wounds may produce scars that remain for the rest of the driver's life. Other scars may be able to be repaired through surgeries such as skin grafting.

Fractures: On impact, a rider's bones may not be able to sustain the pressure, so they crack or fracture. Depending on the location of the broken bone, these can cause an organ puncture, internal bleeding, or splintering. Simple breaks need a cast for several weeks; yet more serious fractures can require multiple surgeries and a much longer recovery period than a simple break.

Disfigurement: Drivers who fail to wear head and body protection may experience mutilation of their body parts. For example, their teeth may fall out from the force, which could necessitate oral surgery. The nose or jaw is also frequently injured, which may cause a person to need plastic surgery for their restoration.

Paralysis: Accident victims can be paralyzed if their spinal cord or brain is injured. The spinal cord is a nerve that controls the whole body, so if it is damaged, then information stops getting sent. Injuries on the part of the spinal cord that is closer to the neck will affect more of the body. The brain is also a major organ that controls body function. Damages to the brain tissue could result in permanent loss of mobility.

Over a Decade of Legal Experience

Our team understands that you may be undergoing serious physical and emotional stress during this time, which is why we want to remove the legal burden from your shoulders. Let our Long Beach motorcycle accident lawyer, Paul Overett, take over your claim. He has been 100% successful in the cases he has taken on, so you can rest assured that you are leaving your case in good hands.

Our goal is always to obtain the maximum compensation possible for our clients so that you can receive justice. Benefit from our free consultation by calling (562) 222-8526. We want to take care of you as soon as possible!